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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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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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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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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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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

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


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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…


Mary Fields - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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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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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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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