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Five Amazing Women from History (That Should Have A Miniseries)

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Alice Roosevelt

With the recent PBS release of Victoria (which previously aired on ITV), it made me think about five amazing women from history that also deserve a movie or TV show written about them. Many extraordinary women change history, either at the center stage or behind the scenes. The movie Hidden Figures, for example, showed the importance Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson had on the lunar missions. Their story inspired me to write this list and showcase some other famous women that time often forgets in favor of more prominent figures.

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Five Amazing Women From History (That Should Have A Miniseries)

#1 Ada Lovelace

As the daughter of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace already comes from extraordinary beginnings. However, it was her scientific mind that changed the world. Surprisingly, Ada invented the first computer program for Babbage’s Analytical engine. Unfortunately, her program was not tested. However, during the 20th century, it came to light that her invention was, in fact, a computer code and program. And while her male counterparts overshadowed Ada’s accomplishments at the time, she now receives the recognition she deserves. No doubt, a movie or miniseries about her life would be fantastic.

#2 Mary Jane Patterson

The Civil War was a difficult time for any African-American and Mary’s story is a real triumph. In 1862, she was the first African-American woman to receive a college degree. From there, Mary Jane received her degree in education and devoted her life to promoting education for African-American women. I think her story is an inspiration and would make an excellent movie.

#3 Aimee Crocker


There are many female explorers documented in history, but Aimee’s story is especially interesting. Aimee was your typical socialite during the 19th century, that is until she decided to have an adventure. She explored Hawaii, Borneo, and Shanghai. Her experiences fueled her stories for years when she returned to society. Certainly, her stories of adventure would make for a memorable miniseries.

#4 Alice Roosevelt 

As the only daughter from President Teddy Roosevelt’s first marriage, Alice was born to break the rules. Alice was known for her outrageous behavior and rebellious actions. Some of her antics included smoking, jumping into a pool fully clothed, and more. Not to mention she was quite the party girl. Alice did not believe women should have their freedom restrained. No doubt, a miniseries about Alice would be fascinating.

#5 Empress Maria Theresa

Another amazing woman from history was Maria Theresa. Unquestionably, she deserves more recognition in history. She was the only female ruler from the Austrian Habsburg Dynasty and passed many education and economic reforms to better her country. And while multiple wars and strict politics made her less tolerant in the religious department, she did, however, promote many good measures for people in her kingdom, making her a fascinating historical figure.

What amazing women from history do you think should have a miniseries made about them? Let me know in the comments!

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By on January 18th, 2017

About Mandi Harris

Mandi Harris is a freelance writer and blogger. If she isn't writing, she has her nose in a book. Books are her ultimate addiction. Her other weaknesses include period dramas, chocolate, and her pets. She is working on her own novels now and hopes to one day get published. You can read her book blog over at thepennedpiper.com.

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1 thought on “Five Amazing Women from History (That Should Have A Miniseries)”

  1. Yes! Love this!!! I want to see miniseries for all of these. I’d especially love to see a miniseries for Mary Jane Patterson and Alice Roosevelt.
    My brain isn’t working that well, lol, and I couldn’t think of that many historical ladies… but the ones to come to mind are Deborah Samson, a girl who disguised herself as a man to fight in the American Revolutionary War. And Ching Shih, a Chinese woman who became a pirate captain of a fleet in the 18th-19th century.


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