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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.
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Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012). Italian neurologist, 103 years active and working. Nobel Prize (Physiology/Medicine) for her discovery of nerve growth factor. Inspiring for all women. ~ 'I tell young people: Do not think of yourself, think of others. Think of the future that awaits you, think about what you can do and do not fear anything. Do not fear the difficulties: I've had many in the past and I crossed without fear, with total indifference for myself.'

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Women's Rights News Women Heroes Rosa Luxemburg, Simone de Beauvoir, Emma Goldman (1930) sosyalist, feminist,

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Andree Geulen, a teacher in Brussels. When in 1942 some of her students arrived with yellow stars sewn on their clothes, she instructed the entire class, Jews & non-Jews, to wear aprons, so as to cover the stars. Geulen was active in the Comité de Défence des Juifs, where Jews & non-Jews joined forces to hide Jewish children & save 100s from death. In 1943, the school was raided. Asked if she wasn't ashamed to teach Jews, she replied: 'Aren't you ashamed to make war on children?'.

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Meena Keshwar Kamal; the Afghan woman who gave her life fighting for women’s rights. In Kabul, 1977, when she was just 19,Meena founded an organization called RAWA , which stands for The Revolutionary Association of the Woman of Afghanistan. RAWA is an organization that strives to “give voice to the deprived and silenced women of Afghanistan.” In 1981 she launched a feminist magazine called Payam-e-Zan, which exposed the criminal activities of fundamentalist groups.

Radical Radiance: Meena Keshwar Kamal

Mary Fields, nickname Stagecoach Mary, was a former slave who became the first African-American woman to work for the US postal service when, about age 60, she was the fastest applicant to hitch up a team of 6 horses in the Montana Territory. She wore a pistol under her apron and when the snow was too deep for the horses she would carry the mail on her back and deliver it on snowshoes. She never missed a day. When the town of Cascade banned women from saloons, the mayor granted her an…

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Simone Segouin, the 18 year old French Résistance fighter, 1944 18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, with war name Nicole Minet. She had come from Chartres to help liberate the capital. Paris, August 19, 1944.

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Martha Raye (1916 - 1994), American comedienne and USO worker, She is the only woman buried in the Special Forces cemetery at Fort Bragg. Hollywood just doesn't make 'em like this any more. During WWII, Korea and Vietnam, she traveled extensively to entertain the American troops. Martha was made an honorary Green Beret and visited US Army Special Forces in Vietnam without fanfare.She was affectionately known by the Green Berets as "Colonel Maggie.

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During WWII Myrna Loy abandoned her acting career to focus on the war effort and worked closely with the Red Cross. She toured frequently to raise war funds, and was so outspokenly against Adolf Hitler that her name appeared on his blacklist.

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La Mulâtresse Solitude (1772-19 November 1802), was a slave rebel and heroine of the fight against slavery in Guadeloupe. Originally a slave, she was freed by the abolition of slavery in 1794 during the French revolution. When slavery was reintroduced on Guadeloupe by Napoleon in 1802, she joined Louis Delgrès call to fight for her freedom and took part in the Battle of the 18 May 1802. She was captured and executed by hanging after being granted to wait out her pregnancy.

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Mary Beard at The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Any young woman having a hard time at school or university should ask herself: “What would Mary Beard do?” The answer is usually: read another book, don’t worry about what your hair looks like, and take no crap from anybody. The Cambridge professor of classics memorably stood up to internet trolls by refusing to be ashamed when they made lewd jokes about her age and her body. She has recently opposed the trend among university societies for…

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Smart Girls, what do you do #LikeAGirl? Tweet us @smrtgrls with your photos! (image via United Humanists)

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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5 Life Lessons We Can Learn from Lauren Bacall - #laurenbacall #oldhollywood #actress #humphreybogart #laurenbacallquotes #quotes #women #life #happiness #confidence #success

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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.

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What Maya Angelou said to Oprah about how you should treat racists in your house

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