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Sappho circa 630 B.C.

Why we should care: This lyric poet from the Greek Island of Lesbos was so damn good that Plato referred to her as the tenth muse. Take that Feist. Her verses wax poetic upon braiding the ladies of Lesbos’ hair with rosebuds, winding their necks with crocuses and dripping myrrh on their heads. Reading these… Read More »

Qiu Jin (1875-1907)

by Lizzie Why we should care: Ever gone to the Bata Shoe Museum and felt queasy from the three inch long shoes worn by Chinese women with bound feet? Well back in the early 1900s Qiu Jin said no to size one shoes, left her aging hubbie, began a journal advocating for Chinese women’s rights… Read More »

Mae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980):

by Bea Wayne Why We Should Care: Mae West was a gifted comic actor and the author of some of the best pick-up lines in history. After suffering years of poverty and even imprisonment due to strict censorship laws, she eventually became the second highest salaried person in American next to William Randolph Hurst. Before… Read More »

Margaret Thatcher, 1925 –

by Reta Robinson Why we should care This Iron Lady of British politics was the first and only female prime minister of the land of tea and scones. As PM from 1979 – 1990, she lobbied for environmental issues, allied herself with the US in the cold war, and survived an IRA bombing in Brighton… Read More »

Josephine Baker

(June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975)  by Bea Wayne Why We Should Care:  This entertainer extraordinaire and American ex-patriot not only captivated audiences worldwide with her dancing, charisma and sensuality, she also used her art to combat segregation in the United States.   Three Traits We Admire: Her promotion of diversity.  The original Angelina, she… Read More »

Boudica

Birth Unknown-Death 60 or 61AD by LizzieWhy We Should Care: This fiery queen of the Iceni went into primal defensive mother mode in 60 or 61 AD when her daughters were raped by Roman conquerors and disenfranchised of their rightful inheritance. She rallied the native kingdoms of Britain together to destroy Colchester and Londinium, massacring… Read More »

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