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Ida B. Wells; 1862-1931; Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites. She was active in the women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several women's organizations. Wells was a skilled and persuasive rhetorician, and traveled internationally on lecture tours.
Women throughout history have cast aside their cumbersome petticoats, crinolines, corsets, and bustles in favour of more practical bifurcated garments. Although we are still navigating the complexity of the body-image standards to which women are being held today, can you imagine being arrested for wearing jeans instead of a skirt? That’s exactly what happened to Dr. …
Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier. She became notorious as the Henry II of France's favourite. Diane de Poitiers would remain Henry's lifelong companion. Henry entrusted Diane with the Crown Jewels of France, had the Château d'Anet built for her, and gave her the Château de Chenonceau. Many of Henry's official letters were signed HenriDiane.
SPY WEEK Famous Polish Spies - Krystyna Skarbek
Krystyna Skarbek Krystyna Skarbek (1 May 1915 – 15 June 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She was a British agent just months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and had been the longest serving of all British women agents during World War II. Skarbek was extremely resourceful and quite persuasive. Because of her influence the SOE…
Dorothea of Brandenburg (1430/1431 –10 November 1495) was the consort of Christopher of Bavaria and Christian I of Denmark. Dorothea was the daughter of John, Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, and Barbara of Saxe-Wittenberg. She was Queen of Denmark (1445–1448 and 1449–1481), Norway (1445–1448 and 1450–1481), and Sweden (1447–1448 and 1457–1464) two times each. She also served as regent in Denmark during the absences of her spouse.
Tart of the Week: Queen Caroline Matilda
Naughty Queen alert! If you are aware of what a prude King George III was, it might shock you to find that his baby sister was, well...not. Caroline grew up as you would a expect a young princess to. She was born in 1751, a few months after her father's premature death. She learned the way to walk, talk, and be the perfect little princess, so it was only a matter of time before she was married off to secure a political alliance. The lucky fellow was the King of Denmark and Norway, Christian…
Women’s History Month 2021
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the
Djamila Bouhired Is An Algerian Militant. Bouhired Is A Nationalist Who Opposed The French Colonial Rule Of Algeria.
March 8 is International Women's Day (US has its equivalent on the 26th of August) which celebrates the struggle for women's rights. Throughout history, many strong women had to rise against the odds and fight for their dreams and passions, equality and solidarity among men. Their bravery contributed to shaping today's world, and has to be remembered.
Antonia Novello, M.D. (b. Aug. 23, 1944 in Puerto Rico) is a physician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Services Commissioned Corps and served as 14th Surgeon General of the US from 1990 to 1993. She is the first woman and first hispanic to serve as Surgeon General. Novello also served as Commissioner of Health for State of New York from 1999 to 2006.