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

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

    Suffragettes ~ 1911 - thank God for these brave women!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Jewel S. LaFontant-MANkarious (1922-1997), A.B. Oberlin 1943, '79 hon., trustee 1981-86. She was the first African American woman to serve as assistant U.S. attorney and the first African American woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    What a South African activist sees as ‘the greatest threat since apartheid’ By Tiffany Harness April 30 at 6:15 am Meet a true South African hero. So happy to see a life of dedication to social and environmental justice recognised. Well done chief you deserve it. www.washingtonpos...

    Meet the “Chinese Joan of Arc,” Qiu Jin (秋瑾) (1875-1907), a radical women’s rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty, for which she was arrested and executed. She became the first female martyr for China’s 1911 Revolution and is celebrated as a national heroine today.

    Ruth First (4 May 1925 – 17 August 1982) was a South African anti-apartheid activist and scholar born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was killed by a parcel bomb addressed specifically to her in Mozambique, where she worked in exile from South Africa.

    "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.

    Roxcy O’Neal Bolton (1926 – Present) 20th Century Women’s Rights Pioneer and lifelong advocate for women’s rights. She is the founder of Florida’s first battered women's shelter and the nation’s first hospital-based Rape Treatment Center. Her extensive work also includes convincing National Airlines to offer maternity leave to (instead of firing) pregnant flight attendants and lobbying for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

    " 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

    Inspirational woman.

    Althea Gibson broke the color barrier to become the first African American woman to compete on the world tennis tour.

    total SHERO - Kenyan environmental & political activist, Dr. Wangari Maathai. founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, & women's rights & winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of her contributions to human rights & democracy.