Women Subjects on United States Postage Stamps


Image of die proof of 1902 Martha Washington stamp.
Die proof of 1902 Martha Washington stamp, the first U.S. postage stamp to specifically honor a woman.

Although Queen Isabella appeared in the first commemorative stamps issued in 1893, the first stamp specifically to honor a woman was the eight-cent Martha Washington stamp issued in 1902.  The many stamps issued in honor of women since then are listed below.

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps lists all United States postage stamps and provides other useful information, including illustrations.  The Guide can be found in some bookstores and Post Offices, ordered by calling 1-800-STAMP-24, or purchased through the Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop.

 

Subject

Denomination

Date Issued

Martha Washington

December 1902

Pocahontas

April 26, 1907

Martha Washington

January 15, 1923

“The Greatest Mother”

May 21, 1931

Mothers of America: Portrait of his Mother, by James A. McNeil Whistler

May 2, 1934

Susan B. Anthony

August 26, 1936

Virginia Dare

August 18, 1937

Martha Washington

1½¢

May 5, 1938

Louisa May Alcott

February 5, 1940

Frances E. Willard

March 28, 1940

Jane Addams

10¢

April 26, 1940

Progress of Women

July 19, 1948

Clara Barton

September 7, 1948

Gold Star Mothers

September 21, 1948

Juliette Gordon Low

October 29, 1948

Moina Michael

November 9, 1948

Betsy Ross

January 2, 1952

Service Women

September 11, 1952

Susan B. Anthony

50¢

August 25, 1955

American Woman

June 2, 1960

Camp Fire Girls

November 1, 1960

Nursing

December 28, 1961

Girl Scout Jubilee

July 24, 1962

Amelia Earhart

July 24, 1963

Eleanor Roosevelt

October 11, 1963

Homemakers

October 26, 1964

General Federation of Women's Clubs

September 12, 1966

Mary Cassatt, American Artist

November 17, 1966

Lucy Stone

50¢

August 13, 1968

Grandma Moses

May 1, 1969

Woman Suffrage

August 26, 1970

Emily Dickinson, American Poet

August 28, 1971

Willa Cather, American Novelist

September 20, 1973

Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Physician

18¢

January 23, 1974

Sybil Ludington, Youthful Heroine

March 25, 1975

International Women's Year

10¢

August 26, 1975

Clara Maass: She gave her life

13¢

August 18, 1976

The Seamstress for Independence

13¢

July 4, 1977

Black Heritage: Harriet Tubman

13¢

February 1, 1978

Frances Perkins

15¢

April 10, 1980

Dolley Madison

15¢

May 20, 1980

Emily Bissell, Crusader Against Tuberculosis

15¢

May 31, 1980

Helen Keller/Anne Sullivan

15¢

June 27, 1980

Edith Wharton

15¢

September 5, 1980

Blanche Stuart Scott, Pioneer Pilot

28¢

December 30, 1980

Rachel Carson

17¢

May 28, 1981

Edna St. Vincent Millay, American Poet

18¢

June 10, 1981

Babe Zaharias

18¢

September 22, 1981

The Barrymores, Performing Arts

20¢

June 8, 1982

Dr. Mary Walker, Army Sugeon, Medal of  Honor

20¢

June 10, 1982

Pearl Buck

June 25, 1983

Dorothea Dix

September 23, 1983

Lillian M. Gilbreth

40¢

February 24, 1984

Eleanor Roosevelt

20¢

October 11, 1984

Black Heritage: Mary McLeod Bethune

22¢

March 5, 1985

Abigail Adams

22¢

June 14, 1985

Black Heritage: Sojourner Truth

22¢

February 4, 1986

Belva Ann Lockwood

17¢

June 18, 1986

Margaret Mitchell

June 30, 1986

Julia Ward Howe

14¢

February 12, 1987

Mary Lyon

February 28, 1987

Mary Cassatt

23¢

November 4, 1988

Black Heritage: Ida B. Wells

25¢

February 1, 1990

Marianne Moore, American Poet

25¢

April 18, 1990

