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Aung San Suu Kyi

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Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Tikvah Alper

Radiobiologist Tikvah Alper, who spent a lifetime questioning accepted theories and the established order, discovered that diseases like scrapie and mad cow replicated without DNA.

Still She Rose

It’s hard to rise above the fray. To disregard all of the weight attached to us, to be free. There are many aspects of life that will try to ground us, to clip our wings and to take away our voices, but it is the voices that demand to be heard that guide us. Maya Angelou had one of those voices. In all aspects, she was a whirlwind force to be reckoned with. She excelled as a poet, author, singer, dancer, professor, screenwriter, actress, advocate, and avid feminist.

Edith Rosewald Stern

Edith Rosenwald Stern didn’t just commit herself to civil rights causes, she encouraged others to contribute by creating challenge grants to match donations.

Virginia Snitow

Ahead of her time in the fight for both civil rights and women’s rights, Virginia Snitow was unafraid to take unpopular stances when fighting for others.

Death of Seattle Artist and Activist Selma Waldman

April 17, 2008
“I am an artist . . . enamored of charcoal (the tool that does not lie) and the act of drawing." - Selma Waldman

Getting Girls Educated

Western feminists have a habit of writing about and advocating for “first world” issues: body image, television and gaming tropes, the wage gap, you name it. It’s logical to be most concerned with the society in which you live and on which you have the most influence, and there’s nothing wrong with this reality. 

Malala Yousafzai, July 22, 2014

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Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit on July 22, 2014.
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Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit on July 22, 2014.

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Elizabeth Holtzman

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Lawyer and politician Elizabeth Holtzman.

Courtesy of The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Lawyer and politician Elizabeth Holtzman.

Courtesy of The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Libby Holman, July 9, 1932

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Libby Holman, July 9, 1932.
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Libby Holman, July 9, 1932.


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