Kim Phuc was pictured in a world-famous and iconic photograph from the Vietnam war, running naked from an airborne attack, horribly burned with napalm, in June of 1972. Since then, Kim has found peace, and a message she can offer, borne of her suffering. She runs The Kim Foundation International, and she acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. She has transformed into a viable, visible symbol of peace and hope. Hers is an important story of resilience, courage, and forgiveness.
In March,1988, Audrey Hepburn began her work as an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF by visiting the poorest country in the world--Ethiopia (this photo). In September 1992, four months before she died, Hepburn went to Somalia. Hepburn called it "apocalyptic" and said, "I walked into a nightmare."
Helen Brooke Taussig (1898-1986) was an American cardiologist, working in Baltimore and Boston, who founded the field of pediatric cardiology. Notably, she is credited with developing the concept for a procedure that would extend the lives of children born with Tetrology of Fallot (also known as blue baby syndrome). This concept was applied in practice as a procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt.
Pearl Buck (1892-1973), writer, civil rights activist, winner 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born Hillsboro, West Virginia to missionary parents. Taken to China at 3 months old. Graduated Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1914. Masters from Cornell University in 1925. In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Buck established Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency.
Pearl Buck (1892-1973) ... gifted writer and civil rights activist ... winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Margaret Thatcher - Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1976-1990
Susan Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States. She was one of the important advocates in leading the way for women's rights to be acknowledged and instituted in the American government.
Susan B Anthony - one of the first women activists to advocate for women's rights, including the right to vote
Bridget “Biddy” Mason, born a slave in Mississippi in 1818, achieved financial success that enabled her to support her extended family for generations despite the fact that she was illiterate. In a landmark case she sued her master for their freedom, saved her earnings, invested in real estate, and became a well-known philanthropist in Los Angeles, California.
Mary Edwards Walker in her later years, 1911. She received the Medal of Honor for her work as a surgeon during the US Civil War, the only woman to ever get one. In 1917 the Army tightened up the rules for what you had to do/be to get the MoH...and deleted 911 names from the Medal of Honor Roll, including hers. She kept her medal and wore it till her death. Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously.
One of my librarian heroines, Belle da Costa Greene, 1911. She built J.P. Morgan's private library essentially singlehandedly—a century later, now a public institution, it's still one of the most incredible collections in the US. Though African-American on both sides, she passed as white, in a time when that was necessary to follow her passion for illuminated manuscripts & rare books. Her gender, though, she couldn't hide, and her knowledge, confidence, & cutting-edge style were the talk of NYC.
Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, lost her legs in 2004 after a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting in Iraq. Here, she's shown arriving at the World War II Memorial for a ceremony honoring World War II veterans on March 11, 2010 in Washington D.C.
June 24, 1880: Agnes Nestor is born. Nestor, who began working in a glove factory at age 14, helped to found the International Glove Workers Union and served in various leadership positions within the union from 1903-1948, including president. She helped organize unions in other industries, campaigned for women's suffrage, a minimum wage, and maternity health legislation, and against child labor.
KATHI GOERTZEN born 04/30/1958 in Seattle, WA. She started out wanting to be a veterinrian until she witnessed a dog necropsy. She changed her career to journalism. She married Rick Jewett, a KOMO acct exec in 1993; they had 2 daughters, Alexa & Andrea. Kathi & her co-anchor, Dan Lewis were the longest running network affialite news team in the US west of the Mississippi river. She died 08/13/2012 in Seattle, WA from pneumonia, a complication of her long battle with recurring meningiomas.
Harriet Tubman (1820?-1913) - Underground Railroad conductor, Army scout, African-American suffragette.
Harriet Stowe became one of America's best-paid & most famous writers. First published in weekly installments from June 5, 1851 to April 1, 1852 in the journal National Era, Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, created such a controversy that when she was introduced to President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, he is said to have greeted her with the words: "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States. She was co-founder of the first Women's Temperance Movement with Elizabeth Cady Stanton as President. She also co-founded the women's rights journal, The Revolution. Susan, who died 14 years before passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, was honored as the first real (non-all...