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 fonds, and was so outspokenly against Adolf Hitler that her name appeared on his blacklist.
Incredibly brave Anne Sophie Oestvedt was one of the two women of the four leaders of WWII Norwegian resistance. Going deep undercover to lead thousands of fighters, she even stood next to her father on a tram and never let him know. Hunted by the Gestapo, she evaded capture the entire war. Although her mental & physical health suffered, she finished college in the US post WWII and returned to Norway with her husband, the XU leader Oistein Stromnes (km).
“Nellie Bly” was born at the moment in 1885 when a slender, 18-year-old Elizabeth Cochrane walked into the city room of the Pittsburgh Dispatch and announced that she was the “battle-ax” who had written the anonymous piece, “Girls and Their Sphere in Life.” Before she was 22, she made journalistic history, not only as a pioneer woman reporter, but also as a great crusader. In 1889, she set off on a trip around the world to beat Jules Verne’s 80 days, and she did it in 72.
'Female Schindler' who saved 2,500 Jewish children, has died aged 98
Hans Scholl of The White Rose, a small group of students and one professor at the University of Munich who defied and spoke out against Nazi horrors. In less than a year in 1943 Hans, his sister Sophie and Christoph Probst were caught, “tried” and beheaded. They saw crimes against humanity and resisted, knowing that this would cost them their lives. At a time when conformity turned an entire nation into a murderous mob, they remained individualists, becoming heroes of all mankind.
"One and God make a majority'. "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." "No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck". ~Frederick Douglass
During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Nancy Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. And she was a New Zealander. In spite of Hitler she lives to be 98.