Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) ~ this miniature portrait was painted in 1769 (when Marie was 14) by Joseph Ducreux. Then it was sent to Louis-Auguste, the dauphin, so he could see his bride before he met her. They were married in 1770 --- and after Louis XVI ascended the French throne in 1774 when his father died, Marie became queen of France at age 19.
Isabel I de Castilla (1451-1504)
During the stress of the Civil War, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln found solace in a close relationship with her black seamstree Elizabeth Keckley. A former slave, Keckley had bought her freedom in 1855 and built a thriving clothing business in Washington. She won the job as Mrs. Lincoln's personal dressmaker in 1861, and soon became a fixture in the inner circle of the White House. She was one of the few who could calm Lincoln's nerves.
Zona Heaster Shue died in 1897 by what was called an everlasting faint but was soon given the name 'The Greenbrier Ghost' after she appeared to her mother and told her she had actually been murdered by her husband. The events surrounding the haunting led to it becoming the only time in American legal history in which the so-called testimony of a ghost was accepted at a murder trial.
REMARKABLE WOMEN: Anna Essinger was a German-Jewish educator. At the age of 20, she met Quakers and was influenced by their attitudes. In 1933, with the Nazi threat looming and the permission of all the parents, she moved the school and its 66 children, mostly Jewish, to safety in England. During the war, Essinger established a reception camp for 10,000 German children sent to England on the Kindertransports. After the war, her school took many child survivors of Nazi concentration camps.
Orli Wald was a member of the German Resistance in Nazi Germany. She was arrested in 1936 and charged with high treason, whereupon she served four and a half years in a women's prison, followed by "protective custody" in Nazi concentration camps until 1945, when she escaped. She was a prisoner functionary in the infirmary at Auschwitz-Birkenau and because of her helpfulness to Jewish and other prisoners, was called the "Angel of Auschwitz".
Simone Arnold-Leibster. When her parents were put into concentration camps for refusing to 'Heil Hitler', at the age of 11 she was arrested by juvenile authorities and put into a Nazi penitentiary home. For two years she was forbidden to talk and was forced to do hard labor. At the end of the war, she was reunited with her parents, rebuilt her life and went on to devote her life to teaching others the value of 'loving your enemies and praying for those persecuting you'.
Lucy Stone - determined that men were reading the Bible in a way to suppress women, she worked her way through school to learn Greek and Latin to prove them wrong. Kept her last name, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands. Considered a true radical for her time, she spoke in public frequently and headed multiple prominent womens organizations.
Clara Lemlich led the Uprising of N.Y. garment workers. "I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions," she told the crowd. "And I have no further patience for talk." 700 of the women she led on the strike were arrested, 19 were sentenced to labor camps. The next year a fire in her workplace, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, killed 146 workers: steel doors had been bolted shut to prevent workers from going on breaks. She lived to be 96.