Inspiring Women

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Edith Cavell
Edith Cavell was a British nurse during World War 2. She is well know for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides and for helping some Allied soldiers escape from German concentration camps during the First World War, because of this she was arrested.
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Gwendolyn Brooks
Brooks was an American poet during in the 1900's. One of her most famous works is A Sunset of the City. She is best known by receiving the Pulitzer Prize — the first African American so honored — for Annie Allen in 1950. At age 68 Brooks was the first black woman appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
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Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe was an American artist back during the mid 1900's. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers. She was also known for painting blind due to losing her eyesight because of muscular degernation. One of her most fampus paintings is Jimson Weed made in 1936.
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Irena Sendler
Irena was a Polish humanitarian in the 1900's. She is most known for saving thousands of Jewish children during WW2. She also worked as a nurse during the war! How amazing and brave!
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Maria Montessori
Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy.
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Hedy Lamarr
Often called “The Most Beautiful Woman in Film,” Hedy Lamarr’s beauty and screen presence made her one of the most popular actresses of her day. She was part of 30 films in an acting career spanning 28 years. She also discovered a type of WiFi. Quote from hedylamarr.com
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Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor was an actress and a businesswoman. She starred in movies such as Cleopatra and Giant! She was also the first celbrity to start a business funding towards HIV/AIDS. Go check out the official Elizabeth Taylor website to learn more about her!
Bessie Coleman was an civil war aviator. She was the first African-American woman and first Native-American to hold a pilot license. Coleman had to fight in a war being the first woman at the wheel. How admirable!! Black, Woman In History, Bessie Coleman, Famous Black
Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman was an civil war aviator. She was the first African-American woman and first Native-American to hold a pilot license. Coleman had to fight in a war being the first woman at the wheel. How admirable!!
there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf was an English writer and is actually considered one of the most important modern 20th century authors. Some of her books are To the Lighthouse and Orlando: A Biography. Considering she was so inspiring during a time wherw women didn't have equal rights it is no question why she is om our list.
Within the United States, Sophie Magdalena Scholl is not the best-known resistance fighter, but her story is a powerful one. She was a key member of the White Rose—a resistance group run by students who distributed leaflets and used graffiti to decry Nazi crimes and the political system, while calling for resistance to the Nazi state and the war. Though her story is not as well known as it should be her story of resistence and bravery is truly inspiring. (paragraph from nationalww2museum.org) Sophie Scholl, Hope Photos, German Girls, German People, Historical Women, Great Women, Inspirational People, White Rose
Sophie Scholl
Within the United States, Sophie Magdalena Scholl is not the best-known resistance fighter, but her story is a powerful one. She was a key member of the White Rose—a resistance group run by students who distributed leaflets and used graffiti to decry Nazi crimes and the political system, while calling for resistance to the Nazi state and the war. Though her story is not as well known as it should be her story of resistence and bravery is truly inspiring. (paragraph from nationalww2museum.org)
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Frida Kahlo
Artist Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico's greatest artists who began painting mostly self-portraits after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Today she is still one of the most inspiring and iconic women. www.biography.com
Chief Inspector Lilian Wyles was the very first woman to serve as a fully attested, ranking officer in the C.I.D., having already been among the very first women to serve in the "Women Police" instituted in the years just after the first World War. Thank you for your service! (Passage from www.ric.edu) Lady Police, Female Officer, Female Heroes, Female Police Officers, Hidden History, Police Patrol, Scotland Yard, Finishing School, Human Dignity
Lilian Wyles
Chief Inspector Lilian Wyles was the very first woman to serve as a fully attested, ranking officer in the C.I.D., having already been among the very first women to serve in the "Women Police" instituted in the years just after the first World War. Thank you for your service! (Passage from www.ric.edu)
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Jane Adams
Jane Adams is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the original production of I Hate Hamlet in 1991, and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 1994 revival of An Inspector Calls. She co-founded the first national women's labor union and two major civil rights groups. She also lobbied for an eight-hour workday and an end to child labor. (passage from voanews.com and wikipedia)
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Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn is a famous singer, songwriter and entertainer. One of her most recognizable songs is Forget Me Not. Her performances were popular during Workd War 2. Unfortunately, she passed this year at 103.