June Mathis (1889-1927) was an American screenwriter and one of the highest paid Hollywood executives in the 1920s. Mathis was the first female executive for Metro/MGM and at only 35, she was the highest paid executive in Hollywood. In 1926 she was voted the third most influential woman in Hollywood, behind Mary Pickford and Norma Talmadge. She discovered Rudolph Valentino. #film
Gerda Taro (1910–1937) was a pioneering photojournalist whose brief career consisted almost exclusively of dramatic photographs from the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Her photographs were widely reproduced in the French leftist press, and incorporated the dynamic camera angles of New Vision photographyas well as a physical and emotional closeness to her subject. Taro worked alongside Robert Capa, who was her photographic as well as romantic partner, and the two collaborated closely.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Sara Teasdale began writing poetry during her education at Mary Institute. She went on to publish several collections of poetry. In 1918, her poetry collection titled "Love Songs" won the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Photo taken by the Gerhard Sisters, 1910. Missouri History Museum.
Ida B. Wells was an African American journalist, newspaper editor and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites. She was active in the women's rights and the women's suffrage movement.
Rosalind Franklin: female scientist instrumental in discovering the structure of DNA. Watson and Crick broke into her lab and stole some crystalographs she had taken; this helped them deduce the structure of DNA. Unfortunately she never got the credit for any part of the discovery.
In 1921 a group of several thousand women marched across the coalfields of southeast Kansas in courageous protest against unfair labor laws and practices. Mary Skubitz, a leader of the march, was arrested.
Dr. Jane Wright became professor of surgery, head of the cancer chemotherapy department, and associate dean at New York Medical College, and the highest ranked African American woman at a nationally recognized medical institution.
Karen Silkwood was a labor union activist in Oklahoma. She was about to blow the whistle on her work employers at the Kerr-McGee Plutonium Plant when she found herself contaminated with plutonium. On November 13,1974, as she was heading to meet a journalist, her car crashed, killing her instantly. Police claimed it was an accident, other reports claimed she was murdered. The case remains unsolved.