Lady Bios

  • Olympe de Gouges [ europe ]

    Olympe de Gouges, born Marie Gouze, (1748-1793) was a French playwright and political activist whose feminist and abolitionist writings reached a large audience. As political tension rose in France, Olympe  became increasingly politically engaged. She became an outspoken advocate for improving the condition of slaves in the colonies of 1788. At the same time, she began writing political pamphlets. Today she is perhaps best known as an early feminist who demanded that French women be given the same rights as French men. In her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen (1791), she challenged the practice of male authority and the notion of male–female inequality. She was executed by guillotine during the Reign of Terror for attacking the regime of the Revolutionary government. Read more about this brave lady Olympe that forged the path to the rights that we enjoy today.
  • Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey (Gail) was born in 1954 into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. Oprah experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. She has become an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. All know her   for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media",she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history,  and is currently (2012) North America's only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.  In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama  and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.