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Rosie the Riveter

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Rosie the Riveter.
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Rosie the Riveter.

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Rosenstrasse Monument, Berlin, Germany

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The Rosenstrasse Monument in Berlin, Germany, where women protested in response to the Nazi government taking Jewish factory workers to a Rosenstrasse internment camp.
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The Rosenstrasse Monument in Berlin, Germany, where women protested in response to the Nazi government taking Jewish factory workers to a Rosenstrasse internment camp.

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Naomi Weisstein, 1939 - 2015

“Papa don’t lay that shit on me, I ain’t your groovy chick.
Papa don’t lay that shit on me, it’s just about to make me sick.”

—Naomi Weisstein in the Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band

Naomi Weisstein was a fierce warrior for justice. She was a passionate disrupter of the existing order. She was a brilliant scientist. She was a fighter for women’s liberation. She was hysterically funny. She had biting insights. She was my beloved friend.

Melissa Gilbert

After a highly successful decade as the lead on Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert defied the odds for child actors by becoming a Hollywood power-broker as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001–2005.

Ruth Ben Israel

A renowned expert in Israeli labor law, Ruth Ben Israel drafted the legislation for Israel’s minimum wage and equal opportunity laws.

Ruth Ben Israel, 2014

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Ruth Ben Israel, expert in labor law, photographed in 2014.
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Ruth Ben Israel, expert in labor law, photographed in 2014.

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Rose Finkelstein

A lifelong labor activist, Rose Finkelstein organized pay raises and better hours for women workers throughout New England.

Angelica Balabanoff

Rebelling against her privileged upbringing, Angelica Balabanoff embraced socialism and rose to become one of the most celebrated activists and politicians of her day.

Angelica Balabanoff with David Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv, 1962

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Angelica Balabanoff with David Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv, 1962.

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Angelica Balabanoff with David Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv, 1962.

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Anna Strunsky Walling

When told she was too young to be a socialist, Anna Strunsky Walling claimed that she’d been born with her passion for socialism as much as she’d been born with her talent for writing.

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