This exhibit celebrates the lives of women who are or were DAR members who have made significant and positive contributions to American or international culture, society, or history through diligent application of their unique talents and abilities.  This Web site features just a portion of a list of over 120 Dazzling Daughters that includes several first ladies, writers, artists, educators, scientists, social reformers, entertainers, and many others. Click here to download the complete list (PDF).

Click each Daughter's name for more information. Starred Daughters include additional photographs or documents to view.

1840's - 1880's

Women of the early nineteenth century were expected to reside exclusively in the sphere of domesticity limiting their role to nurturing mother, loving wife, and virtuous woman. However, beginning in the 1830s and strengthening with each subsequent decade, women began to move further into the public sphere.

Frances Willard, Academic,
Suffragist and Reformer
*Clara Barton, Founder,
American Red Cross
*Susan B. Anthony,
Suffragist and Reformer
Julia Dent Grant,
First Lady

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1890's - 1910's

The DAR was founded in Washington, DC in 1890 at the beginning of what historians refer to as the Progressive Era. Women not only took advantage of new educational and career opportunities available to them but also continued very active in a variety of social reform activities including workers’ rights and women’s suffrage.

Alice Stokes Paul,
Anita Newcomb McGee, Founder,
Army Nurse Corps

*Lucy Maynard Salmon,
Historian and Professor

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1920's - 1940's

This era began with the pervasive image of the feminine yet independent “flapper,” continued with an increase in the number of clerical jobs available to women, and culminated in World War II which saw women filling skilled industrial jobs that had previously been unavailable to them.

Jane Addams, Activist
and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
*Pauline Morton Sabin Davis,
Activist and Reformer
Ginger Rogers,
Jeannette Ridlon Piccard ,
Balloonist and NASA Consultant

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1950's - 1970's

The 1950s ushered in a new era of domesticity in which women faced great pressure to relinquish their jobs and resume traditional roles as wives and mothers. Consequently, women worked throughout this period to publicize a variety of civil rights issues including the prevalence of violence against women and the lack of adequate maternity leave and day care.

Lillian Gish,
Grace Murray Hopper,
Navy Admiral

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1980's - Present

Despite the progress and achievements toward women’s rights in previous decades there continued to be historic “firsts” for women throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The pioneers of the era include Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, astronaut Sally Ride, and presidential candidate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Janet Reno,
Former Attorney General
Judsen Culbreth ,
Laura Welch Bush,
First Lady

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Four Founders

NSDAR Archives