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Famous Women (Leaders, Heroes & Humanitarians)

Born in a time, place, or circumstance that called for action, these women heeded the call and answered. This board presents photographs or images of women who have made a positive difference in the world and have gifted us - in words & deeds - by changing the world for better or providing models of courage for us to follow.

Famous Women (Leaders, Heroes & Humanitarians)

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Feminist Queen Elizabeth II Gives Saudi Arabia's King a Lesson in Power. It involves the royal Land Rover.

Justamus: A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class.

Oil painting:Queen Esther. From the Cycle of Famous Men and Women. (1450)

Oil Painting HK

Positive Aspect: Nellie McClung, one of the women in the Famous Five Person's Case, was and is now widely known for demanding women's suffrage in 1914. Eventually, women were declared "people" in England 1929 and they were all given the right to vote in 1960. This impacts life in the 1920s because we can see that people were fighting for equality and standing up for what they believe in, rather than simply going along with what might have been "traditional" or how we see it, wrong.

Christine de Pizan. Venice, Italy. 1363-c1430. Poet, author, and thinker. She needed to earn money when she became a widow at 25 years of age. As such became a writer and wrote 41 texts. The Book of the City of Ladies is her most famous work. She shows how important women to the effective running of the world.

Name: Sylvia Rivera Dates: 1951-2002 Why she rocks: She was an activist, who founded the Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activists Alliance, and STAR (which helps provide services for homeless young trans women). She was a great voice in the fight for transgender equality. She was present during the famous Stonewall Riots, and survived the encounter, later speaking and writing about it in later years. She has been called the Rosa Parks of the transgender movement.

Because of This Woman

The Fierce Social Worker : A doctor by training, Inderjit Kaur is the President of the Pingalwara Charitable Society in Amritsar, Punjab in India -- a famous home open to the poor, handicapped, diseased, and mentally ill. Since 1992, she has carried the legacy of its founder Bhagat Puran Singh with her own bold leadership. She stands in for countless Sikh women -- doctors, nurses, health-care advocates, volunteers -- who care for the sick and poor.

10 Sikh Women You Should Know

A Finnish Lotta on look-out for russian planes, Lotta Svärd was a Finnish voluntary organisation for women. The name comes from a poem by Johan Ludvig Runeberg. Part of a large and famous book, The Tales of Ensign Stål, about a woman named Lotta Svärd. According to the poem, a Finnish soldier, private Svärd, went to fight in the Finnish War and took his wife, Lotta, along with him. Private Svärd was killed in battle, but his wife remained on the battlefield, taking care of wounded soldiers.

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.

Nadezhda Popova, who flew 852 missions during the war, including 18 in a single night. She passed away in 2013 at the age of 91. To read about Popova's incredible life story and learn more about the largely forgotten "Night Witch" heroines of WWII, visit

Rose Valland, who helped track and recover the art objects shipped through Paris during the Nazi invasion and occupation.

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Annie Oakley! She was the first woman Buffalo Bill hired for his Wild West show and was a trailblazer who challenged stereotypes about women of the time. Not only could she out-shoot men, she was out-earning most of them. Oakley also used her celebrity to campaign for a woman's right to paid employment and equal pay.

Obama awards Maya Angelou with Medal of Freedom: He quoted Angelou, saying, "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again," and bent down to kiss her cheek as he presented her with the medal.

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, photo by Johannes Beckmann ca. 1936.

“Zitkala-Ša (1876–1938) (Dakota: pronounced zitkála-ša, which translates to “Red Bird”), also known by the missionary-given name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a Sioux writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. She wrote several works chronicling her struggles in her youth as she was pulled back and forth between the influences of dominant American culture and her own Native American heritage, as well as books in English that brought traditional Native American stories to a widespre

Susan B. Anthony reads, Elizabeth Cady Stanton writes.

Portrait of Marie Skłodowska-Curie, and her two daughters, Eve and Irene, in 1908

Jane Goodall

© Richard Avedon, 1955, Portrait of Marian Anderson --- 20 years ago yesterday, African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century, Marian Anderson died. May her soul rest in peace.

Jim Marshall, 1960, Miriam Makeba, Monterey Jazz Festival; Miriam Makeba ("Mama Africa"), was a South African singer and civil rights activist. She actively campaigned against South African system of apartheid. As a result, her passport had been revoked in 1960 and South African government revoked her citizenship & right of return in 1963. As the apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the 1st time in 1990. Today would have been her 81st birthday. May her soul rest in peace. #portrait

Queen Latifah

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    Carol De Rouen-Cormier

    beautiful pic

First Black women to vote in Ettrick, Virginia, 1920 These women, left to right, are Eva Conner, Evie Carpenter, Odelle Green, Virginia Mary Branch, Anna Lindsay, Edna Colson, Edwina Wright, Johnella Frazer, and Nannie Nichols,

Sophie & Hans Scholl, their friend Christoph Probst, and several others were members of the White Rose, a group Hans and three fellow medical students founded to declare opposition to the Hitler regime and rally the resistance movement. They were subsequently imprisoned, tried, and executed in February 1943.

Can’t Forget, Won’t Forget: 18 February 1943