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Yukiko Sugihara

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Mia Clark for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 Swindon Central Library.  Yukiko Sugihara was responsible for encouraging her husband, Chiune Sugihara, Japan’s consul in Kovno, Lithuania to issue 2,139 visas for 6,000 displaced Polish Jews during WWII despite his government’s objections and …

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Savitribai Phule

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Ramya Ramakrishnan for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 Swindon Central Library.  Savitribai Phule: (1831 – 1897) Savitribai was an Indian social reformer, standing up for the injustices against women. She worked along with her husband, Jyotirao Phule. From child marriage, to the …

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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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Mabel Hampton

Mabel Hampton was an African-American lesbian activist, a dancer during the Harlem Renaissance, a founding member of the Lesbian Herstory Archive and a philanthropist for both black and LGBT organisations. Hampton was born in 1902 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was brought up by her grandmother following the death of her mother at the age …

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Berta Cáceres

Today’s Illustrated Woman in History was written by Emily Ruth Taylor.  Berta Cáceres was a Honduran activist who was both an environmental advocate and an indigenous leader. In 1993, while she was still a student, she co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH.) In 2015 She was awarded the Goldman Prize …

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Leyla Hussein

Leyla Hussein is a Somali psychotherapist and social activist. She is Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven, and a co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a non-profit organisation which campaigns for greater awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and works to support young women and girls. Hussein was born in 1980 in Somalia. At the age of …

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Nimko Ali

Nimko Ali is a Somali social activist. She is the co-founder and Director of the Daughters of Eve non-profit organisation which campaigns for greater awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and works to support young women and girls. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party. Ali was born in Somalia, at …