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Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games by Black History Album, via Flickr

Marie Carmichael Stopes was a British author, palaeobotanist, campaigner for women's rights and pioneer in birth control. She was the wife of Humphrey Verdon Roe, with whom she founded the first birth control clinic in Britain. Stopes edited the newsletter Birth Control News which gave explicit practical advice. Her sex manual Married Love, which she wrote while legally a virgin, was controversial and influential, while her book, Wise Parenthood, was written before she'd become a parent.

Montgomery, AL: March 21, 1965. Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights: Rosa Parks, whose refusal to move to back of bus touched off Montgomery bus boycott, addresses Selma marchers from steps of state capitol building in Montgomery. © 1976 Matt Herron/Take Stock / The Image Works

During World War II, Irena Sendler worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing specialist. She spent most of her days there helping to smuggle Jewish children out before it was too late. Infants were often carried in the bottom of the toolbox she used and older children were often hidden in a burlap sack she kept in the back of her truck. It has been reported that Irena managed to smuggle and save about 2,500 children overall.

Lucy Craft Laney (April 13, 1854 – October 24, 1933) was an early African American educator who was the first to establish a school for African American children in Augusta, Georgia. She was born in Macon, Georgia, to former slaves. Although it was illegal for blacks to read at the time of her birth, she was taught by a slave owner's sister, and by 1869 she was enrolled in Atlanta University. Enrollment in her first school in Macon was only 6; by 1928 it had grown to over 800 students.

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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. We have a chapter about her story in Half the Sky.

Floyd Norman - This Disney Legend has worked on SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE SWORD IN THE STONE and THE JUNGLE BOOK along with various animated short projects at Disney in the late 50′s and early 60′s. He's also contributed creatively as a story artist on films such as TOY STORY 2 and MONSTERS INC. for Pixar and MULAN, DINOSAUR and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME for Walt Disney Animation among others. He continues to work for the Walt Disney Co. as a freelance consultant on various projects.

Quote from Jesse Owens regarding the 1936 Olympics in Berlin: "Hitler didn't snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram." On the other hand, Hitler sent Owens a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself.