Odette Hallowes (1912-1995) was an
investigation officer for the Allied forces during World War II. She worked
with the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation, and was subject to
terrible torture and treatment by the Gestapo for her activities.
She survived the war,
and became the only woman to both receive the George Cross and be appointed a
Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. In 1955, she co-founded the Women of the Year
Lunch, a charitable event in honour of women achievers that still goes on