The Women in Time’s Most Influential List 2011: Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

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Oh boy. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh is a name I am super unfamiliar with. Come learn along with me.

  • She works with monkeys studying their use of language.


I think that she is influential but to a very limited extent. I think she is influential within her field, but I’m not sure her work particularly effects ordinary people. Teaching monkeys language is a cool and useful thing for people who work with primates, but I’m not sure how it would affect the average person. So I will say she is very limitedly influential. However, there is some evidence that her research might someday be used to help children with disabilities learn to communicate, but I will still say she has limited influence because it hasn’t been used for that yet and it might never be and/or it could fail.


Other influential women from Time’s Most Influential List 2011 that I profiled include Major General Margaret Woodward, Maria Bashir, Mia Wasikowska, Esther Duflo, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, Blake Lively, Kate Middleton, Michele Bachmann, Dilma Rousseff, Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Aung San Suu Kyi, Kim Clijisters, Jennifer Egan, Amy Chua, Angela Merkel, and Amy Poehler.

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