Masiela Lusha (b. 1985) is an Albanian-American
actress and humanitarian. She has also written five books of poetry and a
recognized as one of Top Ten Talented Poets of North America when she was just
a child. Today, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Assembly of Youth,
an advocate for UN Women, and the founder of the Children of the World
Estela de Carlotto (b. 1930) is a human rights
activist from Argentina. She is the president of the association of
Grandmothers of Plaza del Mayo, whose goal is to find the children stolen
during the Argentine dictatorship.
Laura, was kidnapped in 1977 while three months pregnant. De Carlotto later
traced the child and was reunited with him in 2014. Through her work with the
association, she helped countless other family find their relatives, and received
numerous awards in recognition.
Nellie McClung (1873-1951)
was a political activist and suffragist from Canada. She was part of “The
Famous Five”, the group of women who led the effort to recognize women as
persons in their country.
She began campaigning for women’s suffrage in
the 1910s, and helped organise the Women’s Political Equality League. Other
causes that she championed were property rights for married women, factory
safety reforms and medical care for school children. She was the founder of the
Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada – the largest adult education movement
in the country.
Patricia Ireland (b.
1945) was the president of the National Organization for Women for a decade,
1991-2001. She is also an attorney and an administrator.
During her time working as a flight attendant
for Pan Am, she noticed the discrepancies in the treatment of men and women
regarding insurance coverage, and brought a formal complaint. The US Department
of Labor ruled in her favour, marking an important victory for equal rights.
She is a strong advocate for the rights of women, African-Americans and the
Camilla Williams (1919-2012) was a soprano
who paved the way for African-American musicians in opera. She was the first
African American to receive a contract from a major opera company in the United
States, and the first to sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera.
She was born
in a poor family, but went to study music education at Virginia State
University. She received numerous awards for her performances, and made her debut
with the New York City Opera in 1946. She was appointed Professor of Voice at
Indiana University in 1977, the first African American in the position.
Geneviève Thiroux (1720-1805) was an 18th-century
chemist, novelist and translator from France. She was the author of an
important study on the chemical process of putrefaction.
highly educated in both humanities and sciences, and published numerous French
translations of novels and scientific treaties alike. She published her Essay on the History of Putrefaction in
1766 as the result of over 300 experiments she conducted herself.
Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891) was a writer and activist for Native American rights. She was a Northern Paiute born in an indigenous community in Nevada.
She went to school in California, and later went on tour throughout the United States to talk about the plight of Native Americans and advocate for their rights. She served in the US forces as a guide, interpreter, and teacher for imprisoned Native Americans. Her 1883 book, Life Among the Paiutes, is considered the first autobiography written by a Native American woman.
Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was an English explorer and naturalist. She was the first woman elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Her first trip was to the United States, after which she travelled to Australia and throughout Asia, travels which inspired a number of informative books. By the end of her life, she had become famous worldwide and was being received by foreign diplomats.
Jennell Jaquays (b. 1956) is an artist and designer of video games and table-top RPGs. She has worked on immensely popular games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Age of Empires and Quake.
She contributed artwork for many beloved games, and designed arcade conversions for others, such as Pac-Man or Donkey Kong. She is a trans woman and the creative director of the Transgender Human Rights in Seattle. Her activism efforts led to the banning of conversion therapy for minors in the United States.