Zlata Filipović was barely in her teens when her wartime diary was published, but she became an international media sensation for shedding a child's light on the conflict in Sarajevo. She went on to receive a master's degree in international peace studies from Oxford and is the editor of Stolen Hearts: Young People's War Diaries, a collection of children's wartime stories, and produced the film Stand Up! for a campaign against homophobic bullying.
Thandiwe Chama is a young educational rights activist in Zambia, most known for winning the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2007 at the age of sixteen. Thandiwe’s efforts in ensuring that every child have access to education has earned her fame throughout the world, primarily because of the courage and persistence that she has shown even at a young age. She is also the recipient of the first ever Zambian award given to children due to her influence through her activist work.
BlackHistory Poet, Novelist, Essayist and Teacher Jessie Redmon Fauset. She graduated from Cornell University in 1905 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1919 with a degree in French. She also graduated from the Sorbonne.
Carolina de Jesus was born in poverty and lived in a shack in a São Paulo slum. Although she had only a 2nd grade education, she loved to write. Her journal documenting slum life was discovered by a journalist, published and became a best-seller eventually being translated into 14 languages.
On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday (which lays behind her on the sidewalk). Anne is pictured here with her friend (standing) at the place she used to live before she had to go underground.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist pastor in Alabama, who when faced with the racial injustices of his time used non-violent means to improve the civil rights of African Americans. In 1964, Dr. King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means.
Fascinating, first person narratives (letters, diaries) written by pioneer women heading west in the 1840's. Read this book! The role of women pioneers has been ignored for too long by history and Hollyweird.
Dorothy Hodgkin worked out the structure of penicillin, insulin and vitamin B12. But when, after 31 years of work, she won the Nobel Prize for science in 1964 the Daily Mail chose to run the story under the headline "Oxford housewife wins Nobel"
Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during WWII. She was also responsible for preserving Anne Frank's diary and delivering it to her father Otto Frank, who was the sole survivor in the family. Gies received many honors, including knighthood in the Netherlands. She died in 2010 at the age of 100.
Chrystal Macmilian was a Scottish barrister, feminist and pacifist, and the first female science graduate from the University of Edinburgh as well as that institution's first female honours graduate in Mathematics. She was an activist for women's right to vote, and for other women's causes. She was the first woman to plead a case before the House of Lords, and was one of the founders of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
Gertrude Bell was an extraordinary British diplomat and spy. She was the first woman to graduate with a history degree from Oxford and became one of the country's leading Arabists. She played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq, utilizing her unique perspective from her travels and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East.
Nettie Stevens was a Cytogeneticist. She received her PhD from Bryn Mawr in 1903 and then studied in Europe. She is the discoverer of the chromosomal determination of sex (those X and Y chromosomes that determine whether the baby is a boy or girl) and published about thirty-eight professional papers.