Olympians: Helene Madison

25¢

July 6, 1990

Olympians: Hazel Wightman

25¢

July 6, 1990

Harriet Quimby, Pioneer Pilot

50¢

April 27, 1991

Summer Olympic Games: Women Hurdlers

29¢

July 12, 1991

Summer Olympic Games: Women Sprinters

29¢

July 12, 1991

Comedians: Fanny Brice

29¢

August 29, 1991

World War II, 1942: Millions of Women Join the War Effort

29¢

August 17, 1992

Literary Arts: Dorothy Parker, American Writer

29¢

August 22, 1992

Grace Kelly

29¢

May 24, 1993

Legends of American Music, Rock & Roll / Rhythm & Blues: Dinah Washington

29¢

June 16, 1993

Legends of American Music, Country & Western: The Carter Family

29¢

September 25, 1993

Legends of American Music, Country & Western: Patsy Cline

29¢

September 25, 1993

Classic Books: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (by Kate Douglas Wiggin)

29¢

October 23, 1993

Classic Books: Little House on the Prairie (by Laura Ingalls Wilder)

29¢

October 23, 1993

Classic Books: Little Women (by Louisa May Alcott)

29¢

October 23, 1993

Stars of the Silent Screen: Theda Bara

29¢

April 27, 1994

Stars of the Silent Screen: Clara Bow

29¢

April 27, 1994

Stars of the Silent Screen: Zasu Pitts

29¢

April 27, 1994

Legends of American Music, Popular Singers: Ethel Merman

29¢

September 1, 1994

Legends of American Music, Popular Singers: Ethel Waters

29¢

September 1, 1994

Legends of American Music, Jazz and Blues Singers: Mildred Bailey

29¢

September 17, 1994

Legends of American Music, Jazz and Blues Singers: Billie Holiday

29¢

September 17, 1994

Legends of American Music, Jazz and Blues Singers: ‘Ma’ Rainey

29¢

September 17, 1994

Legends of American Music, Jazz and Blues Singers: Bessie Smith

29¢

September 17, 1994

Legends of the West: Annie Oakley

29¢

October 18, 1994

Legends of the West: Nellie Cashman

29¢

October 18, 1994

Legends of the West: Sacagawea

29¢

October 18, 1994

Virginia Apgar, Physician

20¢

October 24, 1994

Black Heritage: Bessie Coleman

32¢

April 27, 1995

Legends of Hollywood: Marilyn Monroe

32¢

June 1, 1995

Civil War: Clara Barton

32¢

June 29, 1995

Civil War: Mary Chesnut

32¢

June 29, 1995

Civil War: Phoebe Pember

32¢

June 29, 1995

Civil War: Harriet Tubman

32¢

June 29, 1995

Alice Hamilton, MD, Social Reformer

55¢

July 11, 1995

Alice Paul, Suffragist

78¢

August 18, 1995

Women's Suffrage

32¢

August 26, 1995

Ruth Benedict, Anthropologist

46¢

October 20, 1995

Jacqueline Cochran, Pioneer Pilot

50¢

March 9, 1996

Summer Olympic Games: Women’s running

32¢

May 2, 1996

Summer Olympic Games: Women’s diving

32¢

May 2, 1996

Summer Olympic Games: Women’s gymnastics

32¢

May 2, 1996

Summer Olympic Games: Women’s sailboarding

32¢

May 2, 1996

Summer Olympic Games: Women’s soccer

32¢

May 2, 1996

Summer Olympic Games: Women’s swimming

32¢

May 2, 1996

Summer Olympic Games: Women’s softball

32¢

May 2, 1996

Georgia O’Keeffe

32¢

May 23, 1996

Breast Cancer Awareness

32¢

June 15, 1996

Legends of American Music, Songwriters: Dorothy Fields

32¢

September 11, 1996

Merian Botanical Prints

32¢

March 3, 1997

Legends of American Music, Opera Singers: Lily Pons

32¢

September 10, 1997

Legends of American Music, Opera Singers: Rosa Ponselle

32¢

September 10, 1997

Women in Military Service

32¢

October 18, 1997

Black Heritage: Madam C. J. Walker

32¢

January 28, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1900s: Gibson Girl

32¢

February 3, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1920s: 19th Amendment

