VIOLA DAVIS

Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one, and is the only black actress or actor to win the Triple Crown of Acting

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SURYA BONALY

Surya Bonaly is a former French figure skater who competed for France. Looking back at her time in Figure Skating, one can't help but see the rampant racism the judges across competitions had towards Surya Bonaly. They criticized her for being "too athletic" as well as focus too much on technique.

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PREM MATHUR

Prem Mathur is the first Indian woman commercial pilot. She obtained her commercial pilot's licence in 1947. After acquiring her commercial pilot's license, she was turned down by eight private airlines, none of which wanted a woman pilot. 

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CORAZON AQUINO

One of our favorite He-For-She advocates, Tim Sullivan, brings us this weeks Bad-Ass-Bitch: Corazon Aquino! You know what's pretty fierce? Leading a revolution to topple the brutal 20+ year regime of a military dictator. It took a woman - Corazon Aquino.

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MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Malala Yousafzai is know for being an advocate for women’s education during a time when the Taliban regime ruled Pakistan, banning young women and girls from attending school.

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PATSY MINK

Patsy Mink was the first Asian American women elected to Congress. She co-authored the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Amendment, which requires equal financing for women's sports and education programs that receive funds from the federal government.
 

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NELLIE BLY

In 1880, the Pittsburgh Dispatch published an article entitled “What Girls Are Good For” written by the “Quiet Observer,” or “Q.O.,” stating that (among other fucked up things) a working woman was “a monstrosity.” Eighteen year old Elizabeth Cochrane wasted no time taking pen to paper to let the publication know exactly what she thought of this steaming crock of misogynist bullshit.

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ONEY JUDGE

Oney was a slave in the Washington Household. She had been with the family since the age of 10, most likely as a playmate for Nelly Custis, one of Martha Washington's grandchildren. She quickly rose to be Martha's personal attendant.

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THE GRIMKE SISTERS

Early 19th century upper class American Southerners were not exactly known for their abolitionist tendencies. In fact, Sarah and Angelina Grimke were apparently the only members of the Southern elite (male or female) who actively rejected the spoils of Plantation life to fight for justice and equality. Shocking and also, YOU GO, SISTERS.

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MADELINE ALBRIGHT

Madeleine was the first female Sectary of State under Bill Clinton. Immediately before becoming Secretary of State, she was an ambassador to the United Nations. 

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ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF

As a rising politician in Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became known for her steadfast integrity. She clashed so hard with heads of state that she was imprisoned twice and nearly executed. In 2006 she became the first female president of an African country and is still ruling to this day. 

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ELIA PEATTIE

Elia (1862-1935) was a journalist and outspoken in her opposition to lynching, capital punishment, and the Battle of Wounded Knee. She was an anomaly in her time, as she was a respected journalist in Chicago and quickly rose through the ranks to ultimately become an editor of a major newspaper.

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