Katherine Johnson, the NASA Mathematician Who Advanced Human Rights with a Slide Rule and Pencil NASA chief Charles Bolden recalls the historic trajectory of the “human computer” who played a key role in the Apollo 11 moon landing, and as a female African-American in the 1960s, shattered stereotypes in the process. (Katherine Johnson, photographed at Fort Monroe, in Hampton, Virginia. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz)
Waris Dirie and her son ................................................ Waris Dirie is a Somali model, author, actress and human rights activist. At the age of thirteen, she fled her family in order to escape an arranged marriage to a much older man. In London, she became a supermodel. In 1997, Waris abandoned her modeling career to focus on her work against female circumcision. That same year, she was appointed UN Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.
These three scientists are all incredible women who devoted themselves to studying apes; collectively they comprise Leakey’s Angels, so named because they all worked with archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey. They are Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. The name “Leakey’s Angels” was coined by Galdikas, first used in her book Reflections of Eden(1995) – a nod to the fact that she met Leakey in Los Angeles, the City of “Angels”.
"But you see now baby, whether you have a Ph. D., D.D., or no d, we're in this bag together. And whether you are from Morehouse or Nohouse, we're still in this bag together."-- Fannie Lou Hamer Phoyo of Mississippu human rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, June 1963 (Thanks to Brown Girl Collective)
Scholar John Henrik Clarke called Nzingha (or Anna Nzingha) the “greatest military strategist that ever confronted the armed forces of Portugal.” As queen of precolonial Angola, she sought to end the Portuguese capture and enslavement of African people, sending ambassadors and other representatives throughout West and Central Africa in an attempt to build a massive coalition of Africans to eject the Portuguese. Born c. 1582-1663.