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Women who have changed the world

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Tennessee representative Lois DeBerry was one of the longest-serving women lawmakers in the nation. She was the first black woman elected to the General Assembly from Shelby County and the second throughout the state of Tennessee. The African American Congresswoman was elected in 1972 and was the first woman speaker pro tempore in the House of Representatives. Her colleagues dubbed her Speaker Emeritus. DeBerry was re-elected in 20 consecutive elections.

Mariam Chamberlain, who played a pivotal yet little-known role in establishing women’s studies in the American college curriculum, and financing early research about the inequities women faced in the workplace and other realms of society, died Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 94.

Emmarabilia: A Testimonial by Miriam Chamberlain

March 12, 1948 Jennifer Josephine Hosten, the first Black woman to win the Miss World contest, was born in St. George’s, Grenada. Hosten won the contest December 3, 1970. After winning the contest, she earned her Master of Arts degree in political science and international relations from Carleton University

Today in Black History, 3/12/2014

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, was the first female President in the world. First elected in 1980, she was re-elected 3 times until she retired in 1996.

Happy Birthday Vigdís Finnbogadóttir - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Born in 1884, humanitarian, civil rights activist, and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most influential woman in American history. Throughout the Great Depression and World War II—and afterward—she ceaselessly worked to better the lives of all, and her achievements still resonate globally today.

Fannie Lou Hamer 1917 - 1977 CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST In the 1960s, this daughter of Mississippi sharecroppers was threatened for trying to register to vote, and jailed and beaten for sitting in a whites-only café. She went on to conduct successful voter-registration drives, and to integrate Mississippi's delegation to the 1968 Democratic convention.

Fannie Lou Hamer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Black entrepreneur and abolitionist Mary Ellen Pleasant was born in 1812. She helped to spread the Underground Railroad to California during the Gold Rush and is known as the Mother of Civil Rights in California. She worked to desegregate public transit nearly a century before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, winning lawsuits against street car companies in San Francisco for not allowing black passengers.

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Now here's a dynamic woman leader -- Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, the first African-American female combat pilot in US military history. She is a third-generation Marine. She is speaking at Simmons College's Leadership Conference.

The First Black Female To Become A Captain For A Commercial Airline. First officer Patrice Clarke never intended to write history. A UPS pilot, she never set out to be one of the first Black females to graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida with an aeronautical degree. Nor did she plan to be the only female professional pilot working; in her native country of the Bahamas. Ms. Clarke only wanted to be a pilot.

Black Women Airline Pilots

Today in Black History, 11/20/2013 - Dominique Margaux Dawes was first African American female to win an Olympic Gold medal in gymnastics. For more info, check out today's notes!

Today in Black History, 11/20/2013

Ala Gartner a woman imprisoned in the Auschwitz camp. She participated in the camp's resistance movement and was hanged for her part in smuggling the gunpowder that destroyed Crematorium 4 at Auschwitz. Bedzin, Poland, 1930s.

Women during the Holocaust — Photograph

Vietnam: Memorial Day: Georgette Louise Meyer: Chapelle was killed in Vietnam on November 4, 1965 while on a search and destroy operation. The lieutenant in front of her kicked a tripwire boobytrap, consisting of a mortar shell with a hand grenade. Chapelle was hit in the neck by a piece of shrapnel which severed her carotid artery and died soon after. Her last moments were captured in a photograph by Henri Huet. She became the first American female reporter to be killed in action.

Dr. Elizabeth Bruyn, sitting in the back of a horse drawn ambulance. Dr. Bryun was an ambulance surgeon in New York City in the early 1900's. On her first day at work in 1910, she saved the life of a baby who had been overcome by gas from a leak in an apartment.

Minnie Freeman ~A Nebraska teacher in 1888 who roped her students together and led them through a total white-out blizzard from the schoolhouse whose roof had collapsed to a farmhouse three-quarters of a mile away...

Baddest Mother Ever

Dr. Georgia Rooks Dwelle (1884-1977) the daughter of a slave, was the first Spelman College graduate to attend medical school ultimately graduate with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Upon moving back to Atlanta she opened the Dwelle Infirmary, which was the first general hospital for African-Americans, the first "lying-in" obstetrical hospital for African-American women.

End early marriage. Say NO to child marriage. Support girl education. 10 million girls under age 18 will marry this year – nearly 28,000 child marriages every day. Yet education for girls greatly reduces the rate of early marriage and helps break the vicious cycle of poverty passed on from mother to daughter. becauseiamagirl.c... - Activism

Matice Wright, the U.S. Navy's first black female naval flight officer, is seen when she was assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3.

Navy's First Female Four-Star Admiral: Michelle Howard

Navy's First Female Four-Star Admiral: Michelle Howard

Carole Anne Marie Gist, the first African American Miss USA.

Krystyna Skarbek (1915 – 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She was a British agent just months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and had been the longest serving of all British women agents during World War II. Because of her influence the SOE began to recruit increasing numbers of women agents into the organization.

Alice Paul went on a hunger strike where she was force fed raw eggs (down her nose) until vomited blood. She was then put into a sanitorium with the hopes of being declared insane. Doc said: His reply, “Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.” Suffrage passed 3 years later.

Alice Paul - Herstory Network

After her sister died of sickle cell anemia, Ola Orekunrun founded West Africa's 1st air ambulance service, The Flying Doctors. See her story (via Atlanta Black Star)

Nigerian Prodigy Becomes A Doctor At 21

SWEDEN: Elsa Andersson (1897-1922); Sweden’s first female aviator. Women we admire; influential women in history #Lottiedolls #herstory

The Soong Sisters by Emily HahnIn. The early twentieth century, few women in China were to prove so important to the rise of Chinese nationalism and liberation from tradition as the extraordinary three Soong Sisters, Eling, Chingling and Mayling. As told with wit and verve by Emily Hahn, a remarkable woman in her own right, the biography of the Soong Sisters tells the story of China through both world wars.