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Shamima Shaikh: South African activist against racism and for women's rights in Muslim communities

Luisa Capetillo: one of Puerto Rico’s most recognized labor organizers and women’s rights activists.

alice paul, US suffragette and social activist 1885 – 1977. Got women's suffrage across the goal line and then drafted the Equal Rights Amendment.

bell hooks: ”Feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression. Its aim is not to benefit solely any specific group of women, any particular race or class of women. It does not privilege women over men. It has the power to transform meaningfully all our lives.”

Suffragettes ~ 1911 - thank God for these brave women!

Sylvia Rivera: Transgender activist and founding member of the Gay Activists Alliance and the Gay Liberation Front, as well as the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries

Carrie Chapman Catt: Chicago suffragette who founded the League of Women Voters

Melba Pattillo Beals: One of the "Little Rock Nine" who were the first African-American students to be integrated into Central High School after the Brown v. Board of Education decision to end school segregation.

Unquestionably cool. Memphis, 1942

Kate Sheppard: New Zealand's feminist pioneer who helped bring about universal suffrage there in 1893.

Ana Mendieta: Cuban American artist who made pieces that dealt with women's issues (such as "Silueta," seen here)

Maude Collins - Ohio's First (and possibly America's first) Female Sheriff in 1925

Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues

Inspirational woman.

Catholic Socialist Activist Dorothy Day with her prison dress. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate. Arriving at a rural workhouse, the women were roughly handled. The women responded with a hunger strike. Finally they were freed by presidential order.


"We push women to study, to get a great job then at some point they have to choose between a family or a career. Women shouldnt have to choose" Licia Ronzulli often brings her daughter at the European Parliament as a symbolic gesture to reclaim more rights for women in reconciling work and family life.

" Women's empowerment begins with girls' empowerment. Breaking the cycle of gender discrimination requires that we promote and protect the rights of girls. At the same time we also need to equip them with the skills and opportunities they need to transform their lives and those of their communities." ~Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and joint-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

"Mama Africa" South African Activist and Grammy-award winner Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008), was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.

Susie King Taylor: first African American army nurse; the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences; also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.

Clarina Nichols. Reformer, journalist, made a name for herself writing about what would later become three life-defining passions: women's rights in child custody, married women's property rights, and equality in matters pertaining to public schools.