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  • Alice Walker [united-states ]

    Alice Walker Alice Walker (born  1944) is an  author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Amongst many Alice wrote Possessing the Secret of Joy, In Search of Our Mother's Gardens and You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down. In 1952, Alice was accidentally wounded in the right eye by a shot from a BB gun fired by one of her brothers. Because the family had no car, the Walkers could not take their daughter to a hospital for immediate treatment. By the time they reached a doctor a week later, she had become permanently blind in that eye. When a layer of scar tissue formed over her wounded eye, Alice became self-conscious and painfully shy. Stared at and sometimes taunted, she felt like an outcast and turned for solace to reading and to writing poetry. When she was 14, the scar tissue was removed. She later became valedictorian and was voted most-popular girl, as well as queen of her senior class, but she realized that her traumatic injury had some value: it had allowed her to begin “really to see people and things, really to notice relationships. Check out the Alice Walker website to see what this lady is all about.
  • Amelia Earhart [united-states ]

    Amelia Earhart Mary Amelia Earhart (1897 –1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. When 10-year-old Amelia  saw her first plane at a state fair, she was not impressed. "It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting," she dismissively said. It wasn't until she attended a stunt-flying exhibition, almost a decade later, that she became seriously interested in aviation. A pilot spotted Ameilia and her friend, who were watching from an isolated clearing, and dove at them. "I am sure he said to himself, 'Watch me make them scamper,'" she exclaimed. Amelia, who felt a mixture of fear and pleasure, stood her ground. As the plane swooped by, something inside her awakened. "I did not understand it at the time," she admitted, "but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by." On December 28, 1920, pilot Frank Hawks gave her a ride that would forever change her life. "By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly." Although Amelia's convictions were strong, challenging, prejudicial, and financial obstacles awaited her, but the former tomboy was no stranger to disapproval or doubt. Defying conventional feminine behavior, a young Earhart climbed trees, "belly slammed" her sled to start it downhill, and hunted rats with a .22 rifle. She also kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in predominantly male-oriented fields, including film direction and production, law, advertising, management, and mechanical engineering. Read more about the one and only Amelia on her  personal website.  
  • Amy Gatliff [united-states ]

    AAmy Gatliffmy Gatliff and her husband currently reside in Corbin, Kentucky, with their three children.  Amy enjoys being a stay-at-home mother. She is involved with the local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Organization as a Mentor Mom.  Here she exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.  She is also a volunteer at her local church and helps with administrative duties and Sunday school teaching. Her book is called The Power to Never Give Up: When Life’s Battles Become Our Greatest Testimonies Visit her website.
  • Angela Davis [united-states ]

    Angela Davis Angela Davis (born 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, although she was never a party member. Angela's interests included prisoner rights; she founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a former director of the university's Feminist Studies department.
  • Angelina Jolie [united-states ]

    AAngelina Joliengelina Jolie (Voight- Pitt) born June 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Jolie first witnessed the effects of a humanitarian crisis while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in war-torn Cambodia, an experience she later credited with having brought her a greater understanding of the world. Upon her return home, she contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international trouble spots. To learn more about the conditions in these areas, she began visiting refugee camps around the world. In February 2001, she went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. Because of her  humanitarian efforts, she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors. She promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women’s rights.  
  • Annie Dillard [united-states ]

    Annie Dillard Annie Dillard (born 1945) is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Annie wrote The Maytrees and her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction  which made Random House's survey of the century's 100 best nonfiction books. Annie has written many other books, essays and poetry and has won many awards. Dillard taught for 21 years in the English department of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut and has been married three times. Annie's official website.  
  • Annie Kagan [united-states ]

    Annie Kagan Annie Kagan, a chiropractor and songwriter living in Manhattan, abandoned her hectic city life in search of serenity in a small, secluded house by the bay. When her brother Billy died unexpectedly and began speaking to her from the afterlife, Annie agreed to accompany him on his journey through the mysteries of death. As Billy reaches from the “other side” to change his sister’s life and the lives of those around her, he shares secrets about the bliss and wonder to come in the afterlife. The fascinating, true story of her on-going, after death communication with her brother Billy is recounted in her debut book: The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad Boy Brother Proved to Me There is Life After Death.  
  • Annie Oakley [united-states ]

