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.
Betty Campbell (1934-2017) was the first black head teacher in
Wales. She held this position at the Mount Stuart Primary School in Cardiff.
Born in a
low-income, working-class family, she nevertheless won a scholarship at the Lady
Margaret High School for Girls, which paved her way towards a teaching career.
She was a member of the Commission for Racial Equality and was awarded an MBE
for her services to education.
Domna Samiou (1928-2012) was a Greek folk musician and
researcher. She not only performed traditional Greek music, but collected and
recorded it for over 50 years.
in the folk section of the National Radio Foundation and started her musical
career in the early 1970s. A foundation was established in her name in 1981,
aiming to preserve and promote the traditional music of Greece.
Emily Davison (1871-1913) was an English sufragette and member
of the Women’s Social and Political Union. She was famously and tragically
killed when she tried to pin a “Votes for Women” banner on the king’s horse during the 1913 Derby and
was trampled as a result.
she studied at Oxford, she was not awarded a degree on account of her gender.
She was known in the WSPU for her militant tactics, which led to arrests and
time spent in prison.
Carol Kidu (b. 1948) is a politician from Papua New Guinea.
She was the only female Member of Parliament for two mandates, between 2002 and
the position of Leader of the Opposition, the first woman to do so. Among her
recognitions and awards were the Order of the British Empire, the French Légion
d’honneur (the first citizen of Papua New Guinea to receive this honour) and
the PNG International Woman of Courage Award.
Naziha al-Dulaimi (1923-2007) was a pioneering Iraqi feminist. She was
the first female minister in the modern history of Iraq, and the first female
cabinet minister in the Arab world.
at the Royal College of Medicine in Baghdad as one of very few female students.
She founded the Iraqi Women’s League and became its first president in 1952,
fighting not only for the rights of women in the country, but for national
liberation and world peace.
Janice Voss (1956-2012) was a NASA astronaut and engineer. She
jointly held the record for most space flights by an American woman, with five
over seven years.
She flew as a
mission specialist on space shuttles Endeavour, Columbia and Discovery. She
worked for Orbital Sciences Corporation, as well as Science Director at NASA’s Kepler Space Observatory.