GRACE HOPPER

Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper - taken in part from the American Computer & Robotics Museum in Bozeman, Montana. 

Grace Hopper was a pioneer in the field of computer science and one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, developing the first compiler for a computer programming language. She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages. 

She received her B.A. in mathematics and physics from Vassar, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1928, and went on to complete her M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale. After teaching math at Vassar from 1931-1941, she won a faculty fellowship for study at New York University’s Courant Institute for Mathematics.

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LILLY LEDBETTER

Taken from LillyLedbetter.com

Lilly Ledbetter was born in a house with no running water or electricity in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama. She knew that she was destined for something more, and in 1979, with two young children at home and over the initial objections of her husband Charles, Lilly applied for her dream job at the Goodyear tire factory. Even though the only women she’d seen there were secretaries in the front offices where she’d submitted her application, she got the job—one of the first women hired at the management level.

Though she faced daily gender prejudice and sexual harassment, Lilly pressed onward, believing that eventually things would change. Until, nineteen years after her first day at Goodyear, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. 

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MARSHA P. JOHNSON

By Tim Sullivan!

Born Malcolm Michaels, Jr. in 1945, her mother told her if she was gay, she was "lower than a dog." She left home and moved to New York City with $15 to her name.

Taking the name Johnson from the Howard Johnson's on 42nd Street, and her middle initial P. for "Pay It No Mind," Marsha P. Johnson became an indelible figure in the queer community of New York in the 1960's.

She was present at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and is considered one of the first to fight back against the police raid. In defiance of police efforts to shut the bar down, she threw a shotglass at a mirror - "the shotglass heard around the world."

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ELIZABETH CADY STANTON

Taken from Biography,com

Women's rights activist, feminist, editor, and writer. Born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York. The daughter of a lawyer who made no secret of his preference for another son, she early showed her desire to excel in intellectual and other "male" spheres. She graduated from the Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary in 1832 and then was drawn to the abolitionist, temperance, and women's rights movements through visits to the home of her cousin, the reformer Gerrit Smith.

In 1840 Elizabeth Cady Stanton married a reformer Henry Stanton (omitting “obey” from the marriage oath), and they went at once to the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London, where she joined other women in objecting to their exclusion from the assembly.

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ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born on October 13th, 1989 in the Bronx, New York City. In high school, her research project on microbiology won second prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, resulting in a small asteroid being named after her. She was a member of the National Hispanic Institute’s Lorenzo de Zalvala Youth Legislative Session, becoming LZL Secretary of State during her time at Boston University, which she attended on a John D. Lopez Fellowship. She graduated cum laude with a degree in economics and international relations in 2011. 

Ocasio-Cortez’s father, Sergio, died of lung cancer in 2008, and as a result she became involved in a long legal battle to settle his estate. She and her mother struggled to keep their home out of foreclosure. She points to this experience, as well as the treatment of her cousin by law enforcement, as a window into the corrupt legal system in America, saying she learned “firsthand how attorneys appointed by the court to administer an estate can enrich themselves at the expense of the families struggling to make sense of the bureaucracy.” She hopes to one day overhaul America’s criminal justice system and address the epidemic of mass incarceration.

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MARIAN ANDERSON

By Tim Sullivan

Today's fierce female is a diva in the purest sense of the word, Marian Anderson.

Growing up singing in her Baptist Church in South Philadelphia, she was turned away when she applied for the Philadelphia Music Academy with a simple "we don't take colored."

After she got her break winning a singing contest for the New York Philharmonic, she began singing concert halls in the US before embarking on a hugely successful European tour. She found European audiences to be far more tolerant and focused on her talent rather than the color of her skin.

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RECY TAYLOR

By listener Tara.

In 1944, in a time when Jim Crow south kept Black people in constant fear of all things white people could do to them, Recy Taylor was raped by a group of white men. She was a young woman, married, and with a baby and all she wanted to do was live her life, love her husband, and raise her daughter, instead, she was violated and, based on Jim Crow "norms", she was expected to remain silent about it. That's not how it went. She spoke out against her attackers and she identified them, something so extremely dangerous that it could have left her, her husband, and her daughter dead. The men who raped her were tried but not found guilty.

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SOPHIE SCHOLL

By Tim Sullivan

Today's fierce female is Sophie Scholl.

Born in Forchtenberg, Germany in 1921, she was an accomplished artist with an interest in philosophy. She became a kindergarten teacher in 1940 at the age of 19. Her father was imprisoned two years later for making an anti-Nazi remark.

With her brother and a number of their friends, Sophie published the White Rose pamphlets, which encouraged passive resistance against the Nazi regime.

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THE AKASHINGA

The Akashinga, which means “the brave ones” in a local dialect, are an all-female armed anti-poaching unit located in the lower Zambezi valley of Zimbabwe. This area used to be a trophy hunting reserve, but now it is being reclaimed to help protect one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. 

Damien Mander founded the Akashinga, and his decision to form an all female team was a no-brainer. 

“Historically, we’d have to recruit rangers from around the country to come in and protect an area like this so they’re not influenced by the people that they grew up with in the local community.

