Inspired by a BBC podcast about Eleanor Roosevelt that I listened to last week. Who else should be on this list??
  1. Eleanor Roosevelt
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    As the wife of FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt helped to create a new, more active role for the First Lady of the U.S. She later worked as head of the UN human rights commission that drafted the 1948 UN declaration of human rights.
  2. Wangari Maathai
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    The first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai was an advocate for conservation and the protection of natural resources, as well as democracy and women's rights.
  3. Edith Garrud
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    A member of the Suffragette movement in Britain, Edith Garrud was also one of the first martial arts instructors in the country. She taught other suffragettes Jujitsu as a means of self defence against the police who would often manhandle the women whilst they protested.
  4. Mary Seacole
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    Mary Seacole was a British nurse during the Crimean War. She faced obstacles due to her race and gender and ended up self-funding her trip to the Crimean where she set up the 'British Hotel', a recuperation centre for soldiers.
  5. Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias
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    Won 2 gold medals in the 1932 Summer Olympics in track and field and then went on to become a professional golfer, winning the U.S. Open three times.
  6. Zitkala-Ša (also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin)
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    Founder of the National Council of American Indians who fought for Native American citizenship and civil rights as early on as the 1920s. A talented musician, she also co-wrote the first American Indian opera, The Sun Dance.