BESSIE COLEMAN

Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator and was the first woman of African American descent to hold a pilot license. Born to a family of share croppers in Texas, she worked in the cotton fields at a young age but also studied in a small segregated school and went on to attend one term of college at Langston University. 

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HARRIET TUBMAN

Born a slave, she escaped in 1849, traveling 90 miles on foot at night from Maryland into Pennsylvania. She made her way using the Underground Railroad that had been established to help escaped slaves pass from house to house northward into free states. 

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AGNESS UNDERWOOD

Agness “Aggie” Underwood was one of the first women in the United States to hold the position of city editor on a major metropolitan newspaper, in her case, Los Angeles’s Evening Harold and Express. An anomaly in her time, when most female journalists were stuck writing advice columns, Underwood was the original “tough-as-nails” female crime reporter long before film and television made it a well-known cliche. 

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MARGARET CHO

Margaret Cho is an American stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially regarding race and sexuality. 

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EMILIE DU CHATELET

Emilie du Châtelet is best know for being the lover of Voltaire - a man whose name is synonymous with the Enlightenment, which is considered the single biggest leap in mankind’s understanding of itself and the world. It is also a time period known for male chauvinism and diminishing the ability of women. 

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ANJU BOBBY GEORGE

Anju Bobby George is an Indian athlete. Anju made history when she won the bronze medal in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris. With this achievement, she became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics jumping 6.70 m. 

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MAE WEST

This fierce female was arrested for her Broadway debut in the play SEX, which she starred in, wrote, produced, and directed in 1926 (?!?!?!). Her follow-up was called The Drag, which was about her opposition to gay conversion therapy (sorry Pencey, people found your suggestions laughably ludicrous even in the 20's), but this one didn't make it past the censors due to its flagrant depiction of homosexuality.

 

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DAME JANE MORRIS GOODALL

Dame Jane Morris Goodall , is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her over 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania in 1960. 

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ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI

The world of Italian art - especially in the early to mid 1600s - was, needless to say, and extremely male dominated environment. But this didn’t stop Artemisia Gentileschi, who became one of the most accomplished painters of the Baroque, post-Caravaggio era. 

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RADIUM GIRLS

The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. Painting was done by women at three different sites in the United States, and the term now applies to the women working at the facilities. The first, United States Radium factory in Orange, New Jersey, beginning around 1917, at Ottawa, Illinois, beginning in the early 1920s, and a third facility in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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ISABELLA AIONA ABBOTT

Isabella Kauakea Yau Yung Aiona Abbot was an educator, ethnobotanist and originally from Hāna, Maui. She authored 8 books and over 150 publications, is the first woman of Hawaiian ancestry to receive a Ph.D. in science, and is the leading expert in Pacific algae and the first woman on the biological sciences faculty at Stanford. Isabella Kauakea Yau Yung Aiona Abbot paved the way for all women in science and for Native Hawaiian scientists; she helped us all have a better understanding of the land they inhabit and the plantlife that lives there.

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AUNG SAN SUU KYI

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, and author who is the First and incumbent State Counsellor and Leader of the National League for Democracy. She is also the first woman to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, the Minister of the President's Office, the Minister of Electric Power and Energy, and the Minister of Education in President Htin Kyaw's Cabinet, and from 2012 to 2016 was a Pyithu Hluttaw MP for Kawhmu Township.
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“If you're feeling helpless, help someone.”

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MARIA PEPE

As a young girl in Hoboken, New Jersey, Maria Pepe loved to play sports. In the spring of 1971, Maria - age 11 - followed her friends to the Little League sign-ups where she hesitated outside the door, knowing there was an inherent “no girls” policy. She was spotted by coach, Jimmy Farina, who noticed her glove and ball cap and asked if she might be interested in trying out. 

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CLARA HALE

Clara Hale, also known as Mother Hale, she founded the Hale House Center, a home for unwanted children and children born addicted to drugs. It all started when Clara's daughter, Lorraine, brought a mother and child who were addicted to drugs home. Inspired, she got a license as a child care facility in 1970 at the age of 65. Until her death in 1992, she took in addicted children and raise as if they were her own. As they grew older and got better, Clara would return them to their now-sober parents or find them homes with new families, if necessary.

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DR. ELIZABETH BLACKWELL

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell is most well-known for being the first woman to receive a medical degree from an American college, however her accomplishments far surpass just being a pioneer for her gender in the field of medicine. From an early age, Blackwell was involved in the education of young women, founding The Cincinnati English and French Academy for Young Ladies as a young lady herself to help with her family’s economic hardship.

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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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