Women Who Dared

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Happy Birthday, Billie Jean King, Tennis Star and Feminist Pioneer

November 22, 2010
by Denis Cummings
Tennis star Billie Jean King spent her career campaigning for gender equality in sports. Her win in 1973’s highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” match helped to legitimize women’s athletics in the eyes of the world.
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November 07, 2010
The first woman in France to receive a doctorate degree, scientist Marie Curie is remembered for her discoveries in radioactivity and radioactive elements. Her work won her two Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry, but unfortunately also led to her death.
October 11, 2010
Eleanor Roosevelt was more than just a first lady. She was a politician in her own right, serving on the United Nations, promoting the New Deal and setting off second-wave feminism with her insistence that she—and all other women—be treated as equal to men.
September 25, 2010
Barbara Walters, the first woman news anchor on television, quashed the belief that women had no place in the news industry. Through “Barbara Walters Specials” she has reached out to politicians, media darlings, rock stars and murderers, asking tough questions in sensitive ways and bringing unique insights to the character of the world’s most loved and most hated personalities.
July 24, 2010
Amelia Earhart set the gold standard for “enlightened feminism.” She was dubbed “Lady Lindy” because of her likeness to aviator Charles Lindbergh, and because her solo flight across the Atlantic was second only to his own. Although the mystery of her disappearance overshadows her life’s work, her artless charm, compassion and boundless daring endeared her to men and women across the globe.
June 22, 2010
Mildred Loving, a black woman married to a white man, missed her home in Virginia. But a state ban against interracial marriage prevented the couple from living there. The Lovings brought their case all the way to the Supreme Court, which led to a historic decision in 1967 that struck down state laws against interracial marriage.
June 14, 2010
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s most memorable contribution to society was her book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The responses to Stowe’s work were so powerfully divisive that Abraham Lincoln upon meeting her said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe
May 29, 2010
An Oscar winner and two-time Grammy Award winner, the prolific Melissa Etheridge is renowned for her blend of pop-infused folk rock and her advocacy of progressive social issues.
May 09, 2010
Candice Bergen came from a show business family and starred in numerous films in the 1960s and 1970s. But it wasn’t until her 10-year run on television as broadcast journalist Murphy Brown that she became a household name.