    Annie Oakley Annie Oakley (Phoebe Ann Moses 1860 -1926), was born in  Ohio developed her superb marksmanship abilities as a teen while  hunting game for a family grocery store earning enough to pay off the mortgage for her mother's home. After beating him in a 1875 Thanksgiving shooting competition, Moses married Frank E. Butler, in Windsor Ontario,  who was a top shooter and vaudeville performer. The two embarked on a union that would last more than half a century. Annie Oakley met Native-American leader Sitting Bull in 1884, and he was so impressed with her manner and abilities that he "adopted" her and bestowed upon her the additional name "Little Sure Shot." Oakley and Butler then joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. The couple toured with the show for more than a decade and a half, with Oakley receiving the spotlight and top billing while Butler worked as her manager, assisting Oakley with her stunning displays of marksmanship.  She really could shoot off the end of a cigarette!  Check out more of this amazing woman who fought many personal battles and was a straight shooter for women's rights as well.
  • Asha Tyson [united-states ]

    Asha TysonAsha Tyson (Born in 1970, in Detroit) Associate’s degree, BA  in political science; MA in public administration. Born into an abusive, loveless family, she became a teenage runaway and was homeless by 17. Written off as a problem child by teachers and ignored by society, she was on the verge of becoming yet another sad inner-city statistic. But Asha had other ideas. She knew if she could get an education she could escape a life of despair and destitution. She never knew her father and her mother was terminally ill with Sickle Cell Anemia. When not hospitalized her mother was extremely abusive and eventually descended into mental illness right in front of Tyson’s young eyes. "I'd find myself bound to a bed with jute rope and beaten with whatever she could get her hands on. It was really, really difficult. When not being terrorized, I was allowed to be sexually abused". "My mother lost her mind", Asha told National Public Radio’s the Tavis Smiley Show. “She was later diagnosed a schizophrenic homicidal". Read more about the life of this amazing survivor on  encycolpedia.com. Asha Tyson's book called Homeless at 17...Retired at 26!
  • Assata Shakur [united-states ]

    (born JoAnne Deborah Byron; born 1947 in New York City).  JoAnne was rarely ever home when young and  explored the street life .  She often ran away, staying with strangers and working for short periods of time, until she was taken in by her aunt Evelyn. JoAnne dropped out of High School to get a job and live on her own.  She did get her GED and went to community college where she got involved with political activities. She was indicted ten times, resulting in seven different criminal trials. JoAnne is  a former member of the left-wing militant group the Black Liberation Army (BLA), who was convicted in 1977 of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba in 1984, where she found political asylum. The Chicago Black activist group Assata's Daughters is named in her honor.   Read more about Assata's history. She has written a book called "Assata An Autobiography".
  • Avni Patel Thompson [united-states ]

    anvi patel thompsonFounder and CEO Poppy a childcare website dedicated to being more reliable and accessible for today’s busy families. Her website Curiously Imperfect
  • Barbara Bush [united-states ]

    Barbara Bush Barbara Bush (Pierce born 1925) is the wife of the 41st President of the US.  They would move twenty-nine times during their marriage. Barbara was athletic  and enjoyed swimming, tennis, and bike-riding. Her interest in reading began early in her life with the gathering with her family during the evenings and reading together. Barbara Bush had six children one of which died of leukemia at the age of four. It severely affected her and is the incident that is credited with beginning to turn her hair from a light brown color to chalk-white. During Barbara's eight years in the White House, she took an interest in literacy issues after her son Neil was diagnosed with dyslexia and began working with several different literacy organizations. She spent much time researching and learning about the factors that contributed to illiteracy – she believed homelessness was also connected to illiteracy– and started efforts  to combat both. She traveled around the country and the world, both with the Vice President on official trips and by herself. In 1984 she wrote a children's book about her family told from the point of view of her dog C. Fred entitled C. Fred's Story. She donated all proceeds from the book to literacy charities. Now comfortable speaking in front of groups, she routinely spoke to promote issues she believed in and became famous for expressing a sense of humor and self-deprecating wit.    
  • Barbara De Angelis [united-states ]

    Barbara De Angelis Barbara De Angelis (born March 4, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)  is an American relationship consultant, lecturer and author, TV personality, relationship and personal growth adviser. Barbara received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychology. Barbara has written fourteen best-selling books in these fields, including  How to Make Love All the Time, Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know, Are You The One for Me? and Real Moments. Her infomercial “Making Love Work” won an award as Best Infomercial of 1994. Barbara De Angelis has been married four times. One of those marriages was annulled: the other three ended in divorce. But far from serving to prove the old maxim, Those who can’t do, teach, her poor track record, she believes, is evidence of her accumulated wisdom.  
  • Beatrice Wood [united-states ]

