'I’ve asked myself again and again whether it wouldn’t have been better if we hadn’t gone into hiding, if we were dead now and didn’t have to go through this misery, especially so that the others could be spared the burden. But we all shrink from this thought. We still love life, we haven’t yet forgotten the voice of nature, and we keep hoping, hoping for…everything.' - Anne Frank at age 11, 1941
Louise Cromwell Brooks (1890-1965) was an American socialite considered to be Washington's most beautiful young woman. She is shown here in 1911 at the age of 21 . She was married to General Douglas MacArthur from 1922-1929.
Although the woman known as “Miss Sanderson” was a prominent fencer & self defence instructor in Edwardian London, regrettably little is known of her life – including her first name. Miss Sanderson became Pierre Vigny’s assistant instructor when he opened his own school in Berner’s Street during 1903. By 1908 she was teaching her own unique system of women’s self defence, based on Vigny’s method but concentrating on the use of the umbrella and parasol.
1908 - Nell Brinkley, American illustrator and comic artist, who was sometimes referred to as the "Queen of Comics" during her nearly four-decade career with NYC papers and magazines. Her drawings were among the first to link young, attractive women with the concept of suffrage. The Brinkley Girl was generally a young working woman, often seen wearing lacy dresses with her hair in curls, engaged in activities that were relatively independent, giving her work a feminist slant.
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.
During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies.