Feminist and revolutionary Qiu Jin was born in 1875 in China. She was vocal about women's rights and pressed for better access to education for women. At the time it was still customary for women to have their feet bound at the age of five, rendering women crippled and severely dependent on others. Qiu Jin encouraged women to resist oppression by their families and by the government, and to gain financial independence through education. She was beheaded by the authorities at the age of 31.
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Eleanor Roosevelt took advantage of her role as First Lady and spoke out about children's and women's rights, as well as human rights. Instead of staying in the back, she held press conferences where she was a voice for racial discrimination and the poor. She is now considered one of the first public officials to publicize important issues through the mass media.
Born in 1884, humanitarian, civil rights activist, and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most influential woman in American history. Throughout the Great Depression and World War II—and afterward—she ceaselessly worked to better the lives of all, and her achievements still resonate globally today.
Jeanine McIntosh Menze holds the distinction of becoming the first African-American female in the United States Coast Guard to earn the Coast Guard Aviation designation. At the time of her graduation, she was the first African-American female aviator in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.