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Ana Mendieta (18 November 1948 – 8 September 1985)Ana Mendieta was a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who is best known for her “earth-body” art work. At age 12, in order to escape Fidel Castro’s regime, Ana and her 14-year-old sister Raquelin were sent to the United States by their parents.Mendieta’s work was generally autobiographical and focused on themes including feminism, violence, life, death, place and belonging. Mendieta often focused on a spiritual and physical connection with the Earth, most particularly in her “Silueta Series” (1973–1980). The series involved Mendieta creating female silhouettes in nature - in mud, sand and grass - with natural materials ranging from leaves and twigs to blood, and making body prints or painting her outline or silhouette onto a wall. Mendieta was one of many artists experimenting with the emerging genres of land art, body art, and performance art. Mendieta was possibly the first to combine these genres in what she called “earth-body” sculptures. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana_Mendieta

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Ana Mendieta (18 November 1948 – 8 September 1985)

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who is best known for her “earth-body” art work.

At age 12, in order to escape Fidel Castro’s regime, Ana and her 14-year-old sister Raquelin were sent to the United States by their parents.

Mendieta’s work was generally autobiographical and focused on themes including feminism, violence, life, death, place and belonging. Mendieta often focused on a spiritual and physical connection with the Earth, most particularly in her “Silueta Series” (1973–1980). The series involved Mendieta creating female silhouettes in nature - in mud, sand and grass - with natural materials ranging from leaves and twigs to blood, and making body prints or painting her outline or silhouette onto a wall. Mendieta was one of many artists experimenting with the emerging genres of land art, body art, and performance art. Mendieta was possibly the first to combine these genres in what she called “earth-body” sculptures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana_Mendieta

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet Sniper, had killed a confirmed 309 Germans during WWII and is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history. (source)

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"Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade." — Constance Baker Motley

famouswomeninhistory:

"Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade." 
— Constance Baker Motley

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"Little known to the outside world, although they have been fighting fascist regimes since 1927, the Italian ‘Maquis’ carry on their battle for freedom under the most hazardous conditions. Germans and fascist Italians are targets for their guns; and the icy, eternally snow-clad peaks of the French-Italian border are their battlefield. This school teacher of the Valley of Aosta fights side-by-side with her husband in the ‘White Patrol’ above the pass of Little Saint Bernard in Italy, on January 4, 1945." (source)

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"Little known to the outside world, although they have been fighting fascist regimes since 1927, the Italian ‘Maquis’ carry on their battle for freedom under the most hazardous conditions. Germans and fascist Italians are targets for their guns; and the icy, eternally snow-clad peaks of the French-Italian border are their battlefield. This school teacher of the Valley of Aosta fights side-by-side with her husband in the ‘White Patrol’ above the pass of Little Saint Bernard in Italy, on January 4, 1945." (source)

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Kacy Catanzaro: the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama.

I just need everyone to watch this video [x]. She’s a 5 foot, 100 lb gymnast and she beasts through this insanely difficult, heavily upper body focused course like it was her morning jog. The camera keeps cutting to these massive, musclebound men in the audience with their mouths hanging open. 

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Woman Revolutionary: Jean Sammet

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Jean Sammet was born in New York, New York, in 1928. She holds a B.A. in mathematics from Mount Holyoke College (1948), an M.A., also in mathematics, from the University of Illinois (1949), and an honorary doctorate from Mount Holyoke College (1978).

Sammet started work in the computer field at Sperry Gyroscope in 1955 and supervised the company’s first scientific programming group. She also taught graduate courses in programming at Adelphi College from 1956 to 1958.

From 1958 to 1961, she worked at Sylvania Electric Products and managed the basic software development for MOBIDIC, a computer built for the Army Signal Corps. From 1959 to 1961, she served as a key member of the committee that developed COBOL, which became the standard programming language for business applications around the world.

Sammet joined IBM in 1961 and directed the development of FORMAC, a widely used programming language and system for symbolic mathematics. In 1965, she became programming language technology manager in the IBM systems development division and later led IBM’s work on the Ada programming language.

She was president of the ACM from 1972 to 1974 and is a world authority on the history of programming languages. Among other honors, she is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (1977).

1931: Lili Elbe

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"Einar Wegener, a Danish painter, who had been married for years, recently underwent an operation at the hands of Professor Doctor Warnekross, well-known Dresden gynecologist. The operation resulted in the changing of the man into a woman. He—or rather she—adapted the name Lili Elbe.  The marriage was declared void. It is also said that the man-woman has given up the profession as a painter. Above may be seen the former Einar Wegener, now Lili Elbe."

~From The Cass County Sun (Linden, Tex.), June 16, 1931

A film about Lili Elbe is in the works, based on a novel about her called The Danish Girl. More information about her can be found here

1922: Miss Mauria Ju Is China’s Only Woman Flier

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"Miss Mauria Ju is China’s only woman flier. She learned the game from American fliers and will soon return to the United States to observe progress made in aeronautics."

~From The Breckenridge Daily American (Breckenridge, Tex), June 25, 1922

Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find any other references to her so far. If you know anything about her, please share!

1914: China’s First Woman Lawyer

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"The ambitions and daring of young China are personified in Miss Yarlock Lowe, daughter of the Dragon land, and a law student at the University of California. She is soon to return to China as its first woman barrister. Undaunted by the fear that feminism is too revolutionary for the new republic, Miss Lowe is willing to run the gauntlet of disapproval in order to advance the day of the Oriental woman’s participation in public affairs."

~From The day book. (Chicago, Ill.), 26 Feb. 1914. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 

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