    Beatrice WoodBeatrice Wood (California 1893-1998)  was an American artist and studio potter involved in the Avant Garde movement in the United States.  She founded The Blind Man magazine in New York City with French artist Marcel Duchamp and writer Henri-Pierre Roché in 1916. She had earlier studied art and theater in Paris, and was working in New York as an actress. She later worked at sculpture and pottery. Wood was characterized as the "Mama of Dada." She settled in Ojai, California in 1948 to be near the Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti. She became a lifelong member of the Theosophical Society – Adyar. These associations greatly influenced her artistic philosophies. At the age of 90, Wood became a writer, having been encouraged to write by her friend,  Anais Nin, a French writer. Her best-known book is her autobiography, I Shock Myself (1985). When asked the secret to her longevity, she would respond, "I owe it all to chocolate and young men."  
  • Bella Abzug [united-states ]

    Bella Abzug Bella Abzug (1920 – 1998), nicknamed Battling Bella was a lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women's Movement. In 1971, Bella joined other leading feminists such as Gloria Steinemand Betty Friedan to found the National Women's Political Caucus. She declared, “This woman's place is in the House—the House of Representatives,” in her successful 1970 campaign. She was later appointed to chair the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year and to plan the 1977 National Women's Conference by President Gerald Ford and led President Jimmy Carter's commission on women. Bella was one of the first members of Congress to support gay rights, introducing the first federal gay rights bill, known as the Equality Act of 1974. She was also a Zionist.  
  • Berenice Abbott [united-states ]

    berenice-abbottBernice Abbott was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. Berenice went to Europe in 1921, spending two years studying sculpture in Paris and Berlin. She studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin. In addition to her work in the visual arts, she published poetry.  Berenice first became involved with photography in 1923 when she was hired as a darkroom assistant at a portrait studio.  Later she wrote: "I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. In early 1929, she visited New York City, and upon seeing the city again, she immediately saw its photographic potential. Accordingly, she went back to Paris, closed up her studio, and returned to New York. Her first photographs of the city were taken with a hand-held Kurt-Bentzin camera, but soon she acquired a Century Universal camera which produced 8 x 10 inch negatives.  Using this large format camera, Abbott photographed New York City with the diligence and attention to detail. Her work has provided a historical chronicle of many now-destroyed buildings and neighborhoods of Manhattan. In 1935, Berenice moved into a Greenwich Village loft with the art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she lived until McCausland's death in 1965.    
  • Bett Davis [united-states ]

    Bett Davis Ruth Elizabeth Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), known as Bett Davis, was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in world cinema history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances in a range of film genres. Bett was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Betts' career went through several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships. Married four times, she was once widowed and thrice divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. Her final years were marred by a long period of ill health, but she continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 films.  
  • Betty Friedan [united-states ]

    Betty Friedan

    Betty Friedan (1921 – 2006) was an American writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century.

    In 1966, Friedan founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now in fully equal partnership with men.

     
  • Beyoncé [united-states ]

    Beyoncé Beyoncé Knowles (born 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award's history. Beyoncé experienced depression following the split of the group after being publicly blamed by the media, critics, and blogs for its cause. Her long-standing boyfriend left her at this time. The depression was so severe it lasted for a couple of years, during which she occasionally kept herself in her bedroom for days and refused to eat anything. Her official website.  
  • Billie Burke [united-states ]

    Billie Burke (Mary William Ethelbert Appleton) Billie Burke (1884 –1970) was an American actress, famous on Broadway and in early silent film, but is primarily known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz. Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932. Billie's voice was unique in intonation, which she accentuated in her later character roles as dim-witted, spoiled society types. Listen to her in this short video. She toured the United States and Europe with her father, William (Billy) Burke, a singer and clown, who worked for the Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Read more about Billie's career on broadway, movies and radio.
  • Billie Jean King [united-states ]

    Billie Jean KingBillie Jean King (née Moffitt; born  1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women’s doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. Billy Jean is an advocate for sexual equality. In 1973, at age 29, she won the so-called Battle of the Sexes tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, and was the co-founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, World TeamTennis  and the Women’s Sports Foundation. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1971 Billy Jean began an intimate relationship with her secretary, Marilyn Barnett.  Billy Jean acknowledged the relationship when it became public in a May 1981 ‘palimony‘ lawsuit filed by Barnett, making King the first prominent professional female athlete to come out as a lesbian. . "Within 24 hours [of the lawsuit being filed], I lost all my endorsements; I lost everything. I lost $2 million at least, because I had longtime contracts. I had to play just to pay for the lawyers. In three months I went through $500,000. I was in shock. I didn’t make $2 million in my lifetime, so it’s all relative to what you make."
  • Brené Brown [united-states ]

    Brené Brown Brené Brown (born 1965) is a scholar, author, and public speaker, who is currently a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  She has been involved in research on a range of topics, including vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly and others.  Her work have been featured on PBS, NPR, TED, and CNN. Brené states that vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness but it is also the birthplace of joy and creativity, of belonging and of love. Brené asserts that we learned to protect ourselves from from being hurt, diminished or disappointed by putting on emotional armor and acting invulnerable when we were children. Brené states that there are 3 vulnerability shields.  The first one is foreboding instead of joy; the second is perfectionism and the third is numbing our emotions. Go to her personal website to learn much more.  
  • Brigitte Gabriel [united-states ]

