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Juanita Kidd Stout (1919-1998) Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1988-1989, the first African-American woman elected to judgeship in America and also to serve in the Supreme Court of any state.

Juanita Kidd Stout (1919-1998) • BlackPast

“If I had nine lives, I’d want to be a lawyer every day of every one, I enjoy it so.” With this sensibility and love for the legal system, Juanita Kidd Stout made the correct decision in choosing her life’s work. Juanita Kidd Stout established … Read MoreJuanita Kidd Stout (1919-1998)

Edna St Vincent Millay (1892-1950) American lyrical poet, playwright, feminist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Edna St. Vincent Millay | Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of POETRY magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Julia Butterfly Hill (1974-) American activist and environmentalist, best known for protecting a California Redwood tree by living in it for 738 days.

Julia Butterfly Hill

Julia Butterfly Hill is a famously eloquent environmental activist, who, from December 1997 to December 1999, lived atop a 1500-year-old California Redwood

Layne Redmond (1952-) American drummer, teacher, mythologist and author of 'When Drummers Were Women'.

Friends & Colleagues - World Percussion by David Kuckhermann

Vladiswar Nadishana and Julia Surba Two incredible creative human beings from ancient Kuzhebar. Nadishana plays pretty much every instrument you can imagine and some and composes original and highly unique and beautiful music. Julia creates art in form of …

Marie Colvin (1956-2012) Award-winning American journalist for the British newspaper The Sunday Times.

Remembering War Correspondent Marie Colvin: 1957-2012

Last year, I sent an e-mail to Marie Colvin, the London Sunday Times journalist who was killed by government forces in the Syrian town of Homs earlier today. I was hoping to hook up with her somewhere in North Africa, where we were both covering the Arab Spring. I asked her to be careful because things looked complicated and scary in Libya. On February 22—a year ago today—she replied, “I am in Tripoli, any chance you coming this way? Need any help? I’m staying a while, but not sure how long…

Arundhati Roy (1961-) Indian Novelist and winner of the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel The God of Small Things.

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy (1961-) Indian Novelist and winner of the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel The God of Small Things.

Isabel Letham (1899-1995) Australian surfer and surfing instructor and the first Australian to ride a surfboard

She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History - Isabel Letham

She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History - Isabel Letham

Daphne Zuniga (1962-) American actress perhaps best known for her role in soap opera Melrose Place

Daphne Zuniga in One Tree Hill | Daphne Zuniga Photos | FanPhobia - Celebrities Database

Daphne Zuniga (1962-) American actress perhaps best known for her role in soap opera Melrose Place

Toyah Willcox (1958-) British actress, singer and author

Toyah Willcox (1958-) British actress, singer and author

Camila Batmanghelidjh (1963-) Iranian-British children's rights advocate, founder of founder of Kids Company and The Place2Be, and author of Shattered Lives: Children Who Live With Courage and Dignity

Camila Batmanghelidjh (1963-) Iranian-British children's rights advocate, founder of founder of Kids Company and The Place2Be, and author of Shattered Lives: Children Who Live With Courage and Dignity

Myf Warhurst (1973-) Australian television personality, radio presenter and street press editor

What Myf Warhurst did next

MYF Warhurst is unemployed, and you can't help feeling happy for her.

Mary Delany (1700-1788) British blue stocking, artist, letter-writer and maker of 'paper-mosaicks'

Mary Delany

Mary Delany (1700-1788) British blue stocking, artist, letter-writer and maker of 'paper-mosaicks'

Lucy Worsley (1973-) British historian and curator

I have been educated out of the natural reproductive function... Or how BBC antiques expert Sr Lucy is too busy for a family

Now it would appear that Dr Lucy Worsley has another string to her bow – she has become a ‘poster girl’ for women who opt out of motherhood.