Anna Lindh (1957-2003)
was a Swedish politician, a member of the Social Democratic Party. She served
as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Environment.
She served as chairman of the Council of
the European Union in 2001, averting a civil war between Kosovo and Macedonia.
She was a vocal supporter of Sweden joining the Eurozone, and was campaigning
for it at the time of her murder in 2003. A year later, the Anna Lindh Prize
was established to honour a person or an institution fighting for human rights.
Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. 1937) is a lawyer and politician. She is a non-voting Delegate
to the US House of Representatives, as well as a devoted civil rights activist.
She studied law at Yale, and later worked
as the assistant legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1977
she became the first female Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
and in 1990 she co-founded the African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom
MacDonald (1926-2015) was a Canadian politician,
and the first female foreign minister in the country. She was also known for
her humanitarian work.
She was a member of the Progressive Conservative
Party and was one of the first women to campaign for the leadership of a major
Canadian party. During her time as foreign minister, she had to deal with a
Vietnamese refugee crisis during which time she allowed more than 60,000
refugees to settle in Canada.
Young (b. 1951) is a British actress and Crossbench
peer in the House of Lords. She is also an important figure in the arts and
culture community in the United Kingdom.
She first taught at the Polytechnic of West
London, and later became Professor of cultural studies at Middlesex University.
She was also Project director of the Archives and Museum of Black Heritage and
head of culture at the Greater London Authority. She was made an Officer of the
Order of the British Empire in 2001, for her services to British Black History.
Robinson (b. 1944) was the president of Ireland
between 1990 and 1997. She was the first woman to hold this position, and is
regarded as an important figure in the liberalisation of the country.
She resigned from the presidency in order to
become UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and was active in numerous other
organisations such as the European Climate Foundation or the World Justice
Project. She later became the first female Chancellor of the University of
Fleeson (1901-1970, pictured with Eleanor
Roosevelt) was an American journalist. She was the first woman to have a
nationally syndicated political column in the United States.
She studied economics at the University of
Kansas, after which she started working for the Pittsburg Sun. She was a war correspondent during World War II,
reporting from France and Italy. By 1960, her political column ran in around
Olander (1861-1943) was a Swedish teacher and
politician. She was also a strong proponent of women’s suffrage in her country.
She worked as a teacher in several Swedish
cities and also served as the chairperson of the Falun branch of the National
Association for Women’s Suffrage. She was a board member of the public
libraries in the same city, and in 1910 was elected as one of its first female
councillors. She is also known for her close friendship with the writer Selma
Debbie Stabenow (b. 1950) is a US senator for the state of
Michigan, a member of the Democratic Party. She became the first female senator
in the state when she was first elected in 2000.
She is seen
as one of the most liberal senators, advocating for causes such as immigrant
rights, gun regulation and the legalisation of cannabis. In 2016, she managed
to secure $100 million for repairing Flint’s water lines. Throughout her years
in office, she helped open ten community health centres in Detroit.
Isaacs (1900-1997) was a tennis player, teacher, and
women’s rights activist from the Bahamas. She was the second Bahamian woman elected
as Senator in her country, and the first to be awarded the title of Dame Commander
of the Order of the British Empire.
She was a founding member of the
Progressive Liberal Party and a strong supporter of women’s suffrage. Bahamian
women were allowed to vote in 1962, and she became Senator in 1969.