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Crystal Lee Sutton: Sutton (a mother of three) earned a paltry $2.65 an hour and endured awful conditions, so she worked to unite her fellow employees for better representation. The company fired her and had police escort her out, but within a year the plant was unionized. Her story was turned into the 1979 Sally Field movie Norma Rae

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Madame de La Fayette (18 March 1634 – 25 May 1693), was a French writer, the author of La Princesse de Clèves, France’s first historical novel and one of the earliest novels in literature.

James Gray was born Hannah Snell in 1723. After her baby died, her husband deserted her. She began dressing as a man, tracking down her husband who had been executed for murder. So she joined the Royal Marines, and was sent to battle twice. After, she told her story to the newspapers and was granted a military pension. She opened a pub called "The Female Warrior," remarried and had two children.

Rose Wilder Lane was born in 1886, in De Smet, Dakota Territory. She was the first child of Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House on the Prairie" book series for children? Rose's story is inspiring, she was a very accomplished woman.

Tracy Lewis, firefighter. "Of the roughly 11,500 firefighters in New York City, only 31 are women. My first year, I ran up 13 flights of stairs wondering how I’d get to the top. But I made sure I stayed right behind the officer, while the other guys straggled behind. Now, six years later, I’m the only woman in my firehouse, along with 11 men. My team carries the hoses: When a 50-foot-long hose is filled with water, it can be extremely heavy.

Frieda Belinfante, was a half-Jewish lesbian member of a gay resistance group called the CKC. She participated in the planning of the destruction of the Amsterdam Population Registry in March 1943, and was also active in falsifying identity cards and arranging hiding places for Jews and others sought by the Nazis. In December 1943, Belinfante escaped to Switzerland via Belgium and France. After the war, she returned briefly to Amsterdam and then emigrated to the United States.

Aunty Edith Kanaka`ole (1913-1979) taught the Hawaiian language on Hawaii island for years, and was named “Hawaiian of the Year” in 1977 by the State Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Her other awards and recognition include the Governor’s Award of Distinction for Cultural Leadership, earned in 1979. In 1980 she was awarded the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for the Best Traditional Album Of the Year.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962). As wife of the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt challenged and transformed the historically ceremonial, behind-the-scenes First Lady role. She increased her public presence by participating in radio broadcasts, authoring a daily syndicated column, "My Day," and holding weekly, women-only press conferences (she was the first presidential wife to do so) to discuss women's issues, her daily activities and breaking news.

Jackie Cochran was an important contributor to the formation of the wartime Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) ~

Anna Harriette Leonowens, born Anna Harriet Emma Edwards, was an Anglo-Indian or Indian-born British travel writer, educator, and social activist. Her experiences in Siam (Thailand) were fictionalised in Margaret Landon's 1944 best-selling novel Anna and the King of Siam, as well as films and television series based on the book, most notably Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 hit musical The King and I. Among other achievements, she co-founded the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Fanny Lou Hamer. Born in 1917 to poor sharecroppers with 19 other children. She dropped out of school in 3rd grade but self taught. She became a prominent civil rights activist, ran for Congress, and mentored countless other women in the civil rights movement.

Raichō Hiratsuka (1886–1971) was a writer, journalist, political activist & pioneering feminist. In 1911 she founded Japan's first all-women literary magazine, Seitō. The journal soon focused on women’s issues, including candid discussion of female sexuality, chastity & abortion. Hiratsuka also founded the New Women's Association, which overturned the Police Security Regulations which had barred women from joining political organizations & holding or attending political meetings.

Amy Jacques Garvey (1895-1973) Amy Jacques Garvey was the force behind Marcus Garvey and in a leader in the Pan-African/Black Nationalist Movement. She was a journalist, feminist, and activist, who assumed several important roles within United Negro Improvement Association that was very active during the 1920s, but started to decline after 1949. Amy Jacques Garvey […]

Jovita Idár 1885-1946 was born in 1885 into a Laredo family of journalists. She and her brothers worked for their father’s newspaper, La Crónica, writing articles that condemned racial prejudice and violence. When the Idars arranged for the First Mexican Congress in 1911, Jovita organized the women who attended. From their efforts sprang the Mexican Feminist League, which provided free education for Tejano children.

Frances Burney , known after her marriage as Madame d’Arblay, was an English novelist, diarist and playwright. The third of six children, she was self-educated and began writing what she called her “scribblings” at the age of ten. In 1793, aged forty-two, she married a French exile, General Alexandre D'Arblay. After a lengthy writing career, and travels that took her to France for more than ten years, she settled in Bath, England, where she died on 6 January 1840

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Gaskell was also the first to write a biography of Charlotte Bronte, The Life of Charlotte Bronte, which was published in 1857.

Alice Stokes Paul was an American suffragist and activist. Along with Lucy Burns and others, she led a successful campaign for women's suffrage that resulted in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. Wikipedia

Liquid Paper was invented by a bank secretary from Texas in 1951. Bette Nesmith Graham, mother of Monkees member Michael Nesmith, concocted the first correction fluid in her kitchen with tempera paint & a blender. Her 2nd job painting holiday windows at the bank inspired her invention. In 1956, Graham founded the Mistake Out Company. She worked from her kitchen evenings and weekends making small batches of her improved correction fluid. Her son & his friends would help her fill the bottles.

A little-known English nun who helped to hide Italian Jews from the Nazis in wartime Rome is being considered as a possible saint. Mother Ricarda Beauchamp Hambrough is credited with playing a vital role in saving the lives of more than 60 Jews by smuggling them into her convent. The Bridgettines,

The youngest player in AAGPBL history, Dorothy “Dottie” Schroeder was 15 years old when she started her professional baseball career with the South Bend Blue Sox. She holds the record for most games played (1,249) and was the only to play in all 12 seasons of the AAGPBL. She racked up the most career RBIs in the league with 431, and was also a stellar shortstop described as a “vacuum.” (Photo by Zim via the Louisville Slugger Museum)

Mary Kingsley (1862-1900). Ms. Kingsley did it all — she traveled solo in Africa, was the first European to climb the 13,760-foot Mount Cameroon, canoed up the Ogowe River and collected new species of fish, spoke up for indigenous people’s rights, and was the first woman to address the Liverpool and Manchester chambers of commerce.

She did the unthinkable—divorcing the powerful leader of the Mormon Church, a man labeled a “living prophet” who was believed to speak directly with God. But Ann Eliza Young could not tolerate her position as “Wife No. 19” to Brigham Young, and in her rebellion, she exposed the horrors of polygamy. She was born Ann Eliza Webb on September 3, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois, a settlement founded by Mormons.

Bronka Klibanski, 1942. Jewish resistance. She obtained critical weapons for the Bialystok ghetto revolt, gathered intelligence, rescued other Jews and saved the secret archive of the ghetto; continued her underground activities after the Bialystok ghetto was destroyed, working with five young women to continue rescuing & helping Jews. They also smuggled weapons, supplies and medicine to the partisans in the forests near Bialystok, and were awarded medals as heroines of the USSR after the war.

During the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 9-10, 1938, Aracy Carvalho sheltered Margarethe Bertel-Levy and her husband in her home. She then helped her and other Jews with all the arrangements for a safe departure from Germany, which included provisions for taking along on board the ship many belongings, including furniture.

Julia Morgan - She designed of over 700 buildings in California. She is best known for her work on Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Throughout her long career, she designed many buildings for institutions serving women and girls.