Lydia Litvyak. One of two Russian pilots who were the world’s only female fighting aces during World War II.  She kicked Nazi butt.

"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.

Hugh O’Flaherty was an Irish Catholic priest who saved about 4,000 Allied soldiers and Jews in Rome during World War II. O’Flaherty used his status as a priest and his protection by the Vatican to conceal 4000 escapees – Allied soldiers and Jews – in flats, farms and convents. Despite the Nazis desperately wanting to stop his actions, his protection by the Vatican prevented them officially arresting him. He saved the majority of Jews in Rome.

Hugh O’Flaherty was an Irish Catholic priest who saved about Allied soldiers & Jews in Rome during World War II. He used his status as a priest & his protection by the Vatican to conceal 4000 escapees – Allied soldiers & Jews – in flats, farms & convents.

Irena Sendler. During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. Irena smuggled out 2500 children. She eventually was caught, and the Nazis broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.

Irena Sendler, Lifeline to Young Jews, Is Dead at 98

Irena Sendler A 98 year-old Polish woman named Irena Sendler died in During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out

Eva Beatrice Dykes became the first Black woman in the US to meet the requirements for a Ph.D., in 1921, at Radcliffe College.

cartermagazine: Today In History ‘Eva Beatrice Dykes became the first Black woman to meet the requirements for a Ph. on this date March Dykes attended Radcliffe College in Massachusetts.

Delany Sisters , Daughters of emancipated slaves, Sadie (1889-1999) and Bessie (1891-1995) were civil rights activists. Sadie was the first African American woman to teach Domestic Science and Bessie the second to be granted a dentistry license in NY state.

History Firsthand - Delany Sisters , Daughters of emancipated slaves, Sadie and Bessie were civil rights activists. Sadie was the first African American woman to teach Domestic Science and Bessie the second to be granted a dentistry license in NY state

Nadezhda Popova was a Russian pilot during WWII. The German military called her one of the "Nachthexen", or "Night Witches" She flew 852 decoy missions in a canvas-winged plane. Dropped food and medicine to Russian marines trapped on the beach at Malaya Zemlya. She had to fly so low that she heard their cheers. After the mission, she found 42 bullet holes in her plane.She died on July 8, 2013 at the age of 91

“The Nazis called them ‘Night Witches’ because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch’s broomstick. The Russian women who piloted.

Irena Sendler got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumber. She courageously smuggled babies in her tool box and carried larger children in her sack. She also trained her dog to bark when the Nazi soldiers were near, which muffled the sounds of the crying children. She helped save more than 2,500 children & was eventually caught & tortured. Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore, who won for his presentation on global warming...but she is a HERO!

Irena Sendler got permission to work in a Warsaw Ghetto as a plumber. She courageously smuggled babies in her tool box and carried larger children in a sack. She trained her dog to bark when Nazis were near. She saved 2500 children.

Hazel Ying Lee was the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military.

Aviator Hazel Ying Lee was the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military, and one of two Chinese American women to serve in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII.

Portrait of Mother Superior Alfonse, who hid Jewish children from the Nazis in the Dominican Convent of Lubbeek near Hasselt. Yad Vashem recognized her as "Righteous Among the Nations." Belgium, wartime

via Kim Ellis: Portrait of Mother Superior Alfonse, who hid Jewish children from the Nazis in the Dominican Convent of Lubbeek near Hasselt. Yad Vashem recognized her as "Righteous Among the Nations." Belgium, wartime — US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Bronka Klibanski, 1942.  Jewish resistance. She obtained critical weapons for the Bialystok ghetto revolt, gathered intelligence, rescued other Jews and saved the secret archive of the ghetto; continued her underground activities after the Bialystok ghetto was destroyed, working with five young women to continue rescuing & helping Jews. They also smuggled weapons, supplies and medicine to the partisans in the forests near Bialystok, and were awarded medals as heroines of the USSR after the…

Bronka Klibanski, 1942 A courier for the Jewish Resistance in the Bialystok ghetto of Poland. She obtained weapons, gathered intelligence, rescued other Jews and saved the secret archive of the ghetto.

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