Buffalo Gals

Remembering WNY women of substance

Actress Katherine Cornell (1893-1974)


In honor of Women’s History Month, we thought we’d celebrate a few of our favorite dames who made Buffalo proud.


Katharine Cornell (1893–1974) Broadway actress known as the “First Lady of the Theater”


Zorah Berry (1889–1969) Local concert promoter who brought hundreds of musical performers to Buffalo during her forty-year career


Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856–1913) First female architect to practice in the United States, designed the Hotel Lafayette on Washington Street


Taylor Caldwell (1900–1985) Novelist who wrote more than forty works of fiction that sold an estimated 30 million copies


Shirley Chisholm (1924–2005) First black woman elected to the US House of Representatives and the first African American to run for US president


Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) American poet, writer, and educator, Poet Laureate of Maryland, nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry


Marian DeForest (1864-1935) One of the first female newspaper reporters in Buffalo, playwright, major force in the progressive women’s movement, founder of the Zonta Club, and board member of the SPCA and the Buffalo Public Library


Anna Katharine Green (1846–1935) Bestselling author and poet, known as the “Mother of the detective novel”


Ann Montgomery (1891–1978) Successful business owner, established the Little Harlem nightclub hosting notable jazz performers


Maggie Kuhn (1905–1995) Activist known for founding the Gray Panthers movement, advocating nursing home reform and fighting ageism


Maria Love (1840-1931) Philanthropist and social services pioneer, established the Fitch Crèche in 1881, the first day care center in the United States, to care for the children of the working poor


Mary Burnett Talbert (1866–1923) Civil rights activist who founded the Niagara Movement, a predecessor of the NAACP       


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