July 20, 2017

Margaret Higgins Sanger (born Margaret Louise Higgins, September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966, also known as Margaret Sanger Slee) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term "birth control", opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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July 19, 2017

Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall (September 6, 1857 – April 12, 1933) was an American archaeologist and anthropologist. Nuttall was born at San Francisco in 1857 to Dr. Robert Kennedy Nuttall and Magdalena Parrott. She specialised in pre-ColumbianMesoamerican manuscripts and the pre-Aztec culture in Mexico. She traced the Mixtec codex now called the Codex Zouche-Nuttall and wrote the introduction to its first facsimile publication.

She was educated in France, Germany, and Italy, and at Bedford College, London. She first came into prominence on the publication of her work on the "Terra Cotta Heads of Teotihuacan" in the American Journal of Archaeology (1886). She was appointed Special Assistant of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard, and was named Honorary Professor of Archaeology at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico.

She was the basis for D.H. Lawrence's character Mrs. Norris in his novel The Plumed Serpent.

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July 18, 2017

Raziya Begum, sultan name, Raziya al-Din (1205 – October 13, 1240), throne name Jalâlat-ud-Dîn Raziyâ, usually referred to in history as Razia Sultan, was the Sultan of Delhi from 10 November 1236 – 14 October 1240. She was famously the only female ever to rule the Delhi Sultanate.

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July 17, 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani (Persian: مریم میرزاخانی‎‎‎; 3 May 1977 – 15 July 2017) was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. Her research topics include Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. On 13 August 2014, Mirzakhani became both the first woman and the first Iranian honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics. The award committee cited her work in "the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces". 


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July 16, 2017

M. Fathima Beevi was the first female judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India (1989) and the first Muslim woman to be appointed to any higher judiciary. On her retirement from the court she served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission and as Governor in Tamil Nadu (1997–2001). 


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July 15, 2017

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902) was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized women's rights and women's suffrage movements in the United States. Stanton was president of the National Woman Suffrage Association from 1892 until 1900. Before Stanton narrowed her political focus almost exclusively to women's rights, she was an active abolitionist with her husband Henry Brewster Stanton (co-founder of the Republican Party) and cousin Gerrit Smith. Unlike many of those involved in the women's rights movement, Stanton addressed various issues pertaining to women beyond voting rights. Her concerns included women's parental and custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights, divorce, the economic health of the family, and birth control. She was also an outspoken supporter of the 19th-century temperance movement. After the American Civil War, Stanton's commitment to female suffrage caused a schism in the women's rights movement when she, together with Susan B. Anthony, declined to support passage of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. She opposed giving added legal protection and voting rights to African American men while women, black and white, were denied those same rights. Her position on this issue, together with her thoughts on organized Christianity and women's issues beyond voting rights, led to the formation of two separate women's rights organizations that were finally rejoined, with Stanton as president of the joint organization, about twenty years after her break from the original women's suffrage movement. Stanton died in 1902, having written both The Woman's Bible and her autobiography Eighty Years and More, and many other articles and pamphlets about female suffrage and women's rights.

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July 14, 2017

Motivated by the desire to reach out and give back to the community, Elsie Ijorogu-Reed sought to empower the indigenous women of Delta State and support their needs and basic human rights, thus forming Delta Women. She took Delta Women into the blogosphere with the present Blogging endeavour. Under Elsie's aegis, the entire Delta Women team comes together from different parts of the world.  Elsie is the Founder and CEO of Delta Women, an NGO based out of Houston, Texas, for women. With campaigns using the Internet and Social Media to focus on global issues challenging women world over, Delta Women has credentials that speak volumes of its work on Women’s rights. She holds a Master’s degree in information systems management, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Among her many IT certificates, she holds the IBM Expert and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer besides also being a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator. She also has 16 years of experience with IT-consulting as a Database Administrator, Project management and now Business intelligence consultancy. Elsie has worked with the FDIC America, the American Federation of teachers, and Accenture.  Armed with an MBA and also several IT certifications, Elsie has worked as an IT consultant for companies like Citibank, American Red Cross, the US Department of Health, Verizon and Alcon/Novadis in USA. besides also Boots and NHS in the UK, TDIC Abu Dhabi and GBM Qatar. Elsie has been instrumental in creating paradigm shifts in Nigerian society - through the opening of the first school in Okoijorogu, the creation of health care and eye care camps for several people in Delta State, and through sexual harassment awareness drives. Elsie has been awarded by several international forums including the United Nations' Volunteering system through her NGO's efforts, for two years in a row, and most recently in Ireland by WOL, for 2013.  Her latest project is giving free online Database Administration training to women and assisting them in finding entry to mid-level IT employment

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July 13, 2017
Eva Ekeblad (née Eva De la Gardie; 10 July 1724 – 15 May 1786) was a Swedish countess who was a salon hostess, agronomist, and scientist. She was widely known for discovering a method in 1746 to make alcohol and flour from potatoes, allowing greater use of scarce grains for food production, significantly reducing Sweden's incidence of famine.

