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Mukhtar Mai is a Pakistani woman who, after being gang-raped, was expected to commit suicide. Instead, she prosecuted her attackers and used compensation money to start schools, a women's shelter and an organization to support women from around Pakistan. There is a chapter dedicated to telling her story in "Half the Sky."

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The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews

"Jean-Marie Villot (1905 – 1979) was a French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. During World War II, Gerlier condemned Pierre Laval's deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps, the severe conditions of which he also opposed. Moreover, he asked that religious orders take Jewish children into hiding. For his efforts to save Jews during World War II he was posthumously awarded the title Righteous among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1981."

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Ruby Bridges was from Tylertown, Mississippi. In 1960, when she was 6 years old, her parents responded to a call from the NAACP and volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans School system. She is known as the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South.

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Oft forgotten heroines on WW2 -Lumberjills of The Women's Timber Corps. Like the many other amazing heroines of their time, the ladies of the Women’s Timber Corps stepped into unconventional britches in order to keep the industry, and country, moving while the men were off at war.

Long May She Rain : Lumberjills of The Women's Timber Corps

It was not until 1991 that the U.S. Army quietly declassified its secret report on the killings at Dachau. It details several other incidents that day: a U.S. lieutenant ordered four German soldiers into an empty boxcar and personally shot each of them. Another American soldier clubbed and shot those still moaning. Several GIs turned their backs on two inmates beating a German guard to death with a shovel. It was said that one of the inmates had been castrated by the German they were murdering.

Élise Rivet was the Mother Superior at the convent of “Notre Dame de Compassion,” where she not only hid refugees from the gestapo, but also used the convent to stash some weapons & ammunition for the resistance. She was eventually caught in March of 1944 & sentenced to hard labor at Ravensbrück concentration camp. About a year later, Élise was murdered along with thousands of others just weeks before the war ended. She volunteered to go into the gas chamber in the place of a mother.

The Day Sir Winston Churchill Saved the War Horses: A little known fact of history is that were it not for Sir Winston Churchill, thousands of war horses would have been left behind at the end of World War I. The idea of abandoning the loyal animals was more than life-long equestrian Sir Winston could stand, so he jumped into action. Read his remarkable story in our blog post today!

The Day Winston Churchill Saved the War Horses

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Wil Wheaton explains why being a nerd is awesome

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Temple Houston, son of Sam Houston, orphaned at 7 raised by sister. At 19 graduated w/ honors from Baylor with law degree and passed the bar to become youngest practicing lawyer in Texas. He spoke French, Spanish and 7 Indian languages. He became renowned for defending prostitute Millie Stacey in 1899. His closing summary (the Soiled Dove Plea) is still studied by law students today, considered the perfect defense argument and one of the finest masterpieces of oratory in the English language.

To evade the Taliban, Shabana Basij-Rasikh went to school disguised as a boy, taking different paths to avoid detection and hiding her books. Now at 24, she is on yet another mission: to make education attainable for all Afghan girls. In 2008, Basij-Rasikh started a boarding school with four girls. Today, the school has 35 students and has helped 40 girls get scholarships to boarding schools and universities in five different countries, with scholarships amounting to $7.7 million.

Queen Boudicca, England, ? – AD 61 In revenge for public humiliation and the rape of her two daughters, Boudicca was nearly successful in driving the Roman settlers from early England. She was perhaps the only person in history who successfully organized warring Celtic tribes into one army, decimating three Roman cities before her defeat.

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18-year-old Brittany Wenger of Sarasota, Florida, the winner of the 2012 Google Science Fair, built an artificial neural network to detect patterns in a large database of breast tissue samples, creating a low-cost and highly accurate method for diagnosing breast cancer. She tested her computer program in 7.6 million trials and found that it successfully helped doctors detect more than 99% of malignant tumors using a minimally-invasive procedure.

The Titanic. Rigel, a Newfoundland dog, belonging to First Officer Murdoch, saved the passengers in Life Boat 4. They were drifting in front of the Carpathia, too weak to call out. Thanks to the barking, Captain Rostron saw the boat on the starboard end of the bridge and ordered the engines stopped. Jonas Briggs, a seaman aboard the Carpathia kept the dog.

Lt. Murdoch's Dog, Rigel