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Bella Abzug. Bella Abzug was a leading liberal activist and politician in the 1960s and 1970s, especially known for her work for women’s rights.

Bella Abzug

Synopsis In the 1960s, Bella Abzug became involved the antinuclear and peace movements and helped organize the Women Strike for Peace in 1961. To promote women’s issues and to lobby for reform, she helped establish the National Women’s Political Caucus with Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, and to have a greater impact on the political process, she served in the House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977.

Early Life Born Bella Savitsky on July 24, 1920, in New York City, Bella Abzug spent much of her life fighting social and political change. Jane Addams. Ahhotep. I'm starting a new ongoing series about warrior women of history.


Many ancient women were not content to sit at home and wait for wars to end. They became military leaders. Some even took part in battle. Some of the women I'll be featuring are famous, but many are virtually unknown to people who work outside specific fields of history. I'm proud to present to you a little-known warrior woman who was the mother of a famous dynasty: Ahhotep of Egypt. Ahhotep lived during a turbulent period of Egyptian history, so different scholars have different interpretations of how she fits into the family sequence. Madeleine Albright. Madeleine Albright became the first woman to represent the U.S. in regards to foreign affairs as the secretary of state.

Madeleine Albright

Synopsis Madeleine Albright was born in 1937 in Prague. As a child, she left Prague with her family to the United States. After studying at Wellesley College and Columbia University, Albright entered politics under the influence of an old professor. Maya Angelou. “A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

Maya Angelou

“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.” “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” “The caged bird sings with a fearful trill/ of things unknown but longed for still/ and his tune is heard on the distant hill/ for the caged birds sings of freedom. " Susan B. Anthony. Susan B.

Susan B. Anthony

Anthony was a prominent American suffragist and civil rights activist. She campaigned against slavery and for women to be given the vote. She was the co-founder of the Women’s Temperance movement which campaigned to tighten up laws on alcohol. She played a significant role in raising the profile of equal rights for women, and is credited with playing a significant role in the passing of the nineteenth amendment (1920) which gave women the vote. Short Biography Susan B. “Men their rights and nothing more, women their rights and nothing less. Jane Austen. Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) English author who wrote romantic fiction combined with social realism.

Jane Austen

Her famous novels include: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Early Life Jane Austen. Gertrude Bell. Gertrude Bell was a British writer, archaeologist and political officer best known for helping to establish modern Iraq after World War I.

Gertrude Bell

Synopsis. Annie Besant. Annie Besant (1847-1933) – political reformer, women’s rights activist, theosophist and Indian nationalist.

Annie Besant

“An imperious necessity forces me to speak the truth, as I see it, whether the speech please or displease, whether it bring praise or blame. That one loyalty to Truth I must keep stainless, whatever friendships fail me or human ties be broken.” Benazir Bhutto. Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was the first women elected to lead a Muslim state.

Benazir Bhutto

Bhutto served as Prime Minister of Pakistan between (1988–1990, and 1993–1996). “Ultimately, leadership is about the strength of one’s convictions, the ability to endure the punches, and the energy to promote an idea. And I have found that those who do achieve peace never acquiesce to obstacles, especially those constructed of bigotry, intolerance, and inflexible tradition.” - Benazir Bhutto Benazir was the daughter of a former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Benazir was brought up speaking both Urdu and English, and after passing her A-Levels, she went to Oxford University, to study Law at Lady Margaret Hall college.

After finishing at Oxford, she returned to Pakistan where she became embroiled in Pakistani politics. The summer heat turned my cell into an oven. Boudica. (Boudica also spelt as Boudicca, Boudicea and Boadicea) Boudica was a famous queen of ancient Briton who led a rebellion against the Roman occupiers.


Boudica was born in 30 AD in South East England. Hillary Clinton. When Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001, she became the first American first lady to ever win a public office seat. She later became the 67th U.S. secretary of state in 2009, serving until 2013. Marie Curie. Marie Curie was a Polish-born French physicist famous for her work on radioactivity and twice a winner of the Nobel Prize. Synopsis Born Maria Sklodowska on November 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland, Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win the award in two different fields (physics and chemistry).