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Women who have changed the world

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The incredible Nancy Wake. She was a powerful WWII Nazi hunter and member of the French resistance. At one point she was #1 most wanted and most-hated by the Nazis. They called her "The White Mouse" because she always escaped them. Read about her--she is fascinating!

'White Mouse' used sass to outsmart the Nazi regime

Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

US Army Captain Jennifer M Moreno was killed in Afghanistan on October 6, 2013. In her last moments of life, Jennifer heard two orders. One was a call to help a wounded soldier. The other was a command to stay put. She chose to help the wounded soldier, and gave her life trying. She wasn't a WWII Hero, but a hero nonetheless. Honor her memory.

Scanning WWII: The Arnett Institute's WWII Scanning Project

Leymah Gbowee, one winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work." Gbowee, a Liberian, led a peace movement that ended the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.

Randy’L He-dow Teton (born 1976) is the Shoshone woman who posed as the model for the US Sacagawea dollar coin, first issued in 2000. She is the first Native American woman to pose for an American coin and the only living person whose image appears on American currency

Randy’L He-dow Teton

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Politix Blondie — truth be spoken here

Women like Dorothy Height paved the way for our current women in leadership.

Wow, what a strong face she had! Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage (March 24, 1826 – March 18, 1898) was a suffragist, an activist for Native American rights, an abolitionist, a freethinker, and a prolific author, who was "born with a hatred of oppression"

Matilda Joslyn Gage

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks - June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Laureate, Teacher, Activist, Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Gwendolyn Brooks : The Poetry Foundation

Diana Fletcher - Seminole/African/Kiowa - no date {Note: Diana Fletcher was the daughter of an African slave (who ran away to seek freedom in Florida), and a Seminole woman. It is said that enroute to Oklahoma Territory, Diana's mother died, and she was separated from her father. Once in Oklahoma, she was adopted and raised by a Kiowa family.}

Missouri Humanities Council's E-News August 2006

Minnie Spotted Wolf - First Native American woman in the U.S. Marines

Minnie Spotted Wolf of Heart Butte

February 27, 1988 Debi Thomas (figure skater) becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (September 24, 1825 – February 22, 1911) African-American abolitionist, poet and author. Born free in Baltimore, MD, she had a long and prolific career, publishing her first book of poetry at age 20. At age twenty-five, became the first woman professor at the newly formed Union Seminary (later Wilberforce University). She subsequently became the most widely published and recognized writer before and after slavery. Do a web search for more info.

Rosemary Roberts Cloud - the first African American Female Fire Chief in the United States.

East Point, GA - Official Website - Fire Chief

Thelma Johnson Streat was the first African American woman to have a painting exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in 1942.

Thelma Johnson Streat |

In the mythology of the Haida people of western Canada, Gyhldeptis is the Goddess of the Cedar Forests. The Tlingit and Haida tribes of Alaska considered her a beneficent Forest Goddess who protected the people of the coastal forests. Her name means 'Lady of Hanging Hair', which is derived from the long flowing moss that trails from the branches of the Cedar trees She represented.

Top 30 Hottest Native Women

Esther Rolle, First African American and first person to win the Emmy Award Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries

"By the end of the war, May Bradford had written no fewer than 25,000 letters and notes – an average of about a dozen a day – on behalf of her charges at No 26 General Hospital in Estaple. Her Red Cross letters added precious details of injuries and condition to loved ones who otherwise received only a terse War Office note informing them that their husband, brother or son had been wounded." The Independent.

In 1933 and 1935, Ft. Worth cowgirl Rose Davis won the World Bronc Busting Championship at Madison Square Garden. No one captured the title at the big event more times – yet this hometown woman has still not been inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Tiny Broadwick, first woman parachutist

Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005) "Unbought and Unbossed" Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress, a 1972 candidate for president, and a life long advocate for women's and civil rights.

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Mr. Payne's Courses and More: Halton District School Board

Roger Arliner Young (1889–1964) was a zoologist and biologist and the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology. During her long career she studied radiation, paramecium, and hydration and dehydration of living cells. | 34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

Mary Sherman Morgan (1921–2004) was a rocket scientist (!). She invented the liquid fuel Hydyne in 1957, which went on to power the U.S.’s Jupiter-C rocket. | 34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

Pioneering Women in Computer Science

Women in Computer Science