    Brigitte Gabriel Brigitte Gabriel (a.k.a Nour Semaan, Brigitte Tudor) born October 21, 1964, is a conservative American journalist, author, political lecturer, anti-Islamic extremism activist, and founder of two non-profit political organizations, the American Congress For Truth and ACT! for America. She has given hundreds of lectures and frequently speaks at American conservative organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, Christians United for Israel, Evangelicals, and Jewish groups. Her sometimes controversial statements include that Islam keeps countries backward,  and that it teaches terrorism. and that she gives voice to "what many in America are thinking, but afraid to say out loud, for fear of being labeled a racist, bigot, Islamophobic, or intolerant." (info from Wiki)  
  • Brittany Perloff [united-states ]

    Brittany PerloffBrittany Perloff Morgan grew up in New York but now resides in North Carolina. She found a passion for writing at a very young age and has worked on her skill ever since. She published her first preteen fiction novel at age fourteen. On any given day, you can find her typing away.
  • C. Ara Campbell [united-states ]

    Ara CampbellC. Ara Campbell is a mystic visionary writer, spiritual teacher, cosmic reader, intuitive, artist, photographer, and founder of The Goddess Circle which explores the wild, mystical and sacred expression of the feminine. She is dedicated to the awakening and embodiment of divine truth, and to the discovery of purpose, authentic voice and unique medicine that is found within each of us. Her deep calling is to aid others in midwifing this into being and merging into the alchemy of all that they are and to live from this place of conscious, present authenticity. She has a great love for the wilderness, animals, astrology, and music. She has a lifelong passion reading tarot, working with the energy of the moon, crystals and the planets, and tapping into the magic of the Earth energies for healing. She is deeply connected to the divine, to the unseen and to the sacred cosmic flow. Ara can usually be found with her head in the clouds snapping photos, practicing yoga, spending time painting or channeling inspirations to share with the world. She has been featured in numerous online publications, interviews and Summits as well as facilitating The Priestess Awakening Program Online. She is in the process of writing her first book and has recently published an online eBook Astrology & energy almanac. See Ara's website The Goddess Circle.
  • C. JoyBell C. [united-states ]

    C. JoyBell C.  is an American author of poetry and literature books delving mainly into philosophy of mind, esoterism, and all other things wise and wonderful. Her words are quoted by movers and shakers of this age (people she often refers to as being "much bigger" than herself) and have become a genuine source of inspiration, transformation and discovery for many the world over. But when asked, "Who are you?" she will simply say, "I am me." Her official website.
  • Carol Burnett [united-states ]

    carol burnettCarol Creighton Burnett (born 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer, whose career spans six decades of television. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show. Carol married her college sweetheart Don Saroyan on December 15, 1955 and divorced in 1962.  In 1963, Carol married TV producer Joe Hamilton, a divorced father of eight, who  would produce The Carol Burnett Show, among other projects. The couple had three daughters. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1984.  In 2001, she married Brian Miller, principal drummer in and contractor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, who is 23 years her junior.
  • Caroline Myss [united-states ]

    Caroline Myss Caroline Myss (1952) is an American author of  Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They CanSacred Contracts, Invisible Acts of Power, Entering The Castle, Defy Gravity.and  Archetypes: Who Are You?  She describes herself as a medical intuitive and a mystic.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism  in 1974 and started her career in journalism in Chicago. Caroline pursued a master’s degree in theology from Mundelein College, Chicago, which she completed in 1979. Caroline hosted her own TV show and has published many other books. She tours internationally as a speaker on spirituality and mysticism.  
  • Carolyn Riker [united-states ]

    carolyn rikerCarolyn Riker, MA is a counselor, educator, writer, and poet. She is also a certified instructor for journal writing and provides workshops. She finds comfort and balance in her kids, nature, music, and her sweet cat, Copper. She’s a regular columnist for Rebelle Society, Women's Spiritual Poetry Blog and The Tattooed Buddha, as well as her own blog, Magic of Stardust and Words.
  • Carrie Fisher [united-states ]

    Carrie FisherCarrie Frances (born 1956) is an American actress and writer and is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy (1977–83) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Carrie is also known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge, and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and its nonfiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the show. Carrie is the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Carrie describes herself as an "enthusiastic agnostic who would be happy to be shown that there is a God. Fisher has publicly discussed her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her addictions to cocaine and prescription medication.    
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