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ELLA BAKER

Born in 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia, Ella Baker became one of the leading figures of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s.

In 1957, Baker helped launch the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), under the presidency of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She ran its Atlanta, office and served as the organization's acting executive director; however, she also clashed with Dr. King and other male leaders of the SCLC, who allegedly were not used to receiving pushback from such a strong-willed woman, before exiting the organization in 1960.

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BARBARA WALTERS

by Tim Sullivan

Today's fierce female is the iconic Barbara Walters.

Born in Boston in 1929, after working as a writer for CBS and Redbook, Barbara joined the Today Show as a researcher, before winding up as the "Today Girl," a fluffy assignment where her highest-profile role was to read the weather. She continued to pitch stories and serious pieces, managing to get a number of them on the air. The show's host, Frank McGee, refused to hold joint interviews with her unless he were allowed to ask the first three questions. When he died in 1974, Barbara replaced him as the first female co-host of the Today Show.


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ANGELA DAVIS

Writer, activist and educator Angela Davis was born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in a middle class neighborhood dubbed "Dynamite Hill," due to many of the African-American homes in the area that were bombed by the Ku Klux Klan. Davis is best known as a radical African-American educator and activist for civil rights and other social issues. She knew all about racial prejudice from her experiences with discrimination growing up in Alabama. As a teenager, Davis organized interracial study groups, which were broken up by the police.

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ELIZABETH FREEMAN AKA MUMBET

Elizabeth Freeman, otherwise known as MumBet, was the first woman to sue the American government for her freedom and WIN. 

Born into slavery in New York around 1744, MumBet was given as a wedding gift to her enslaver’s daughter, Hannah Ashley, and moved to Sheffield, Massachusetts. She remained with the family, giving birth to a daughter, Little Bet, and marrying. Her husband’s name is unknown and it is thought that he lost his life serving in the Revolutionary War. 

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ALICE WALKER

Alice Walker is an American writer whose novels, short stories, and poems are noted for their insightful treatment of African American culture. Her novels, most notably The Color Purple, focus particularly on women.

Walker was the eighth child of African American sharecroppers. While growing up she was accidentally blinded in one eye, and her mother gave her a typewriter, allowing her to write instead of doing chores. She received a scholarship to attend Spelman College, where she studied for two years before transferring to Sarah Lawrence College.

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MICHELLE OBAMA

Neither of Michelle Obama’s parents went to college but she was inspired to go to Princeton after her brother was accepted. Michelle’s high school teachers told her not to set her sights too high, but that did not stop her.. 

The adjustment to college life at Princeton wasn’t easy - a white parent even tried (unsuccessfully) to get her daughter removed from Michelle’s dorm. Michelle said she felt “"like a visitor on campus.”"I remember being shocked," she says, "by college students who drove BMWs. I didn't even know parents who drove BMWs."

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CHARLOTTE BADGER

Today’s Boss Ass Bitch is Charlotte Badger and is taken From Rejected Princesses.com which is super awesome, and you should all check out.

The first European woman to end up in New Zealand never planned it.
It all started with a 1796 theft in Worcestershire, England. Charlotte Badger stole a couple guineas and a silk handkerchief. The British courts, in a very tough-on-crime gesture, declared it a felony. She was going to prison, but not just any prison. She was bound for one that rested a horrifying seven months of seasickness away: the Parramatta Female Factory in New South Wales, Australia.

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BOUDICA

Boudica was a British queen known for leading a rebellion against Roman oppressors. 

Boudica’s husband, Prasutagus was reigning king of the Celtic Iceni tribe in South East England under Roman rule, which imposed slavery and high taxes. When Prasutagus died, his land and possessions were seized by the Romans, who also took the liberty of seizing the land and possessions of other high ranking members of the Iceni tribe. When Boudica could not pay off his debts, they stripped and beat her publicly and raped her daughters.

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BILLIE JEAN KING

Today's fierce female is Billie Jean King.

Taking up tennis at the age of 11 because it was consider a ladylike sport, she made her first Grand Slam appearance at 15. She lost in the first round.

She went on to have one of the most successful careers in the history of tennis, winning a record 20 Wimbledon titles, all four Grand Slam events in 1972, and 129 singles titles. She was the first woman and first tennis player to be named Sports Illustrated's Sports"man" of the Year.

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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE

Georgia O’Keeffe attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then the Art Students League of New York, but she quickly tired of the typical art instruction she was receiving, which focused mostly on creating realistic looking copies of images seen in nature. When she discovered the work of Arthur Wesley Dow, she began exploring a more abstract, expressive style of painting.


In 1915, while teaching at Columbia College in South Carolina, she created a series of abstract charcoal drawings, and is believed to be one the first American artists to practice pure abstraction.

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SONIA GANDHI

This week’s BAB is taken from Feminist E-Zine.com

Sonia Gandhi is the President of the Indian National Congress and leader of the United Progressive Alliance — the ruling party in the lower house of India’s Parliament. Her position in government is one of the highest offices in the world’s second most populous nation (the most populous democratic nation).

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