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Beatice Wood, age 105, When asked the secret of her longevity, she would simply offer art books, chocolates and young men#Repin By:Pinterest++ for iPad#

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.

Clara Barton, 1821-1912, founder of American Red Cross

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.

8-13-2012 RIP Kathy...3 bouts of brain cancer... What an inspiration

Harriet Tubman (1820?-1913) - Underground Railroad conductor, Army scout, African-American suffragette.

"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home. " - Mother Teresa

"In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman." -- Margaret Thatcher, British politician, Prime Minister, called the "Iron Lady"

Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Confederate Spy. Rose O'Neal Greenhow was a popular Washington socialite, a widow in her 40s and an impassioned secessionist when she began spying for the Confederacy in 1861.

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...