Women are smart and resourceful too why do cultures keep acting like women don't matter? that's so sad...I'm proud of these two in particular. Asian countries have a high female abandonment and many (not all) Muslims aren't very tolerant of women knowing much beyond babymaking...Way to bust the oppression!
Dr Catherine Hamlin is an Australian surgeon and practitioner who opened the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in 1974. She has treated more than 35,000 women suffering from obstetric fistula, which can occur during severe or failed childbirth. Dr. Hamlin celebrated her 90th birthday this year. She says she will not eliminate fistulas in Ethiopia in her lifetime, but hopes it will happen in the next generation.
Before she died at age 108, Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer still practiced piano for 3 hours every day. At age 104, a book was published about her life: "A Garden Of Eden In Hell." At age 83, she had cancer. Alice survived the concentration camps through her music, her optimism and her gratitude for the small things that came her way - a smile, a kind word, the sun. When asked about the secret of her longevity, Alice says: "I look where it is good." - Watch the video.. this lady is lov...
Pearl Buck (1892-1973), writer, civil rights activist, winner 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born Hillsboro, West Virginia to missionary parents. Taken to China at 3 months old. Graduated Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1914. Masters from Cornell University in 1925. In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Buck established Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, the astronomer who discovered what the sun was made of [in her PhD thesis!] was disbelieved by reviewers. Years later, Henry Norris Russell read, repeated, and was credited for her discovery. Considering the magnitude of her impact on astrophysics, it is strange that so few people know her name. Kash Farooq, from the Pod Delusion, lays out what a very strange thing this is, and wonders why there isn't a space telescope named after her. Click through.
A lady as deadly as she was foxy, Lyudmila Pavlichenko killed 309 enemy soldiers for the Red Army during World War II, making her the most successful female sniper of all time. Upon voluntarily enlisting in the army, she declined to join as a nurse and instead requested to enlist as infantry, where despite being wounded in combat she eventually rose to the rank of Major. She was honored as a Hero of the Soviet Union and also received as a hero in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United St...
While working with the then Indian Health Service from 1929 to1931, Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail helped to bring modern health care to her own people and to end abuses in the Indian health care system, such as the sterilization of Native American women without their consent. She effectively communicated Native American culture and perspectives to non-Indians throughout the country then as well as throughout her public service career.(1903-1981)
Harriet Tubman, slave, abolitionist, spy and 1st woman to lead an armed expedition during war. Born into slavery, she was beaten, 'hired out' and suffered seizures from being hit by a heavy weight. After escaping, she later made ~19 trips to rescue a total of over 300 slaves, sometimes using the Underground Railroad. Called 'Black Moses', she carried a gun and threatened to shoot any slave who would turn back. She was a Union spy during the Civil War and struggled for women's suffrage.
On Sept. 24, 1944, 1st Lt. Mary Louise Hawkins was evacuating 24 patients from the fighting at Palau to Guadalcanal when the C-47 ran low on fuel. The pilot made a forced landing in a small clearing on Bellona Island. During the landing, a piece of metal severed the trachea of one patient. Hawkins kept the man's throat clear of blood with makeshift tubing until aid arrived 19 hours later. All of her patients survived. Hawkins received the Distinguished Flying Cross for her bravery.
An incredible woman: Starting in October 1943, Marianne Cohen smuggled groups of youngsters to Switzerland until she was arrested in May 1944, with a group of 28 children. The Jewish members of the underground planned to rescue her but she refused, lest her escape result in tragic consequences for the children.
"Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it." Ashley Judd, feminist hero, badass.