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Shirley Sherrod says Kiss My Non-Racist BeeHind

So on the day she was “fired” (asked to resign by USDA Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook after a series of phone calls telling her to pull over and write her resignation on her Blackberry

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I Wish I Could Follow my own Convictions

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) is one of my favorite subjects because she was a paradox in the truest form – ‘practice what I preach, not what I do.’ She was the second of six children born in London. Her father was a violent drunk. Her mother was reportedly so submissive, Mary took on the stronger maternal […]

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15 Minutes of Fame in 15 Months

Annie Londonderry, that she made a wager of $5000 that she would bike around the world in 15 months.

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The Sad Truth about Sacagawea

The truth about Sacagawea is instead the story of a young teenager, forced into slavery and marriage at just 13 by a Canadian trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, who purchased her from the Hidatsa tribe after she was kidnapped along with four other girls a year earlier from the Shoshone tribe where her father was chief.

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WHEN WOMEN MEANT IT: Killed by the King’s Horse for Women’s Rights

At one time or another, many of us have had a friend like Emily Wilding Davison.

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Seneca Falls Convention’s 11 Resolutions

Seneca Falls 11 Resolutions at written by Stanton.  #9, asking for women’s suffrage challenged even Mott, “Why, Lizzie, thee will make us ridiculous.” Stanton refused to submit. “But I persisted, for I saw clearly that the power to make the laws was the right through which all other rights could be secured.” Former slave Frederick […]

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"Unbought and Unbossed" – The Story of Shirley Chisholm

She hired only women in her congressional office, 50% were white. She once said, “Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.” In 1972, she became the first women to run for the Democratic presidential nomination against George McGovern. She had a diverse base, but knew she would most likely lose. She didn’t do it to win the presidential election. “Chisholm said she ran for the office “in spite of hopeless odds… to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.”‘

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On this MLK Day, Remember to Honor His Mother

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”

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Google Doodle: Shakuntala Devi

What you haven’t heard about the remarkable Shakuntala Devi is about her marriage to Paritosh Banerji, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service in the 1960s that ended in divorce in 1979.

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FROM THE VAULT: “Ain’t I a Woman?”

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?

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Madame Curie Treated like a floozie, not a brilliant scientist

In 1903, Madame Curie was honored with her first Nobel Prize in Physics, shared by her husband Pierre and French Physicist Henri Becquerel, “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel.”

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Susan B. Anthony Commits a Federal Crime and Votes

Anthony (L) and Stanton (R)

“If you refuse us our rights as citizens, I will bring charges against you in Criminal Court and I will sue each of you personally for large, exemplary damages!I know I can win. I have Judge Selden as a lawyer.

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The Mysterious Life of Isabelle Eberhardt

“I am not afraid of death, but would not want to die in some obscure or pointless way.” – Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), some have labeled her a “cross-dresser”, but according to her diaries, she dressed as a man in order to be “free.”

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First Woman U.S. Mayor – With a Little Help from Her Girlfriends!

The men thought they would show the women who was really in power and just hours before election day, submitted a similar WCTU slate with one exception – Dora Salter was nominated as Mayor.

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Victoria Woodhull: First Woman to Run for U.S. President

She was not only the first woman to run for U.S. President, she and her sister were the first female stockbrokers on Wall Street and she was the first woman to address a congressional committee.

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