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Grit and Grace

....... now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done -- occasionally what men have not done -- thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. ~ Amelia Earhart

Grit and Grace

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Melissa Stockwell: Was the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat and was the first Iraq War veteran to compete in the Paralympic Games as a swimmer in 2008 • Was one of four athletes featured in a documentary called “Warrior Champions” • Completed her residency in prosthetics where she fit other amputees with prosthetic devices

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She lived a short life, but she lived a big life. She really was the People's princess. "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." -Princess Diana

Lydia Litvyak. One of two Russian pilots who were the world’s only female fighting aces during World War II. She kicked Nazi butt.

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A survivor of two wars, a prison camp and near starvation, Colonel Ruby Bradley, was one of the most decorated women in U.S. military history.

U.S. Army Sgt. Kendra Coleman with her service dog, Smokey James. "It’s important for people to know that I’d do it again to keep America safe from terrorists.

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John Isaac, a UNICEF photographer, took this photo during Audrey’s first field mission to Ethiopia, in 1988.

Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank and her family for 2 years.

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At age 23, Phyllis Latour Doyle parachuted into occupied Normandy, in May 1944, to gather intelligence on Nazi positions in preparation for D-Day. As an agent for the British Special Operations Executive, Doyle secretly relayed 135 coded messages before France's liberation in August. For 70 years, her contributions to the war effort have been unheralded but the 93-year-old was finally given her due last week when she was awarded France's highest honor, the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour

Captain Katie Higgins is flying into history this weekend (4/18/2015) as she takes to the skies as the first female pilot in the 69 year history of the Blue Angels! At the Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina, she will fly publicly for the first time as a member of the US Navy's elite flight squadron. For the Maryland native, being an aviation trailblazer and role model is an honor: "if that's inspiring to little girls around the country, then I'm doing my job."

Happy 99th birthday to Beverly Cleary! The beloved author of more than 30 children's books, Mrs. Cleary is the recipient of both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award and has been declared a "Living Legend" by the U.S. Library of Congress. Her books and memorable characters have delighted children for generations; in discussing their timeless appeal she once explained, "Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? And the only answer I can give is, In childhood."

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If there's no inner peace, people can't give it to you. The husband can't give it to you. Your children can't give it to you. You have to give it to you. Linda Evans

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Georgia O' Keefe, who created beautiful art and also had a beautiful mind, “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

8-year-old Helen Keller (1880-1968) with Anne Sullivan (1866-1936) vacationing at Cape Cod in July 1888. Both Keller and Sullivan indicated later in their journals that “doll” was the first word Helen learned in sign language in March 1887. This photograph is believed to be the only known photo of Helen holding one of her dolls.

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Dec. 7, 1941, 22-yr-old Cornelia Fort became the 1st American woman pilot in a combat zone while flying over Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. While 2 other civilian planes were shot out of the sky, she made it thru' the strafing & landed her plane. She was among the first pilots recruited for the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. In March 1943, she was killed by a midair collision while on a ferrying mission to Dallas.

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Hazel Ying Lee was the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military.

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Elizabeth Sweetheart has been wearing green for 16 years. "I’m from Nova Scotia, where green is in your surroundings. I missed nature when I moved to New York. I started wearing green nail polish, and it spread all over me." Also: her expression here is so impish, she looks like the Faerie Queen, completely unable to travel incognito. I kinda love her. :-)

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Andrée Peel, the World War II heroine known as "Agent Rose," was born in 1905. The most highly decorated woman to survive the war, Peel was a major figure in the French Resistance who helped save countless lives, including over 100 British and American pilots shot down over France.