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Women who have changed the world

Women and rights

"I stand for the children of tomorrow. I believe in the constructive aspect of humanity. We need each other. We need to come together in the circle of life, and not leave anyone behind. We need to reach out to each other and accept each other unconditionally. More than ever, it is necessary for people to face the light and walk in balance. In every darkened valley there us a light source; walk toward it." - Sarah Smith (Mohawk First Nation)

Real power. Waneek Horn-Miller is Mohawk from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory located on the south shore of Montreal. In 1990 Waneek was behind the lines during the Oka Crisis and was stabbed by a Canadian soldier on Sept 26, at the end of the siege. Waneek turned this life changing experience into a way to empower her on her road to her dream of competing in the Olympic games as she had seen fellow Mohawk Alwyn Morris do in 1984. She won a gold medal in '99.

Jikonsahseh became known as the “Mother of Nations” for her role in bringing the Iroquois people together. She became the first clan mother of the Iroquois

Unit 1 - People Who Make A Difference

Political Cartoon from 1914 showing Iroquois women looking down on the white women fighting for the right to vote, in Iroquois society Women & Men are equal.

Bertha Parker Pallan [Cody] (1907-1978) Considered To Be One of The First Female Archaeologists - Seneca

Joanne Shenandoah is an Iroquois singer, composer and acoustic guitarist. She is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation, of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.

Joanne Shenandoah – Oneida

Caroline Parker (Seneca) in 1849 who, by the age of 19, was already recognized as a highly skilled artist. She is wearing an outfit that she created herself.

Image detail for -august 2004 actor alex rice mohawk was raised in kahnawake quebec and ...

Ayâsta, one of three Cherokee storytellers interviewed extensively by James Mooney between 1887 and 1890 for this collection. “She was the only woman privileged to speak in council among the East Cherokee.”

The Man Who Married The Thunder's Sister - Appalachian History

Early Feminists were inspired by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois confederacy). Overcoming intertribal warfare they developed a union based on respect, balance and dignity of all, women included. Pictures show Audrey and Jeanne ann Shenandoah, Rochelle Brown, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Mathilda Joslyn Gage. "Under Iroquois women the science of Government reached the highest form known to the world".

Princess White Deer Performed in the 1927 Ziegfeld 9 O’Clock Frolic she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of April 1921. Born Esther Louise Georgette Deer of Chief James Deer and Georgette Osborne Deer (Iroquois Tribe, Mohawk - Akwesasne people of the St. Lawrence Seaway region) in 1891. She is now called the first Native American to gain fame as a dancer and vocalist.

"Men have no concept of how to design things for the home. Women should design the things they use.” So said industrial designer Eva Zeisel, who died yesterday at age 105, after a rich, creative, and highly influential life.

An Aesthete's Lament: Requiescat in Pace: Eva Zeisel

"Women who set a low value for themselves make life hard for all women." Nellie McClung (Canadian activist - helped women legally run for senate in CA)

Nellie McClung Biography | Canadian Women's Activist and Politian

Cecilia Payne the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity and Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.

Cecilia Payne, Cosmic Queen

Juana Galán, nicknamed La Galana, was a guerrilla fighter of the Peninsular War. In the battle in Valdepeñas against Napoleon's troops, there was a lack of sufficient men to defend the village, so she encouraged women to go out and fight. The other women poured hot water through the windows and boiling hot oil on the road, while Galán was armed with a baton.

5 Untrained Civilians Who Took On Armies

Ernestine Rose (January 13, 1810 – August 4, 1892) was an atheist feminist, individualist feminist, and abolitionist. She was one of the major intellectual forces behind the women's rights movement in nineteenth-century America. In the 1840s and 1850s, Rose joined the "pantheon of great American women", including such influential women as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis and Sojourner Truth and fought for women's rights and abolition.

Ernestine Rose - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Milena Jesenska, Czech journalist, writer, editor and translator, who refused to abandon her Jewish friends and was deported with several of them to Ravensbruck concentration camp, where she died.

Milena Jesenská - Righteous Among the Nations

Amy Tan - was my first female Asian Author. Her writing gave me permission to laugh out loud at the qualities of Asian mothering that I found so terribly irritating. Tan tells her wonderful stories with a just a touch of of the supernatural that is so natural in the culture of Asian families. IKW

If you add up all the forms of gynocide, from female infanticide and genital mutilation to so-called honor crimes, sex trafficking, and domestic abuse, everything, we lose about 6 million humans every year just because they were born female. That’s a holocaust every year. --Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem Quotes Page 3 at Quote Collection

Ellen Degeneres' Feb 8 2012 monologue in response to the One Million Mom boycott of JC Penney and the Prop 8 resolution. Join us Saturday February 25th - we're going shopping at JCP to show them how happy we are that they stood by Ellen's side!

This is Lisa Williams. When she read about a 10 yr old girl prosecuted for prostitution while the men who used her & made money from her walked free, she decided to do something about it. Living Water for girls is an amazing program to help girls in the US!

Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, here at 23 years of age, being interrogated by the military. She was arrested in 1970 as a member of COLINA, a far left organization that fought against the military junta. Dilma was tortured for 22 days and spent 3 years in prison. Today she is Brazil's first woman president.

Noor Inayat Khan, the British agent who ran a spy network in Paris. For ten months she was tortured by the Gestapo desperate for any information about SOE operations, but she stood firm and was eventually executed at Dachau concentration camp on September 13, 1944, aged just 30.