this is jeanne calment, was anyway. she passed away in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days old. she learned to fence at 85, and was still riding a bicycle at 100. at 113 she was known as the last living person to have personally met vincent van gogh! she lived alone until 110 and was able to walk upright until almost 115. lets all raise a glass for jeanne calment :) for living one of the longest lifetimes in documented history
A 1942 photo of Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst - members of the student resistance group, “White Rose”. The group distributed pamphlets across Germany appealing to the public’s sense of moral duty, calling for resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, and demanding an end to the war. Sophie would be caught and reported to the Gestapo on the 18th of February, 1943 at Ludwig Maximilians University. All three would then be sentenced 5 days later and beheaded. George Witt
From October 1943 onward, Marianne Cohen, (a member of the French Resistance), smuggled groups of children to Switzerland until she was arrested with a group of 28 of them in May 1944. The Jewish members of the underground planned to rescue her, but she refused, fearing her escape would endanger the children. The children were rescued, but Marianne was kidnapped by members of the special services from Lyon on July 3, 1944, severely tortured and murdered in Ville la Grand, near Annemasse.
Lady Heath, born Sophie Pierce Evans in Limerick. For a five-year period from the mid-1920s, pilot Lady Mary Heath was one of the best-known women in the world. It was an era when everyone had gone aviation mad, she was the first woman to parachute and the first woman to gain a commercial pilot’s licence. In 1928 Lady Heath made front-page news worldwide as the first pilot ever, male or female, to fly a small, open cockpit plane solo from Cape Town
Lucy Stone (1818-1893) determined that men were reading the Bible in a way to suppress women, she worked her way through school to learn Greek and Latin to prove them wrong. Kept her last name, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands. A true radical for her time, she spoke in public frequently and headed multiple prominent women's organizations.
Zlata Filipović was barely in her teens when her wartime diary was published, but she became an international media sensation for shedding a child's light on the conflict in Sarajevo. She went on to receive a master's degree in international peace studies from Oxford and is the editor of Stolen Hearts: Young People's War Diaries, a collection of children's wartime stories, and produced the film Stand Up! for a campaign against homophobic bullying.
Brave 17-year-old rape victim is threatened with jail if she released the names of the boys that pled guilty to raping her and taking pictures of the act. Believing that victims of sexual assault have no right to be silenced about their attackers, she immediately posted their names on the internet, and gained immediate media attention. A 17-year-old hero to all sexual abuse victims out there!! The entire justice system should be ashamed of itself! (charges against her have since been dropped)
Mukhtar Mai is a Pakistani woman who, after being gang-raped, was expected to commit suicide. Instead, she prosecuted her attackers and used compensation money to start schools, a women's shelter and an organization to support women from around Pakistan. There is a chapter dedicated to telling her story in "Half the Sky."
Victoria Claflin Woodhull, born in 1838, married at age fifteen to an alcoholic and womanizer. She became the first woman to establish a brokerage firm on Wall Street and played an active role in the woman's suffrage movement. She became the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872. Her name is largely lost in history. Few recognize her name and accomplishments.
Marie Curie in 1903 at the time she was awarded her Nobel prize in Chemistry