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Renowned suffragette & temperance advocate Susan B. Anthony became a vociferous proponent for social reform in the US during the 19th century. (photo: Library of Congress)

These men are a part of 50 Southerners who showed up at Gettysburg in 1913---- on the 50th anniversary of the battle. They survived the war, of course. But neater still, they are walking up Pickett's Charge, where they walked 50 years before and survived! And there weren't many of those even in 1863.

On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.

Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793-1880) "..was an American Quaker, abolitionist, social reformer, and proponent of women's rights. She is said to be one of the first American feminists in the early 19th early advocate for women's political power and influence in America, where women could not vote until 1920."

"Emmeline Pankhurst, who had founded the Women’s Social & Political Union, being arrested as a Suffragette". Ladies, our fore mothers fought for the rights of future generations (us) so that we would have the chance and the choice to vote. Do not let that struggle be in vain. Vote!

Lionel Logue, age 26. Australian speech therapist responsible for the un-stammering of King George VI. Here he is with his future wife, 21-year-old Myrtle Gruenert. HOW HANDSOME HE WAS

"Tina Strobos, famous woman of the Dutch resistance who sheltered more than 100 Jews during the Holocaust, recently passed away at the age of 91. She risked her own life for total strangers. She found ingenious ways to forge travel documents. She let carpenters build hidden rooms in her own house. She was arrested multiple times and survived all the interrogations. Her house was searched multiple times. “I never believed in God,” she said, “but I believed in the sacredness of life".”

Una Marson (1905-1965) was a pioneer Jamaican feminist, poet, playwright and social activist. A black Jamaican woman, from the middle class and of strict Baptist upbringing, Marson emigrated to work in London in 1932, producing plays, poems and programs for the BBC during World War II. She was the epitome of a black political artist.

Lois Gibbs. In 1978, after discovering her entire neighborhood was built on a toxic waste dump and with no prior experience in community activism, Gibbs organized her neighbors and formed the Love Canal Homeowners Association. She led her community in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. After years of struggle, 833 families were eventually evacuated, and cleanup of Love Canal began. Her efforts also led to the creation of the EPA's Superfund Act.

Harriet Powers was an African American slave, folk artist and quiltmaker from rural Georgia. Her quilts are considered among the finest examples of 19th century Southern quilting.

Identity photo of Dirke Otten, who gave her identity card to a Jew in order to save her. Otten and her husband hid as many as 50 Jews in their home at one time

Druella Jones or "Aunt Jonas," Alabama, 1915 age 94. "She and two others were the only old slaves I found who were not loyal to their owners. During the [civil] war she tried to burn her master's house"

A women of the resistance movement, who is a member of a patrol to rout out the Germans snipers still left in areas in Paris, France, on August 29, 1944


Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind' Turns 75

Margaret Mitchell, pictured above in 1941, started writing while recovering from an ankle injury in 1926. She had read her way through most of Atlanta's Carnegie Library, so her husband brought home a typewriter and said: "Write your own book to amuse yourself." The result was Gone with the Wind.

You are looking at a stunning photograph of Helen Keller. It was created between 1905 and 1945 by Harris & Ewing. The photograph illustrates Keller, who was an author, activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Henrietta Lacks died in 1951; her cells lived on. She has contributed more to modern science than anyone all without consent or knowledge. Polio vaccine, Cancer research, AIDS research/vaccine, genetic mapping, 11,000 patents -- all from the HeLa cell line.

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Golda Meir

Golda Meir, 1943. Future President of Israel.

Emma Goldman was an anarchist, a feminist, was an advocate for free love, encouraged the use of contraception, and fought for gay/lesbian rights. She was an incredible speaker and was considered “the most dangerous woman in America.”


Dec. 21, 1898: The Curies Discover Radium

Nobel Prize winners Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium in 1898.