Martha Chen (b. 1956) is a social worker and scholar who
has devoted much of her career to the aid of the working poor in South Asia.
She has been a representative of Oxfam in India and Bangladesh for 15 years.

She currently teaches
Public Policy at Harvard University. Her academic work has focused on issues of
gender, poverty and employment, especially in India. She has received a number
of awards for her work, including the Padma Shri from the Indian government.

Thelma Chalifoux (1929-2017) was a Canadian teacher and politician. She
served as a senator for Alberta from 1997, when she became the first Métis
woman on the Canadian Senate.

From a young age, she established a
centre to help women who struggled with alcoholism and abuse, and advocated for
the promotion of Métis culture. She was the first woman to receive the National
Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1994.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) was an author of children’s books, best
known for her Little House on the Prairie series. The popular books
dealt with life in a settler and pioneer family.

In
addition to her writing, she also had a career as a teacher, started at the age
of 16. She had a weekly column in the Missouri Ruralist newspaper, where
she talked about farm life and the increasing opportunities of a woman at the
time.

Angela Bowen (1936-2018) was a dancer and teacher, as well
as a prominent LGBT activist. She served on the board of the National Coalition
of Black Lesbians and Gays.

She started dancing at
the age of 14 and later co-founded the Bowen/Peters School of Dance in New
Haven, Connecticut. She came out as lesbian late in life, but always spoke out
against homophobia, racism and sexism. She is the subject of the 2016 documentary The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen.

Loretta Tofani (b. 1953) is a journalist who, in 1983, won the Pulitzer Prize for
Investigative Reporting. She received this honour for her series of articles
investigating gang rapes in a Maryland jail.

She
got a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California,
Berkeley, and went on to work for The Washington Post, where she wrote
her award-winning articles. The investigation led to a change in the prison’s
policy in order to prevent rape among prisoners. In 2007, she uncovered the plight
of millions of Chinese workers making products destined for the United States.

Constance Markievicz (1868-1927) was an Irish politician who, in 1918,
became the first woman elected to the Westminster Parliament as a
representative of Dublin, though she did not take her seat.

She was a proponent of Irish
independence and a campaigner for female suffrage. As Minister of Labour in Ireland,
she was the first female minister in Europe and one of the first in the world.

Helen Stephens (1918-1994) was an athlete competing in several disciplines such as shot
put, discus throw and 100 m. She won two gold medals in the Berlin Olympic Games
in 1936.

She
won the 100 m event at the age of 18, beating the world champion and setting a
time lower than the world record; however, the new record was not registered
because of a strong tailwind. After retiring from athletics, she became the
first woman to own and manage a semi-professional basketball team.

Hannah More (1745-1833) was a notable English author and philanthropist during the 18th
and early 19th century. She was a leading member of the Blue
Stockings Society, an organisation of intellectual women of the time.

She
was well known in English society for her plays and poetry, as well as for her
anti-slavery activism. She was responsible for founding twelve schools in poor
areas of England and donating the money that helped establish Kenyon College in
the United States.

Albina Girfanova (1957-2018) was a Russian anthropologist and linguist working for the
Russian Academy of Sciences. She undertook important research into several
Tungusic and Balkan languages.

She
studied at the Saint Petersburg State University and became an expert in
several languages, including Albanian, Turkish and Greek. Her studies focused
on the Tungusic people, language and culture, native of Siberia.