Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, here at 23 years of age, being interrogated by the military. She was arrested in 1970 as a member of COLINA, a far left organization that fought against the military junta. Dilma was tortured for 22 days and spent 3 years in prison. Today she is Brazil's first woman president.
Te Ata Fisher, Chickasaw, entertained President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King George VI of Britain through song, dance and storytelling. Born in 1895, Te Ata, which means “Bearer of the Morning” spent much of her 99 years telling the stories and folklore of her people to local and worldwide audiences. Te Ata shared her gift of storytelling on the Chautauqua circuit in the 1920s – a lecture circuit used by entertainers, politicians and religious leaders before the advent of radio broadcasts.
Ruth Ellington Boatwright -- 16 years younger than her brother Duke Ellington, Ruth, planned to teach biology, graduating in 1939 from Columbia. She spent time in Europe studying languages and writing a thesis comparing the teaching of biology in NYC and Paris. (She stayed in Paris with Josephine Baker, a close friend of her brother.) But her plans took a turn in 1941, when Duke asked her to be president of his company, Tempo Music, and she managed her brother's business for over fifty…
Dorothy Irene Height (1912–2010) was an administrator, educator, and social activist. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.