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Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was an an anarchist political activist and writer. She was born in Russia, but emigrated to the United States in the late 1880s. "During her life, Goldman was lionized as a free-thinking "rebel woman" by admirers, and denounced by detractors as an advocate of politically motivated murder and violent revolution. Her writing and lectures spanned a variety of issues, including prisons, atheism, freedom of speech, militarism, capitalism, marriage, free love, and homosexuality. Although she distanced herself from first-wave feminism and its efforts toward women's suffrage, she developed new ways of incorporating gender politics into anarchism. After decades of obscurity, Goldman gained iconic status by a revival of interest in her life in the 1970s, when feminist and anarchist scholars rekindled popular interest."

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Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a journalist, author, and activist who is best remembered for her influence on urban studies and arguing that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city-dwellers.

She stood up to Robert Moses and his plans to overhaul Greenwich Village and was instrumental in preventing the Lower Manhattan Expressway from destroying Little Italy and SoHo. She was not a college educated city planner, but was passionate about making cities work for everyone.
Perhaps less well known was her time spent working in the State Department during McCarthyism. When she received a questionnaire regarding her beliefs, she began her response with this: The other threat to the security of our tradition, I believe, lies at home. It is the current fear of radical ideas and of people who propound them. I do not agree with the extremists of either the left or the right, but I think they should be allowed to speak and to publish, both because they themselves have, and ought to have, rights, and once their rights are gone, the rights of the rest of us are hardly safe...

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Marlo Thomas is an actress and social activist. She's best known for her starring role in the 1960s sitcom That Girl and bringing to life the iconic children's album Free To Be ... You And Me. She is also the National Outreach Director for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, a pediatric research hospital where no family pays, founded by her father, the actor Danny Thomas.
While That Girl may seem like just another sitcom, it was the first television show to have a single, working woman - out on her own - as its star. And Thomas was only the second woman, after Lucille Ball, to produce her own series. When the series ended, network execs wanted the finale to be a wedding, but Thomas thought that would be disingenuous and a disservice to the audience, since it would send the message to her audience that the only happy ending for a woman was a marriage.
In 1971 she released Free To Be ... You And Me, first as a book, inspired by her niece. The basic concept was to encourage post-1960s gender neutrality, saluting values such as individuality, tolerance, and comfort with one's identity. A major thematic message is that anyone—whether a boy or a girl—can achieve anything. We're still trying to reach the goals laid out in that book.
In 1973, along with Gloria Steinem, Patricia Carbine, Letty Cotton Pogrebin, she was a founder of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first women's fund in the US. It's mission is to deliver funding and other resources to organizations that were presenting liberal women’s voices in communities nationwide.

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