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Beverly Johnson (born October 13, 1952) is an American model, actress, and businesswoman. She made history when she rose to fame as the first black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974

Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. On her death she became the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.

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Harriet Quimby, 1912. Despite a very short career, Quimby remains one of the most popular pioneer female aviators. Stylish in her purple satin flying suit, Quimby was the first American woman to earn a pilot's license and the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel. She is seen here posing at the controls of her Moisant Bleriot XI type monoplane. NASM-2002-23705

Microbiologist and pediatrician Hattie Elizabeth Alexander began working on Haemophilus influenza in the early 1930s. The bacteria caused influenzal meningitis with a near 100% mortality rate in infants and children. Alexander’s development of an antiserum as well as her work to standardize diagnosis and treatment, dropped the mortality rate down below 25%. | National Women's History Museum | #NWHM #WomensHistory #HattieElizabethAlexander #WomenInScience

During WWII, the Gestapo's most wanted person was New Zealand born Allied agent Nancy Wake. Among her numerous exploits, she killed an SS soldier with her bare hands, to prevent him from raising the alarm during an undercover raid

Marie Antoinette's last letter translated to English. Click through to read it. In the early hours of October 16th, 1793, nine months after the execution of her husband, Louis XVI, the 37-year-old Marie Antoinette wrote her farewell letter to her sister-in-law Madame Elisabeth. Just eight hours later, Marie Antoinette was beheaded.

Rosemary Brown was elected to the provincial legislature of British Columbia in 1972, becoming the first black woman in Canadian history to be a member of a Canadian parliamentary body.

Lillian Yonally, who was 17 when war broke out, joined the WASPS and trained at the Sweetwater Army Field in Texas flying B25 bombers. She served in the seventh class of the Women’s Flying Training Detachment in which women pilots lead training exercises for male pilots including aircraft tracking both during the night and at high altitude, along with acting as targets for combat training. 38 WASPS were killed during WWII.

Maureen Dunlop leaving the cockpit of a plane she had just flown in 1944. These female pilots of the British Air Transport Auxiliary flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to air bases in England during WWII ~

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One of the most feared of all London's street gangs in the late 1880's was a group of female toughs known as the Clockwork Oranges. They would later inspire Anthony Burgess' most notorious novel.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, president of Iceland, was the first female president in the world. Elected in 1980, re-elected 3 times until she retired in 1996.

Last Angel of Bataan. Mildred Dalton Manning died March 8 at age 98. She was an Army nurse held prisoner by the Japanese in the Philippines for almost three years during World War II ~

Valaida Snow (1903-1956) Black female trumpeter, leader of all girl band. While touring in Europe captured by the nazi's and detained in concentration camp for two years.

Flora Sandes-the only British woman to serve in combat in WWI. was the only British woman to officially serve as an infantryman in the war, the first woman to ever be commissioned as an officer in the Serbian army, and performed so many intense acts of badassitude that she's now considered a war hero in both her homeland and her adopted country of Serbia.

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The first Black woman to serve as Corps Commander Sergeant Major at West Point. Perez graduated in the top 10 percent of her class, out-ran many men, directed a gospel choir and read the Bible every day. She also headed a weekly convoy as it rolled down treacherous roads,pocked with bombs and bulletsnear Najaf, Iraq. As platoon leader, she insisted on leading her troops from the front. Shortly before shipping out to Iraq with the 204 Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, s...

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