32¢

May 28, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1920s: Emily Post's Etiquette

32¢

May 28, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1920s: Margaret Mead, Anthropologist

32¢

May 28, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1920s: Flappers Do the Charleston

32¢

May 28, 1998

Legends of American Music, Gospel Singers: Mahalia Jackson

32¢

July 15, 1998

Legends of American Music, Gospel Singers: Roberta Martin

32¢

July 15, 1998

Legends of American Music, Gospel Singers: Sister Rosetta

32¢

July 15, 1998

Legends of American Music, Gospel Singers: Clara Ward

32¢

July 15, 1998

Lila and DeWitt Wallace

32¢

July 16, 1998

Four Centuries of American Art: Breakfast in Bed, by Mary Cassatt

32¢

August 27, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1930s: Eleanor Roosevelt

32¢

September 10, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1930s: America Survives the Depression (detail of Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange)

32¢

September 10, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1930s: Gone With the Wind (by Margaret Mitchell)

32¢

September 10, 1998

Mary Breckenridge, Founder, Frontier Nursing Service

77¢

November 9, 1998

Celebrate the Century—1940s: Women Support War Effort

33¢

February 18, 1999

Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne

33¢

March 2, 1999

Literary Arts: Ayn Rand

33¢

April 22, 1999

Celebrate the Century—1950s: "I Love Lucy"

33¢

May 26, 1999

Celebrate the Century—1970s: Women's Rights Movement

33¢

November 18, 1999

Black Heritage: Patricia Roberts Harris

33¢

January 27, 2000

Louise Nevelson (five designs)

33¢

April 6, 2000

American Illustrators: Neysa McMein

34¢

February 1, 2001

American Illustrators: Rose O’Neill

34¢

February 1, 2001

American Illustrators: Jessie Willcox Smith

34¢

February 1, 2001

Distinguished Americans: Hattie W. Caraway, Senator

76¢

February 21, 2001

Frida Kahlo

34¢

June 21, 2001

Legends of Hollywood: Lucille Ball

34¢

August 6, 2001

Masters of American Photography: Gertrude Käsebier

37¢

June 13, 2002

Masters of American Photography: Dorothea Lange

37¢

June 13, 2002

Masters of American Photography: Imogen Cunningham

37¢

June 13, 2002

Distinguished Americans: Edna Ferber, Author

83¢

July 29, 2002

Women in Journalism: Nellie Bly

37¢

September 14, 2002

Women in Journalism: Ida M. Tarbell

37¢

September 14, 2002

Women in Journalism: Ethel L. Payne

37¢

September 14, 2002

Women in Journalism: Marguerite Higgins

37¢

September 14, 2002

Literary Arts: Zora Neale Hurston

37¢

January 24, 2003

Legends of Hollywood: Audrey Hepburn

37¢

June 11, 2003

American Treasures: Mary Cassatt—Young Mother

37¢

August 7, 2003

American Treasures: Mary Cassatt—Children Playing on the Beach

37¢

August 7, 2003

American Treasures: Mary Cassatt—On a Balcony

37¢

August 7, 2003

American Treasures: Mary Cassatt—Child in a Straw Hat

37¢

August 7, 2003

American Choreographers: Martha Graham

37¢

May 4, 2004

American Choreographers: Agnes de Mille

37¢

May 4, 2004

Distinguished Americans: Wilma Rudolph, Athlete

23¢

July 14, 2004

Black Heritage: Marian Anderson

37¢

January 27, 2005

American Scientists: Barbara McClintock

37¢

May 4, 2005

Greta Garbo

37¢

September 23, 2005

Black Heritage: Hattie McDaniel

39¢

January 25, 2006

Literary Arts: Katherine Anne Porter

39¢

May 15, 2006

Distinguished American Diplomats: Frances E. Willis

39¢

May 30, 2006

Legends of Hollywood: Judy Garland

39¢

June 11, 2006

Black Heritage: Ella Fitzgerald

39¢

January 10, 2007

Distinguished Americans: Margaret Chase Smith, Senator

58¢

June 13, 2007

Distinguished Americans: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author

