The year's most famous people and the year's most fascinating people aren't always the same. For every celebrity who had an incredible life story end in 2018 — Aretha Franklin, Barbara Bush, etc. — there's someone else who lived an equally amazing life that wasn't so well known. As we look back on who died in 2018, here are 34 notable women we read about who we'll remember long after their deaths. Talented and outspoken, these women's stories are entertaining and thought-provoking — and inspire us to do more with the time we have.
Women of the Year
You take gravity out of the equation and everything goes kablooey.
- Constance Adams
Equal opportunity is good, but special privilege is better.
- Anna Chennault
You never know what you'll want to write until it starts writing itself in your head.
- Jill Ker Conway
How many others will have to die for this war to end?
- Marielle Franco
It is an individual’s responsibility to bring about change. Let’s begin it and let’s get on with it.
- Frankie Muse Freeman
I don’t type. Bill types and I talk.
- Gloria Katz
Locking yourself away and just being sad, that's never been an option for me.
- Eva McGauley
The trouble with human beings... is simply that they don’t love others enough.
- Mary Midgley
The key is in her hand yet the door remains locked.
- Emily Nasrallah
When people learn about the problems and discuss them, things start to change.
- Oksana Shachko
I found God in myself and I loved her... I loved her fiercely.
- Ntozake Shange
My story is only one story, but it is the story six million others cannot tell.
- Gena Turgel
Like an ancient chiseling words in Aramaic / I will be heard!
- Catherine G. Wolf