Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870.She was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy, and following graduation she became director of a school for the mentally disabled in Rome.While at this school she formulated her methods for the education of very young children. She achieved startling results and the children under her tutelage passed many exams given to normal children.Her system of education,proudly bears her name today.
One Woman, Many Surprises: Pacifist Muslim, British Spy, WWII Hero
Noor Inayat Khan - Muslim Woman, WW2 Secret Agent, radio operator in occupied Paris, refused to carry a weapon to honor her pacifist beliefs, captured by the Nazis, escaped from them twice, finally executed by them. Posthumously awarded the French Croix de Guerre and the British George Cross.