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Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung was a Canadian author, politician and feminist who campaigned for women’s rights during the early 20th century. She was one of the “Famous Five” who successfully petitioned for women to be considered “persons” under Canadian law.

Martha Gellhorn

War correspondent Martha Gellhorn might have been just that if history had recorded her only as Ernest Hemingway’s wife. Instead she made her mark as a renowned journalist and novelist whose career spanned almost 60 years and saw her cover every major conflict in her lifetime from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam to the U.S. invasion of Panama.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow is not only a celebrated political commentator and author, but also the first openly gay primetime TV host in America. She hosts The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC with decency, civility, and incredible composure, which is a depressing rarity in American network television

Maya Angelou

Author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her older brother nicknamed her “Maya”, derived from “My” or “Mya Sister”. She had a tumultuous childhood, was the victim of child rape, and was mute for a period of five years. But as a child she also developed a love of literature and exceptional observation skills.

Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead was an anthropologist who, during the 1960s and 70s, became a popular author and public speaker. A prominent figure in the field of cultural anthropology, Mead advocated for an early form of sex-positivity and influenced the sexual revolution of the 60s. Also, she may have been bisexual. So that’s neat.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education activist and the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Prize. She’s won many other awards, including the Anne Frank Award for Moral Courage, and was considered one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine (Korbelová) Albright was the first women to hold the position of United States Secretary of State. She was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937, but left with her parents for England where she spent the duration of the Second World War.

Lizz Winstead

Comedian and blogger Lizz Winstead is perhaps most notable as the co-creator of The Daily Show. Winstead hired some of the show’s iconic talents, ...

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue is an Australian pop star, actress and philanthropist, and if you were anywhere near a dance club in the early 00’s, you’ve probably...

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron was a director, producer, and writer, and you probably know her as the screenwriter of movies like When Harry Met SallySleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia. She started her writing career as a reporter at the New York Post. While married to Carl Bernstein (yes, that Carl Bernstein), she helped rewrite the screenplay for All the President’s Men. Her script wasn’t used, but it got Ephron her first screenwriting gig.

Gloria Allred

An American civil rights lawyer known for taking on high-profile and controversial cases, Gloria Allred has been in the news most recently for her representation of at least 29 women who accuse comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other sexual misconduct, and a former "Apprentice" contestant, Summer Zervos, who claims President Donald Trump groped her a decade ago.

Geena Davis

Almost a decade ago, Geena Davis launched the Institute for Gender in Media to address the gender imbalance in TV programs and films aimed at chil...