Saturday, March 28, 2009

VOANews: 10 Women Activists

Nellie Bly, 1864-1922: Newspaper Reporter Used Unusual Methods to Investigate and Write About Illegal Activities in New York City
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: For one story, she became a patient in a mental hospital. For another, she pretended to be a mother willing to sell her baby. 25 August 2007
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*Just added* Kay Yow, Betty Jameson: They Changed the World of Sports for Women
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: They were great athletes in basketball and golf, and they started sports organizations for women. Today we tell about two women who helped change the world of sports: golfer Betty Jameson and basketball coach Kay Yow. 28 March 2009
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Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926: She Dared to Dream and Became the First African American Female Pilot
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: She resisted society's restrictions against blacks and women. She believed that the air is the only place where everyone is free. 17 October 2008
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Shirley Chisholm, 1924-2005: The First Black Woman Elected to the U.S. Congress
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: She was an activist who worked to improve the lives of others. She was also the first woman and the first black person to run for president of the U.S. 01 March 2008
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Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910: The Anti-Slavery Activist Wrote One of the Great Civil War Songs On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" caught the spirit of The Union soldiers of the North. 12 January 2008
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Wilma Rudolph, 1940-1994: 'The Fastest Woman in the World'
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: She was the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics. She also was a strong supporter of the American civil rights movement. 20 October 2007
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Mary Lyon, 1797-1849: A Leader in Women's Education in the Nineteenth Century
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: Mary Lyon opened Mount Holyoke Seminary for Women in 1837. It was the first independent school for the higher education of women. 02 June 2007
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Bella Abzug, 1920-1998: Activist for Women’s Rights Was Known for Her Large Hats and Strong Opinions
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: Abzug represented New York City in Congress during the 1970's. She was an activist against American involvement in the war in Vietnam. 27 April 2008
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Margaret Sanger, 1883-1966: She Led the Fight for Birth Control for Women
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: Sanger was considered a rebel in the early 1900s. She became an important part of what has been called one of the most life-changing political movements of the 20th century. 01 December 2007
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Dian Fossey, 1932-1985: She Worked to Protect the Mountain Gorillas of Central Africa
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: Her book, "Gorillas in the Mist" brought attention to these endangered animals. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International continues her work. 17 November 2007
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Elizabeth Blackwell, 1821-1910: Against Strong Opposition, She Became the First Western Woman in Modern Times to Become a Doctor
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: She also started a hospital for women and children and built a medical school to train women doctors. 21 July 2007
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