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Women are Wonderful

1892 Bessie Coleman ~ The first African American female pilot (who had to go to Paris to find an aviation school that would accept her), She was a barnstormer (trick and stunt flyer, as well as crop duster for extra bucks) There were a few women flying then, but she was the first African American woman to do so.. She once walked off a movie set when she was asked to portray the stereotypical version of herself most white people believed black Americans to be. Gutsy, and lovely lady.

Elizabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium. During WWI established a hospital and worked as a nurse caring for soldiers and civilians. During WWII German occupation of Belgium she used her influence as Queen and German connections to assist in rescuing hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis for which she was awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government ~

History And Other Thoughts: Queen Elizabeth's War Work

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Flora Sandes-the only British woman to serve in combat in WWI. was the only British woman to officially serve as an infantryman in the war, the first woman to ever be commissioned as an officer in the Serbian army, and performed so many intense acts of badassitude that she's now considered a war hero in both her homeland and her adopted country of Serbia.

Badass - Flora Sandes

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Fawzia Koofi - the first female to run for President of Afghanistan. As a child she was abandoned because she was a female.Taliban forces have made several attempts on her life, in spite of these fact she is still running for office.

Fawzia Koofi - Ottawa International Writers Festival

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Claude Cahun -- at the door of her home, on the day of her liberation from a Nazi prison, where she had been under sentence of death. In her teeth she holds a Nazi military badge, a gift from fellow prisoners. French photographer / writer / surrealist who moved to Jersey before the invasion in 1940, then for 4 years ran a campaign of propaganda among occupying German troops. "It was startlingly effective: two old cat ladies had the Nazis on the run, fearing mutiny." YOU MUST CLICK!

Eileen Nearne — known as Didi — was, in fact, one of the bravest secret agents of World War II. She sent over 105 radio transmissions that paved the way for Allied troop movements. The average SOE lasted 6 weeks, she worked for more 5 months. When caught, she showed exceptional courage, withstanding torture, incarceration, and concentration camps. She survived the war and was awarded the Croix de Guerre.

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.

Dr Aprille Ericsson, MIT graduate, the first female (and first African-American female) to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University, the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, recipient of the 1997 "Women in Science and Engineering" award, for the best female engineer in the federal government #science #engineering #inspiration

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney (1883-1971) - The granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Nora was the first woman in America to receive a degree in Civil Engineering. In addition to being an active Suffragist, she worked her entire life in private and public companies as an architect, engineer, inspector and structural-steel designer.

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Maya Lin catapulted into the public eye when, as a senior at Yale University, she submitted the winning design in a national competition for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be built in Washington, DC. She was trained as an artist & architect. She designed the polished, black granite wall with the names of over 58,000 individuals who were missing in action or killed in Vietnam. The memorial now sits in Washington D.C. It was dedicated in 1982 on Veteran's Day & is known to many as "the Wall."

Maya Lin | Art21 | PBS

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“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” – Wangari Muta Maathai (April 1, 1940 – September 25, 2011), Kenyan environmental and political activist; founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights; first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize .

Alexandra David-Néel ° Famous for adventures in India, China and Tibet, and the books recording these, she is best known for her daring journey to Lhasa over the Trans-Himalayas in midwinter 1924. She was disguised as a beggar/pilgrim and eluded soldiers, brigands and officials of the British Empire. She became the first European woman to reach Tibet's forbidden capital, and she remains the most accurate, extensive source on the arcane Buddhist practices of a vanishing world.

Coretta Scott King, author, activist, civil rights leader, and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She helped lead the Civil Rights Movement, taking part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott & working to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She also played a prominent role in the years after her husband's 1968 assassination, taking on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and becoming active in the Women's Movement & the LGBT rights movement. R.I.P.

Marie Van Brittan Brown. First person to develop the patent for closed circuit television security; motorized camera and four peepholes. The camera could be moved from one peephole to the next, and images were displayed on a monitor. The door could also be unlocked remotely using an electrical switch. Brown’s invention was patented in 1969, and became the framework for the modern closed circuit television system that is widely used for surveillance, crime prevention, and traffic monitoring

Émilie du Châtelet | A French mathematician & physicist, she showed an aptitude for language & math early in life, mastering 4 languages & translating Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica- still the standard French translation- which includes her commentary. She had several lovers, including Voltaire. Their mental compatibility was the fuel of their relationship. In a letter to a friend Voltaire describes Émilie as 'a great man whose only fault was being a woman.'"

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) If it weren't for Rachel Carson, the green movement might not exist today. Her monumental book Silent Spring documented the devastating effects of pesticides like DDT on birds and the environment, and the revelations eventually helped lead to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, Carson wrote feature articles and novels about natural history and the environment, including her prize-winning sea trilogy (Under the Seawind, The Sea Around Us ...

Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy is the first woman professor of Science of the University of Ghana, and winner of the '99 Kalinga Prize. She is also advisor, resource person and role model for programs in science and education. She has helped to motivate female students to choose to study science and keep to it, a move that has improve the status of, not young women, but the entire society.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a renowned Nigerian novelist. She gave a powerful presentation at TEDxEuston entitled “We Should All Be Feminists”. This is an excerpt from her speech. (Full video included in link)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Beauty Is Inside

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Taking the phrase "you're only as old as you feel" to new levels, Guinness World Records named 93-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch as the “World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher.” Tao believes that following the principles of yoga can heal individuals & by extension, help heal our planet. She exemplifies the positive “can-do spirit” that can accomplish anything. She is in the documentary on extraordinary older women, “I Know A Woman Like That,” and sat on the Panel for Peace with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.