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Edite Azevedo • 2 years ago

Wangari Maathai, first African woman to win Nobel Peace Prize and Mother of Trees.

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Aung San Suu Kyi has fought against horrific odds for the sake of freedom and democracy. She's received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the government of India and the International Simn Bolvar Prize from the government of Venezuela. Credit: Poppaganda.net

Meet Hawa Abdi. A woman who has never raised her fist in anger against another human being, but also one who could perform three C-sections on dirt-poor women, wash her hands, then go straight outside, stare down an army of gun-toting hardcore fanatical Somali militiamen, and with four words send them running for their lives on a light-speed rainbow of shame and self-loathing without even blinking. A woman once appropriately described once as “one part Mother Teresa, one part Rambo.”

An African mother and slave nursing for a white master's baby.

Her whole life, Jane Addams fought for equality. With a humanistic ideal, she promoted change.  According to Webster, “Jane did an enormous amount when it came to peace”.[1] She opposed war and thought differences should be approached in a friendly manner. She truly wanted to change the world. She dedicated her life to this process. After a lifetime of good deeds, she was recognized for her efforts. According to Jane Lewis, “In 1931 Jane Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, shared with Nicholas Murray Butler, but her health was too fragile to attend the European ceremonies to accept the prize. She was the second woman to be awarded that honor.” [2] Though her body failed her, she did not let that affect her humanitarian efforts. She was born into a family of privilege and used this status to support the less fortunate. Jane Addams changed the lives of many people. She will be known in our history books as a woman who paved the way for a moralistic approach to life and politics.

"I have borne 13 children, and seen most sold off to slavery. And when I cried out with a mother's grief, none heard me but Jesus!" quote from "Ain't I A Woman?" by Sojourner Truth

A lovely portrait of mother & daughters

Look at the beauty of this woman. How does she manage this, given her circumstances? // Photo Archives -- Ex Slaves (19th & early 20th Century Photos)

Mother and child, circa 1890s by velma

Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery. They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith. Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'. In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm. Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later. They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.

When ‘Harry Leon Crawford’, hotel cleaner of Stanmore was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, he was revealed to be in fact Eugeni Falleni, a woman and mother, who had been passing as a man since 1899. In 1914, as ‘Harry Crawford’, Falleni had married the widow Annie Birkett. Three years later, shortly after she announced to a relative that she had found out ‘something amazing about Harry’, Birkett disappeared.