75¢

June 13, 2007

Literary Arts: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

41¢

February 21, 2008

American Scientists: Gerty Cori, Biochemist

41¢

March 6, 2008

American Journalists: Martha Gellhorn

42¢

April 22, 2008

Vintage Black Cinema: Princess Tam-Tam (featuring Josephine Baker)

 42¢

July 16, 2008

Legends of Hollywood: Bette Davis

42¢

September 18, 2008

Civil Rights Pioneers: Mary Church Terrell and Mary White Ovington

42¢

February 21, 2009

Civil Rights Pioneers: Oswald Garrison Villard and Daisy Gatson Bates

 42¢

 February 21, 2009

Civil Rights Pioneers: Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer

42¢

February 21, 2009

Civil Rights Pioneers: Ella Baker and Ruby Hurley

42¢

February 21, 2009

Distinguished Americans: Mary Lasker

78¢

May 15, 2009

Black Heritage: Anna Julia Cooper

44¢

June 11, 2009

Early TV Memories: I Love Lucy (featuring Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance as Lucy and Ethel)

44¢

August 11, 2009

Early TV Memories: The Dinah Shore Show (featuring Dinah Shore)

44¢

August 11, 2009

Early TV Memories: Kukla, Fran and Ollie (featuring Fran Allison)

44¢

August 11, 2009

Early TV Memories: Burns and Allen (featuring Gracie Allen)

44¢

August 11, 2009

Early TV Memories: Ozzie and Harriet (featuring Harriet Nelson)

44¢

August 11, 2009

Katharine Hepburn

44¢

May 12, 2010

Kate Smith

44¢

May 27, 2010

Mother Teresa

44¢

September 5, 2010

Literary Arts: Julia de Burgos

44¢

September 14, 2010

 

Since 2011, all commemorative stamps for the First-Class Mail one-ounce rate have been Forever stamps, equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.  The value given in parentheses was the price of the stamp when first issued.    

 

Latin Music Legends: Carmen Miranda

(44¢)

March 16, 2011

Latin Music Legends: Selena

(44¢)

March 16, 2011

Latin Music Legends: Celia Cruz

(44¢)

March 16, 2011

Distinguished Americans: Oveta Culp Hobby

(84¢)

April 15, 2011

Helen Hayes

(44¢)

April 25, 2011

American Scientists: Maria Goeppert Mayer

(44¢)

June 16, 2011

Pioneers of American Industrial Design: Greta von Nessen

(44¢)

June 29, 2011

Black Heritage: Barbara Jordan

(44¢)

September 16, 2011

Twentieth-Century Poets: Elizabeth Bishop

(45¢)

April 21, 2012

Twentieth-Century Poets: Gwendolyn Brooks

(45¢)

April 21, 2012

Twentieth-Century Poets: Denise Levertov

(45¢)

April 21, 2012

Twentieth-Century Poets: Sylvia Plath

(45¢)

April 21, 2012

Edith Piaf     

(45¢)

June 12, 2012

Innovative Choreographers: Isadora Duncan

(45¢)

July 28, 2012

Innovative Choreographers: Katherine Dunham

(45¢)

July 28, 2012

Lady Bird Johnson

(45¢)

November 30, 2012

Rosa Parks

(46¢)

February 4, 2013

Modern Art in America, 1913-1931: Georgia O'Keeffe

(46¢)

March 7, 2013

Music Icons: Lydia Mendoza

(46¢)

May 15, 2013

Black Heritage: Althea Gibson

(46¢)

August 23, 2013

Black Heritage: Shirley Chisholm

(49¢)

January 31, 2014

Music Icons: Janis Joplin

(49¢)

August 8, 2014

Celebrity Chefs: Julia Child

(49¢)

September 26, 2014

Celebrity Chefs: Edna Lewis

(49¢)

September 26, 2014

Celebrity Chefs: Joyce Chen

(49¢)

September 26, 2014

Maya Angelou

(49¢)

April 7, 2015

Literary Arts: Flannery O'Connor

(93¢)*

June 5, 2015

Legends of Hollywood: Ingrid Bergman

(49¢)

August 20, 2015

*Three-ounce rate Forever® stamp.

 

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