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One of the most significant discoveries in the field of science is nuclear fission and the person behind this is a woman named Lise Meitner. She was the first person to work on a hypothesis on the process of nuclear fission. Her works and discoveries related to Uranium and nuclear fission had great implications in the scientific world. Unfortunately, her works were marred by the Second World War. She is the first person to observe that Uranium is the largest naturally occurring element.

10 Groundbreaking Female Scientists Written Off By History

Donaldina Cameron - Donaldina Cameron: (1869–1968) Founder of Cameron House in San Francisco’s Chinatown, this Scottish Presbyterian social worker defied Chinese gangs and crime lords, corrupt police, and complacent politicians to rescue girls kidnapped from China to San Francisco for sale as prostitutes and slaves.

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Hua Mulan (Cantonese - Fa Mulan) is a legendary figure from ancient China who was originally described in a Chinese poem known as the Ballad of Mulan (木蘭辭). In the poem, Hua Mulan takes her aged father's place in the army. She fought for 12 years and gained high merit, but she refused any reward and retired to her hometown instead.

Hua Mulan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yamei Kin was a Chinese physician and pioneer of tofu in America during World War I. During World War I she worked closely with the USDA conducting experiments to see if tofu could help overcome meat shortages. Between 1916 and 1918 she established a production plant in New York City in the hope of supplying tofu to increase the bulk and food value of meat dishes served to soldiers in training at near-by camps.

The demands of wartime production enabled Chinese Americans to move into the American workforce in large numbers. For the first time Chinese American women took on jobs as welders, riveters, burners and flangers.

Police officer Jiang Xiaojuan of China became a national, and then international, hero practically over night. After the devastating Chinese earthquake on May 12, the 29 year-old mother of a 6-month-old son, was called to duty. What she encountered when she reported for duty was babies crying in hunger and that’s when her maternal instincts kicked in. Jiang breast-fed the infants separated from their mothers or orphaned from the earthquake, at one point breast-feeding nine babies.

Mary Tape was a biracial Chinese American woman who believed that her daughter, Mamie, should have the same access to education as white children in San Francisco. In 1885, almost seventy years before the famous Supreme Court Decision Brown v. Board of Education desegregated American public schools, Mary Tape sued the San Francisco School District to offer public education to all Chinese children.

Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance

Mao Hengfeng: b. 1961; Mao Hengfeng is a women's and human rights activist in China. She refused to abort her third child after having twins. She was thereafter detained in a psychiatric hospital and dismissed from her job. A frequent protestor, Mao served a year and a half of re-education through labor in and two and half years in prison. She was arrested again, and placed in Shanghai City Prison Hospital, from which she was released in an unconscious state in 2011.

Mao Hengfeng Released in China!

Virologist Deborah Persaud has done ground-breaking work on HIV at the Johns Hopkins Children's Centre in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mina Rees: mathematician, first female president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and head of the mathematics department of the Office of Naval Research of the United States.

Esther Rolle! "I told them (the producers) I couldn`t compound the lie that Black fathers don`t care about their children. I was proud of the family life I was able to introduce to television." - referring to her show "Good Times" and her insistence on having a husband and father figure" ~ The beautiful Esther Rolle

As an eight-year-old, Mary Ellen Wilson was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly. Her case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Image dated 1874.

Constance Lloyd Wilde, while most famous for being the wife of Oscar Wilde, was truly a force of her own. She was a theater critic, journalist, and activist for women's suffrage and dress reform.

British Paintings: The unseen picture of Mrs Oscar Wilde

Louisa May Alcott: Louisa May Alcott is widely known as the writer of Little Women, a self reflective children's book published in 1868. The success of this book led to other books based on Alcott's life such as Little Men and Jo's Boys. Louisa's success as a writer allowed her to support her sisters and parents. Prompted by her wish to promote womens' roles and her hatred for slavery, as a young adult during the Civil War, she volunteered to be a nurse in an army hospital in Washington,...

Women in Chicago being arrested for wearing one piece bathing suits, without the required leg coverings. 1922

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On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts set out on a harrowing path toward Harding High, where-as the first African American to attend the all-white school – she was greeted by a jeering swarm of boys who spat, threw trash, and yelled epithets at her as she entered the building. A young woman of uncommon courage. Here she is, age 70, still absolutely elegant, poised, and a woman of uncommon courage.

1910, Tye Leung Schulze was hired as the first Chinese federal civil servant at the Angel Island Immigration Station, where she met her future husband, Charles Schulze. At the time they had to travel to Washington State to marry because California did not allow marriages between Chinese and white Americans. In 1912, Tye voted in the presidential primaries and became “the first Chinese woman in the history of the world to exercise the electoral franchise.” (SF Examiner May 12, 1912)

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn - was a labor leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Flynn was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a visible proponent of women's rights, birth control, and women's suffrage.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lucretia Marchbanks, who earned praise and a good living as the finest chef in the Black Hills. This photo is in the Adams Museum in Deadwood, SD. [ Ava Speese recalled that when her parents moved to Nebraska in 1907, her mother, Rosetta, drove one of the group's three wagons. "She took care of her own team, greased the wagon wheels, and she was just turned sixteen." The necessity of community effort enabled women to enjoy a measure of independence.]

On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her xmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.