She was born in Iran in 1935 and dared to make choices for her life that didn't align with societal views. She died in an accident at only 32, but she left behind vivid poetry and barrier-breaking films.
She was born in Canada in 1831. She became the first female principal and first woman to practice medicine in Ontario. She worked through her life for women's suffrage and equality. When women are educated, their daughters are more likely to be educated as evidenced here by her daughter Ann being the first woman to graduate from a medical school in Canada.
Fannie Lou Hamer*
She endured beatings in the fight for civil rights and forced sterilization but still founded brilliant initiatives like the pig bank and Freedom Farm Cooperative helping others to make a living for themselves. When we #investinwomen , they invest in the community.
She was born in 1907 in Russia and trained in law, she worked as a public defender and defender against human rights violations despite harassment and threat from the KGB.
Elena Arizmendi Mejía
She was a Mexican-born woman who founded feminist publications for Spanish and Latin women and founded the Neutral White Cross to take care of ALL wounded during the Mexican Revolution.
She went to work in 1895 at the age of 13, but by the time she was 24, she was serving as the VP of the NY Women's Trade Union Leage. A few years later, she was president of the National Women's Union League. Rose was known as a passionate orator even by those who disagreed with her, and she used those skills to advocate for workers' rights and to organize the rescue and resettlement of Jewish people before and during WWII. She was the only woman given a seat on Roosevelt's National Recovery Labor Board where as a friend and an advisor, she was able to shape US Labor Law into what we know it as today.
She was born in 1882 and described by Einstein and others as the most important female mathmetician of the time, she was forced to work for free until 1919 due to restrictions against females in professorships. Her theorems are still regarded as some of the most important work in math and physics laying the foundation for modern physics. She continued to lecture although she was Jewish through the rise of Nazism until earning a position at Bryn Mawr helping her to escape Nazi Germany only to succomb to ovarian tumors at the age of 53 in 1935.
Mathilde Franziska Anneke
Born in 1917 and married at the age of 19 to an abusive man to pay off her family's debts, she divorced within a year and fled. She used the education she had received to found her own newspaper for German women in the US. She worked to end slavery and to work towards voting rights for women.
She was born in 1815 just after the American and French revolutions, but she was the creator of the first computer program. She became a mathematician after her mother, but she brought her father's poetry into the field and a new way of seeing the subject.
When she survived polio as a child, she was told she'd never walk. Instead of allowing others to write her future, this #notsoquiet woman chose her own path- learning to hop at age 6, removing the leg braces in elementary school, and playing basketball and and track & field events in high school. She went on to become the first US woman to win 3 golds at the same Olympic games and broke many records. She refused to attend her own celebration unless it was integrated using her new fame as a way of lifting others and bringing awareness to racism. She spent her life working with youth in sports. When you #investinwomen, they invest in the community.
Relationships are hard enough without the government passing laws outlawing them. When Mildred was 18 in 1958, she became pregnant and married her longtime sweetheat in DC, but when they returned to VA, they were arrested for living together despite being of different races. They were sentenced to a year in prison unless they agreed to leave VA. She left for DC, but she didn't stay quiet. She wrote to the US Attorney General and sued the Commonwealth of VA with the help of the ACLU. Her efforts paved the way to strike down laws against interracial relationships and eventually led to the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Anna Julia Cooper
She was born into slavery in North Carolina just before the start of the Civil War. She was married at 19 achieving the only thing expected of a woman of her time, but widowed at 21. She pursued education and earned a masters degree in Mathematics. She taught in segrated schools and was criticized for trying to prepare her students for college. Instead of backing down, she lectured around the world on the importance of education for African Americans and women.
She was the first woman elected to Congress - 4 years before women had the right to vote. After earning degrees in Biology then Social Work, she traveled the country as a field secretary for the NAWSA. She was #notsoquiet when she became the first woman to address the Montana legislature in 1911 on women's suffrage. What started as a hoax, swayed the members when they heard her appeal. She worked for children's welfare, workers' rights, peace, and national women's suffrage. In 1917, she said: “I may be the first woman member of Congress,” Rankin observed in 1917. “But I won’t be the last,” and how right she was. When she served her 2nd term duirng WWII, she was among 6. She voted against joining WWII despite threats to uphold her promise to the people who elected her. After choosing not to run again, she used to following she had built to bring awareness to the US exploiting developing countries.