Lady Bios

  • Rachel Carson [ united-states ]

    Rachel Carson Louise Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964) was a marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Springand other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. In the 1950 Rachel turned her attention to conservation, especially some environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies. But it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Rachel Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter. Although having her first book published at the age of ten, Rachel began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her recognition as a gifted writer and financial security. Her next book was The Edge of the Sea. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths. Make sure to read more about this great lady.  
  • Rachel Moran [ europe ]

    rachel-moranRachel Moran (born 1976) is the founder of the organization SPACE International (Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment). She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in creative writing and speaks globally on prostitution and sex-trafficking. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. For seven years Rachel was bought and sold on the streets of Dublin. She no longer uses the word "prostitute" to describe her former profession. It wasn't what she did; it was something that was done to her, she argues. "I wasn't a prostitute, I was prostituted," she says. "There's a very big, significant difference."  Go to  interview. Book by Rachel "Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution"
  • Rachel Ray [ united-states ]

    Rachel Ray Rachael Domenica Ray (born 1968) is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity cook and author. She hosts the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray and three Food Network series.  Other programs to her credit include Rachael Ray's Week In A Day and the reality format shows Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off and Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off. Ray has written several cookbooks based on the 30 Minute Meals concept, and launched a magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray, in 2006. Ray's television shows have won three Daytime Emmy Awards. Visit the official Rachel Ray website.    
  • Rafea Um Gomar [ asia ]

    Rafea Um Gomar Rafea Um Gomar was born and raised in a rural Bedouin community in Jordan. She fought gender barriers, abject poverty, persecution from her own family and conservative traditions in her village to pursue her dream of becoming a solar engineer. She stepped beyond the boundaries of her household with the aim of bringing sustainable energy to her village while stimulating female empowerment and reducing poverty. Rafea and her co-engineer Sahia Um Badr were given the opportunity to attend Barefoot College, a non-governmental organization in India where women from rural backgrounds often with no education come from around the world to receive an education in renewable energy engineering. Um Gomar returned to her village in Jordan brimming with new ideas of how to use updated technology to improve the socioeconomic situation of women. You can read a full interview with her here. Thanks Feminism In HD !
  • Raheel Raza [ asia ]

    Raheel Raza is a Pakistani-Canadian journalist, author, public speaker, media consultant, anti-racism activist, and interfaith discussion leader. She is the author of Their Jihad, Not My Jihad: A Muslim Canadian Woman Speaks Out.  She opposes Islamic extremism. Raheel became the first woman to lead mixed-gender Muslim prayers in Canada, in 2005.  She termed it a "silent revolution" and said she hopes to become an imam someday. She also dreams of having a mosque "for women by women".  She received death threats following the 2005 prayer event. Raheel has argued for a public ban in Canada against the hijab and the burqa.
  • Rebecca West [ europe ]

    Rebecca West Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield  (21 December 1892 – 15 March 1983), known as Rebecca West, was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, Rebecca was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was widely considered to be among the important public intellectuals of the 20th century. Her major works include Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), on the history and culture of Yugoslavia; A Train of Powder (1955), her coverage of the Nuremberg trials, The Meaning of Treason, later The New Meaning of Treason, a study of the trial of the British Fascist William Joyce and others; The Return of the Soldier, a modernist World War I novel; and the "Aubrey trilogy" of autobiographical novels, The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund. Time called her "indisputably the world's number one woman writer" in 1947. She was made CBE in 1949, and DBE in 1959, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to British letters.  
  • Rinatta Paries [ united-states ]

    Rinatta Paries

    Rinatta Paries graduated from college with a BA in Political Science and initially went into social service. However, she found herself stuck behind a desk, while what she really wanted to do was to help people. A number of years and some interesting jobs later she ran across an article on the budding profession of life coaching and the online university, called CoachU, that was training life coaches.

