Lady Bios

  • Acuna de Chaupe [south-america ]

    Acuna de Chaupe Indigenous Peruvian farm worker Maxima Acuna de Chaupe withstood violent eviction attempts, beatings, and a legal battle to protect her land from being turned into an open-pit gold mine. For over three years, indigenous Peruvian farm worker Maxima  has refused to allow a U.S.-based multinational corporation to turn her land into an open-pit gold mine, withstanding multiple violent eviction attempts by corporate and state agents. (December 2014)  Maxima finally saw victory when a Peruvian appeals court struck down a lawsuit levied by the Yanacocha mine—which is 51 percent owned by Colorado’s Newmont Mining Corporation—that had sought to expel and imprison the family for “invading” their own land. The ruling is an important win in a case that has become a rallying point for local resistance to multinational plunder. Read the rest of the story of this brave woman!
  • Juana Inés [south-america ]

    Sister Joan Agnes of the Cross; (1651 -1695), was a self-taught scholar, philosopher and poet of the Baroque school, and Hieronymite nun of New Spain, known in her lifetime as "The Tenth Muse", "The Phoenix of America", or the "Mexican Phoenix". Sor Juana lived during Mexico's colonial period, making her a contributor both to early Mexican literature as well as to the broader literature of the Spanish Golden Age. Beginning her studies at a young age, Sor Juana was fluent in Latin and also wrote in Nahuatl, and became known for her philosophy in her teens. After joining a nunnery in 1667, Sor Juana began writing poetry and prose dealing with such topics as love, feminism, and religion. Her criticism of misogyny and the hypocrisy of men led to her condemnation by the Bishop of Puebla and in 1694 she was forced to sell her collection of books and focus on charity towards the poor. She died the next year, having caught the plague while treating her fellow nuns. Read more.  
  • Lorraine Toussaint [south-america ]

    Lorraine Toussaint Lorraine Toussaint (born 1960 in Trinidad) is an American actress and producer known for playing powerful characters on television and film and especially in the TV series  "Orange Is the New Black"  in the role of Yvonne "Vee" Parker, the main antagonist. In an interview Lorraine said that "I grew up under the British system, which I think is horrific for children -- very, very strict -- a system that did not recognize children as being individuals. You were small animals earning the right to be human. Childhood for me then felt extraordinarily powerless, and as an artistic child who learned in alternative ways, it was hell. I was beaten regularly... A good child was a fearful child, and I was a very, very, good child, which meant I lived in a world of silent, dark terror most of the time."
  • Selenis Leyva [south-america ]

    SelenisSelenis Leyva Leyva (born May, 1972) is a Cuban-Dominican-American actress, known for her role as Gloria Mendoza in the  comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black. On television, Selenis had a recurring role of Detective Mariluz Rivera in Law & Order, and also appeared in different roles on the show and on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She has guest-starred on Third Watch, The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Girls, and Elementary.