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July 12, 2017

Eva Geiringer Schloss, MBE (born 11 May 1929) is a Holocaust survivor memoirist and stepdaughter of Otto Frank, the father of Margot and Anne Frank. Shortly after the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, the Geiringer family emigrated to Belgium and finally to the Netherlands. In May 1944, the Jewish family was captured by the Nazis, and brought to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camps. Her father and brother did not survive the ordeal, but she and her mother were freed in 1945 by Soviet troops. They returned to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where Eva continued her schooling and then studied art history at the University of Amsterdam. In November 1953, her mother Elfriede (1905–1998) married Otto Frank, father of Anne and Margot Frank, both of whom died in 1945. Schloss speaks of her family's experiences during the Holocaust at educational institutions. For her dedication to this work, Northumbria University in England awarded Schloss an honorary doctorate in 2001.  Eva Schloss is a co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK. James Still described her experiences as a persecuted young Jewish woman in the play And Then They Came for Me – Remembering the World of Anne Frank. Schloss has three daughters and lives in London.

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July 11, 2017

Hanan Daoud Khalil Ashrawi (Arabic: حنان داوود خليل عشراوي ‎‎; born October 8, 1946) is a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar. She was a protégée and later colleague and close friend of Edward Said. Ashrawi was an important leader during the First Intifada, served as the official spokesperson for the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East peace process, and has been elected numerous times to the Palestinian Legislative Council. Ashrawi is a member of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's Third Way party. She is the first woman elected to the Palestinian National Council. Ashrawi serves on the Advisory Board of several international and local organizations including the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the International Human Rights Council. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in literature in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut. Ashrawi also earned a Ph.D. in Medieval and Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia.

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July 10, 2017

Elizabeth Blackwell (3 February 1821 – 31 May 1910) was a British-born physician, notable as the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register. She was the first woman to graduate from medical school, a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine in the United States, and a social and moral reformer in both the United States and in the United Kingdom. Her sister Emily was the third woman in the US to get a medical degree.

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July 9, 2017

oña Manuela Sáenz y Aizpuru (December 27, 1797 – November 23, 1856) was a revolutionary hero of South America who supported the revolutionary cause by gathering information, distributing leaflets, and protesting for women's rights. Manuela received the Order of the Sun ("Caballeresa del Sol" or 'Dame of the Sun'), honoring her services in the revolution.

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July 8, 2017
Amrita Sher-Gil (Punjabi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਾ ਸ਼ੇਰਗਿੱਲ; 30 January 1913 – 5 December 1941) was an eminent Indian painter. She has been called "one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century" and a "pioneer" in modern Indian art. Drawn to painting at a young age, Sher-Gil started getting formal lessons in the art, at the age of eight. Sher-Gil first gained recognition at the age of 19, for her oil painting entitled Young Girls (1932). 
Sher-Gil traveled throughout her life, to countries including Europe, Turkey, France and India, deriving heavily from their art styles and cultures. Sher-Gil is considered an important woman painter of 20th-century India, whose legacy stands on a par with that of the pioneers of Bengal Renaissance. She was also an avid reader and a pianist. Sher-Gil's paintings are among the most expensive by Indian women painters today, although few acknowledged her work when she was alive. 
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July 6, 2017

Mahasweta Devi (14 January 1926 – 28 July 2016) was an Indian Bengali fiction writer and social activist. Her notable literary works include Hajar Churashir Maa, Rudali, and Aranyer Adhikar. She worked for the rights and empowerment of the tribal people (Lodha and Shabar) of West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states of India. She was honoured with various literary awards such as the Sahitya Akademi Award (in Bengali), Jnanpith Award and Ramon Magsaysay Award along with India's civilian awards Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan


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July 5, 2017

Laskarina Bouboulina (11 May 1771 – 22 May 1825) was a Greek[  naval commander, heroine of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, and an Admiral of the Imperial Russian Navy.

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July 4, 2017
Lalla Fadhma n'Soumer or Lalla Fatma n'Soumer, Lalla Faḍma n Sumer in Kabyle (c.1830 – c. 1863) was an important figure of the Algerian resistance movement during the first years of the Frenchcolonial conquest of Algeria. She was seen as the embodiment of the struggle. Lalla, the female equivalent of sidi, is an honorific reserved for women of high rank, or who are venerated as saints. Fadhma is the Berber spelling of the Arabic name Fatima, which is colloquially pronounced Fatma in most Arabic dialects as well as Berber.

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July 3, 2017

Vaishnavi Sundar is an independent film maker, actor, screenwriter and activist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu who has worked in theatre and documentary filmmaking. She is known for her work in the field of cinema and activism involving an interplay of feminism and filmmaking. Her films Pava, The Catalyst and Unearthing The Treasures of Ariyalur have been screened in several Indian and international festivals. She is the founder of Women Making Films, which is known for its effort to break the glass ceiling within the fraternity of domestic and world cinema. She has written, directed, and produced all her films under her own production company, Lime Soda Films.

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July 2, 2017

Alicia Appleman-Jurman (May 9, 1930 – April 8, 2017),[2] also known as Alicia Ada Appleman, was a Polish-born Israeli–American memoirist, born in Rosulna, Poland (present-day Rosilna, Ukraine), who has written and spoken about her experiences of the Holocaust in her autobiography, Alicia: My Story.

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