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Remarkable Women

Remarkable Women

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Agbani Darego | Winning Miss World 2001, Agbani revolutionized the modeling industry and how people of color, particularly Africans, view pageantry. She remains a role model for many young women because she is a reflection of them.

Mary Fields was a black gun-totin' female in the American Wild West who was six feet tall, heavy, tough, short-tempered, and she carried a pair of six-shooters and an eight or ten-gauge shotgun. In 1895, she found a job that suited her, as a U.S. mail coach driver for the Cascade County region of central Montana. She and her mule, Moses, never missed a day, and it was in this aptitude that she became a legend in her own time known as Stagecoach Mary for her unfailing reliability

Odette Samson - a British spy working in occupied France during the WW2, a radio operator. Betrayed by a double agent a year later, Sansom was captured and tortured in a Paris jail. She did not divulge the identity of any colleagues, sent to a concentration camp, but her execution was never carried out and she survived the war, then spent years working for charities aimed to lessen the pain of war. Awarded the George Cross.

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Johanna Quaas, 86 years

Remarkable woman, who is also a major Hollywood actor and director, a mother of six children with fiancé Brad Pitt, and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie.

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Lady Oprah: "Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it." - Oprah Winfrey

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Amelia Earhart.

The Eleven Nuns of Nowogrodek were executed by the Gestapo in 1943. The Sisters unanimously expressed a desire to their chaplain to offer their lives in sacrifice for the imprisoned to spare those who had families. When the life of their chaplain Father Zienkiewicz was threatened, the Sisters renewed their offer, saying, "There is a greater need for a priest on this earth than for us. We pray that God will take us in his place, if sacrifice of life is needed." Amazing heroines and martyrs!

Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Massery; Will Counts, 1957 Elizabeth Eckford was one of the first black students admitted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This photo shows her grueling walk to class while being shouted at by white student Hazel Massery. Although Massery would later express regret for her actions, the photo showed the nation and the world the heated strife in the Southern United States.

101 years old * At 101 years old, Connie was still riding her horse every day. She taught over 36,000 girls to ride at a girls summer camp over a span of 70 years. She was a huge inspiration to many people. Her health was great and her mind was sharp. I asked her what her secret to longevity was. She said, “Well Honey, you just don’t let that rocking chair take over…you get up and go even if you don’t want to.”

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Élise Rivet was Mother Superior at the convent of "Notre Dame de Compassion," where she not only hid refugees from the gestapo but also used the convent to stash some weapons and ammunition for the resistance. She was eventually caught in March 1944 and sentenced to hard labor at Ravensbrück concentration camp. About a year later, Élise was murdered along with thousands of others just weeks before the war ended.


Starting in October 1943, Marianne Cohen smuggled groups of youngsters to Switzerland until she was arrested in May 1944, with a group of 28 children. The Jewish members of the underground planned to rescue her but she refused, lest her escape result in tragic consequences for the children.

Rita Levi Montalcini is an Italian neurologist who, together with colleague Stanley Cohen, received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of Nerve growth factor (NGF). AND she’s a style icon.

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." — Mother Teresa

Helen Brooke Taussig (1898-1986) was an American cardiologist, working in Baltimore and Boston, who founded the field of pediatric cardiology. Notably, she is credited with developing the concept for a procedure that would extend the lives of children born with Tetrology of Fallot (also known as blue baby syndrome). This concept was applied in practice as a procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt.

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, born in Texas in 1892, was the first female African American pilot, and the first African American to obtain an international pilot’s license.