Qiu Jin broke all the rules to leave her husband, move to Japan and join the revolution against the Qing Dynasty. She became a hero and feminist, fighting for women’s rights and freedom of education.
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Nina Hagen is one of the most iconic figures in punk history. Through her music, style, outspoken lyrics and unmatched voice, she’s broken rules, questioned norms, confronted her critics, stood up for what’s right, and showed us that it’s alright to be weird.
Read More Nina Hagen – Godmother of Punk, East Germany Dissident, Activist, Breaker of Rules
A woman walks onto a beach in her favourite swimsuit and is confronted by the police because her outfit is deemed inappropriate. Question: which year is it?
Read More Annette Kellermann – Professional Mermaid, Movie Pioneer, Liberator of female Swimmers
In recognition of her endless struggle to save nature, empower women, fight for democracy and freedom, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 as the first african woman and the first environmentalist.
Read More Wangari Maathai – Planter of Trees, Empowerer of Women, Defender of Democracy, Bringer of Peace
Seriously, the woman never stopped, never gave in, never got discouraged. What a serious badass!
Meet Noor Inayat Khan, born in Russia to an Indian father and an American mother, raised in France and England, children’s book author and actual princess. She became one of the most important British spies in Nazi-occupied Paris during WW2 where she kicked some serious German ass under the codename Madeleine.
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“I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap.”
Read More Ida B. Wells – Uncovering the Truth about Lynchings
Meet Kamaladevi Chattopadhya, freedom fighter, politician, defender of women’s rights, guardian of the arts, first of her name, maybe…
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