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"Helen ‘Curl’ Harris - an entrepreneur at a time when women (let alone African-American women) were a rarity in business. A self-made graduate of the Skidmore Vocational School and the Philadelphia Charm and Model School, she ran and operated numerous beauty businesses in Philadelphia (Curl’s Beautyrama, Curl’s Beauty Salon and Charm Service, and Curl’s Moderne Beautyrama) as well as created her own line of make-up and hair products. Ella Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker were among her clients."

Women in science that U should know...and probably don't "I didn't succumb to the stereotype that science wasn't for girls." ~ Sally Ride Also listed: Mary Somerville, Caroline Herschel, Mary Anning, Emmy Noether, Alice Catherine Evans, Dorothy Hodgkin, Rosalind Franklin, Mildred Dresselhaus, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Lise Meitner, Annie Scott Dill Maunder, Henrietta Swan Leavitt [click on this image to find a short link & analysis of gendered socialization & the absence of women in engineering]

On the 70th Anniversary of the Execution of Sophie Scholl, 22 February 1943 - Sophie Scholl was a German woman executed by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets. Prison officials, in later describing the scene, emphasized the courage with which she walked to her execution. Her last words were: "How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to offer themselves up individually for a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go."

Dr. Clelia Mosher - 1892 Dr. Clelia Mosher (1863 - 1940) was a brilliant and extraordinary woman who made debunking the claims of Victorian medicine regarding the frailty of the female body her life's work.

Lead Singer Sees Perverts Molesting Crowdsurfing Teenage Girl, Delivers Rock Star Sized Smackdown (Video)

Paralyzed from the chest down, Ali Stroker has used a wheelchair since the age of 2 and hopes to inspire those with disabilities who dream of being performers. (Glee guest star)

"Because of the things I've lived through, I can help other people now..." - Elizabeth Smart, "My Story" via beauty redefined

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, 1961. Joan, a 19 year old Freedom Rider, was sentenced to two months in prison for her involvement in the integration of a Jackson, Mississippi bound train. She served more than the required two months because each addition day reduced her $200 fine by $3. In the Fall of 1961, Joan transferred from Duke University to historically black Tougaloo Southern Christian College because she felt integration should be a two way street.

Dr Rosalind Franklin. Scientist. Took the photograph that led to the discovery of the DNA double helix. But all recognition went to male colleagues Watson and Crick. When she graduated from Cambridge women weren't recognised as having achieved a BA or MA.

Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793-1880) "..was an American Quaker, abolitionist, social reformer, and proponent of women's rights. She is said to be one of the first American feminists in the early 19th early advocate for women's political power and influence in America, where women could not vote until 1920."

Claudette Colvin. Nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous bus boycott, Colvin at 15 refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. She was inspired to stand up for her rights after learning about African American leaders in school. Civil rights leaders didn't publicize her story because she became an unwed mother.

Then 18-year-old Keshia Thomas of Ann Arbor shields a man wearing a Confederate T-shirt from an angry crowd during a Ku Klux Klan rally on June 22, 1996, outside Ann Arbor's city hall. Thomas, who won national attention for her act, later said: “People don’t have to remember my name. I just want them to remember that I did the right thing."

Hypatia (ca. 351–370 AD) was a Greek philosopher, head of the Platonist school at Alexandria, where she lectured Neoplatonism, which combined Plato’s ideas with a mix of Christian, Jewish, and East Asian influences. During Lent 415, amid Christian and Roman tensions, a mob of Christian monks stripped her naked and dragged her through the streets to Caesareum, where they killed her.

For Women's History Month, one of the movement's key figures, Gloria Steinem, shown here at a 1972 news conference.