Janet Mock (b. 1983) is a
transgender rights activist. She is the author of the bestselling Redefining Realness, a memoir that casts
light on her experience as a trans woman of colour in the United States.
Born in Honolulu, she transitioned from male to
female at a young age, and later said about the experience: “My genital reconstructive surgery did not make
me a girl. I was always a girl.” She worked as a writer and TV producer for multiple
major companies. Her activism was recognised with numerous awards and
The Japanese Government is being urged to end a rule requiring transgender people to undergo sterilisation to legally change gender.
People who seek to alter their legal sex must appeal to a family court under legislation entitled Law 111.
Although the law affords some rights to transgender people and was hailed as step towards equality for LGBT people when it was introduced in 2003, it imposes a series of restrictions on those seeking legal recognition.
Holloway Marston (1893-1993) was a psychologist and the developer of
the systolic blood-pressure test used to detect deception. This was the
predecessor of the polygraph test.
She is also assumed to be the inspiration for Wonder Woman, a character
created by her husband, William Moulton Marston. She has also contributed to
the development of the character.
Pietilä (1917-2009) was one of the most important graphic artists in Finland. She
collaborated with her partner, Tove Jansson (pictured) on numerous projects,
most famously the Moomins.
In addition to her work as an artist, she was a teacher at the Academy of
Fine Arts in Helsinki. She was awarded the Pro Finlandia medal in 1963.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) is considered one of the finest poets
of the 20th century. She was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
in 1956, and the National Book Award in 1970, among other honors.
She travelled widely, and was influenced by Latin American
literature. Some of her best-known works are gathered in volumes such as North & South and Questions of Travel. She also served as
a Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.