    She was in the first group of 700 people to go through the two-year program and graduate from CoachU. At the time CoachU was the only school training life coaches. She also became a member and got certified as one of the first Master Coaches by the International Coach Federation, a certification and regulation body of the life coaching profession. Rinatta currently works as a "love coach" via her website.  
  • Rosa Luxemburg [ europe ]

    Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919)  was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist, anti-war activist, and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. She was, successively, a member of the Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania (SDKPiL), the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), the Independent Social Democratic Party (USPD), and the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). Rosa was held in high regard by Lenin and Leon Trotsky. During the German Revolution, Rosa was knocked down by a rifle butt by the soldier Otto Rungeand was shot in the head.  Otto Runge was sentenced to two years imprisonment for "attempted manslaughter". Read more about this amazing life and also her writings.
  • Rosa Parks [ united-states ]

    Rosa Parks Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (known as Rosa Parks February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement" Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in both California and Ohio. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation.  
  • Roseanne Barr [ united-states ]

    Rosanne Barr Cherrie  Roseanne Barr (born November 3, 1952) is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director, and 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party. Rosanne began her career in stand-up comedy at clubs before gaining fame for her role in the sitcom Roseanne. The show was a hit and lasted nine seasons, from 1988 to 1997. She won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work on the show. Rosanne Barr had crafted a "fierce working-class domestic goddess" persona in the eight years preceding her sitcom and wanted to do a realistic show about a strong mother who was not a victim of patriarchal consumerism. The granddaughter of immigrants from Europe and Russia, Barr was the oldest of four children in a working-class Jewish Salt Lake City family; she was also active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). In 1974, she married Bill Pentland, with whom she had three children, before divorcing in 1990 and marrying comedian Tom Arnold for four years. Controversy arose when Rosanne sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" off-key at a 1990 nationally aired baseball game, followed by grabbing her crotch and spitting.  
  • Roxana Jones [ united-states ]

    Roxanna Jones Roxana Jones has helped thousands of people across the world through her books, articles, HealThruWords® spiritual healing programs and inspirational quotes that are shared daily through her online community of 100K+ members. Roxana became a best-selling author in the spirituality and personal development categories after she was ready to share what she had learned as the result of thirty years of thorough study of many different cultures, schools of thought, and traditions that offered the framework to understand her life purpose: to serve others by offering transformational leadership and spiritual healing through the words she writes. The first twenty years of this path were dedicated to the academic world where she earned a B.S in Anthropology in 1990, that was later complemented with a Master’s Degree in Political Science in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in International Relations in 2006. At the same time she continued searching for answers through higher education, a twelve-year abusive marriage that led her to addiction, depression and a suicide attempt, ended in divorce in 1999. At 33, Roxana found herself confronted to an uncomfortable truth: she was still looking for something she didn’t know where, or how to find. Her emptiness was so unsettling that she decided to surrender to that which was keeping her alive and search for what was still missing. Check our Roxana's Website.  Some of Roxana's books:  The Dead Still Want To Live; The Four Elements of Life; The Fifth Element of Love; While I Was Learning to Become God.  
  • Roxie Collie Laybourne [ united-states ]

    Roxie Collie LaybourneRoxie Collie Laybourne (1910 – 2003) was known as the “Feather Lady". The eldest in a family of 15 children, her hobbies included the outdoors, animals, engines, and model airplanes, which were considered improper for a female during that time. In college she had the opportunity to play basketball and participate in track, as well as being the first to wear blue jeans at the all-girls college.  She received her B.A. from Meredith in 1932, and her M.S. in plant ecology from the George Washington University in 1951. She worked for the North Carolina State Museum of Natural History in its taxidermy and exhibit departments, the National Fisheries Laboratory, the United States National Museum  and the Bird and Mammal Laboratories of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1946 to 1974 before retiring and joining the National Museum of Natural History as a research associate. During her career, Roxie developed the speciality of identifying dead birds from their feathers to learn what types of birds struck planes. This information was instrumental in safety improvements within the manufacturing of aircraft engines, the development of military fighter canopies, and the creation of runway management plans. Her skills in forensic ornithology helped solve around 1,000 cases of bird-related airplane crashes a year.
  • Rue McClanahan [ united-states ]

    Rue McClanahan Rue McClanahan (1934 – 2010) was an American actress, best known for her roles on television as Vivian Harmon on Maude (1972–78), Fran Crowley on Mama's Family (1983–85), and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls (1985–92), for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1987.

    Rue was of Irish and Choctaw ancestry. Her Choctaw great-grandfather was named Running Hawk according to her autobiography My First Five Husbands... and the Ones Who Got Away (2007). Rue grew up and graduated  in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Rue McClanahan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Tulsa, where she majored in German and Theater. Rue was also a National Honor Society Member.