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Dolores Heurta

Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association – later the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta’s career in life was inspired by both of her parents, mother’s independence and entrepreneurial spirit was one of the primary reasons she became a feminist. Although her parents divorced, she was fiercely proud …

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Trukanini/Truganani

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Nora Roe. Trukanini/Truganani (c.1812-1876) was a Tasmanian Aborigine. At sixteen years old, in an attempt to save her people from genocide inflicted by British colonisers, she worked as an interpreter for a man named Augustus Robinson to encourage native people to move to an island missionary. …

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Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry was an American playwright, civil rights activist and writer. Her groundbreaking play, A Raisin In The Sun was the first to be performed on Broadway written by a black woman and performed by a black cast. Hansberry was born in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to politically active parents. Eight years later, after her …

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Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis was an African-American LGBT civil rights activist who became the oldest known American lesbian when reaching the age of 101. Ellis was born in 1899 in Springfield, Illinois. Her parents had been born in the last years of slavery, and her father would become the first African-American mail carrier in Illinois. Ellis and …

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Hafsat Abiola-Costello

Hafsat Abiola-Costello is a Nigerian human rights, civil rights and democracy activist, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), which seeks to strengthen civil society and promote democracy in Nigeria. Abiola was born in 1974 in Lagos, Nigeria to Nigerian politician and philanthropist Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola and Alhaja Kudirat Abiola. She was …

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Yuri Kochiyama

Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese American political activist and lifelong champion of civil rights for Black, Latino, Native American and Asian-American communities. Kochiyama was born in 1921 in San Pedro, California to Japanese immigrant parents Seiichi Nakahara and Tsuyako Nakahara. Kochiyama grew up in a predominantly white neighbourhood and became the first female student body …

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Florynce Kennedy

Florynce Kennedy was an American lawyer, activist, civil rights advocate, lecturer and one of the pioneers of second-wave feminism. Kennedy was born in 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in a mostly white neighbourhood, and as a young child was arrested as the police didn’t believe she lived in the neighbourhood. On one occasion, …