Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) was one of leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. She was also the first woman ordained as a minister in the Methodist church.
During her time studying at Boston University as the only female student among more than forty men in her class, she became passionate about women’s rights issues. She served as the president of the National Women Suffrage Association for 11 years, leading the campaign to provide women with the constitutional right to vote. She was the head of the Women’s Committee of the United States Council of National Defense during World War I, and received the Distinguished Service Medal for her efforts, the first woman to receive the honour.