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GAME CHANGERS -  It’s paramount, especially now, that we honor women who paved the way, b/c without visibility & representation our history becomes lost.

"Although I was a highly educated woman, it did not seem odd to me to work with my hands, often with my knees on the ground, alongside rural woman. Some politicians and others in the 1980s and 1990s ridiculed me for doing so. But I had no problem with it, and the rural women both accepted and appreciated that I was working with them to improve their lives and the environment. After all, I was a child of the same soil. Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from land, but instill in them, even more, respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what is being lost. The future of the planet concerns all of us, and we should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters, and the women, you don't need a diploma to plant a tree." - Wangari Muta... was an internationally renowned Kenyan environmental political activist and Nobel laureate. In 1977, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights. In 1984, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace." #theunsungheroines

❤️❤️Winnie Holzman had been performing in sketch comedy in the 80's, "determined to never make a dime," but on the recommendation of a college friend, she applied to attend the musical theater program at New York University. She eventually got her master's degree in Musical Theatre Writing on a full scholarship. She went on to create My So Called Life (ABC) which lasted only one season, but it rewrote TV's tropes, breaking down conventions and gave teenagers a voice that was, real. (Imagine that in 1995 when Melrose Place and 90210 seemed to be the biggest shows in TV) I re-watched some episodes last night not even knowing Winnie had created MSCL. My heart burst ❤️💥remembering Rickie Vasquez 🏳️‍🌈who was gay, it skipped remembering Angela's (annoying at the time because she was strict) mom was the breadwinner, and then hurt watching Rayanne Graff's mom speak up against guns in schools. (Posting that clip in instagram Stories) “Trying to do a television show from inside of a person’s experience was a pretty new thing,” recalls co-producer Marshall Herskovitz. “Television was externalised in a very particular way, and having the subjective point of view of this girl that was not afraid to show her pain, to show her terror, that sort of thing was very new on television – and, I think, in certain ways ahead of its time.” In May of 1995, months after the last episode aired, ABC cancelled Holzman's series due to its “far too narrow” appeal. We need more of what Winnie Holzman gave us, teenage girl protagonists who are smart and independent......Thanks Winnie. Winnie Thankkkkkkkkkk youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. P.S. Also thanks for letting a girl explore their sexuality and not have to be “sexy.” Thanks for putting Angela In boots and plaid. Things I wore!! Thank you thank you....#theunsungheroines #angelachase #jordancatalano #briankrakow #rayannegraff #mscl #MySoCalledLife

@serenawilliams attending Meghan Markles big day 🇬🇧❤️#theunsungheroines #royalwedding

THANK YOU @alanapaterson for this super cool story about ...... “My Grandma Anne never really cared much for rules. In a time when women were “not meant” to do such things she rode motorcycles and wore bikinis. She immigrated to Canada in the 50’s from Scotland and never looked back. She was tough as all hell. Here she is playing baseball with the Neighbour, Mary Crab (back ground). It can be guaranteed my grandma put her up to it. According to legend Mary unfortunately got a black eye a few moments later...” #theunsungheroines

Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect and writer, and the founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine. Her book “Golda Slept Here,” shares the stories of Amiry’s friends whose families were expelled from their homes. Here is an excerpt from a reading she did in DC: "My mother was Syrian so I was familiar with Damascus, and my father was Palestinian and became a refugee in 1948 and lost his house in Jaffa. I lived in the shadow of my father talking about the absence of that house. The house was steps away from the sea, it was a two-story house, and it had a courtyard with a big lemon tree in the middle. As a kid in Amman, I would sit and listen to my father describing his house, and construct in my mind what the house and Palestine looked like. In the end, I think I became an architect because of those two cities: the strong presence of a Damascene mother and the strong images of the old city of Damascus and its alleys, and the absence of my father’s house and country. One was absent, and the other was very present.I realized quickly that we Palestinians never give a name or put a face to the Palestinian story. We are always obsessed with the collective story. We are obsessed with losing a country. But what does it really mean to lose a country? Who relates to a country except for politicians? What’s more powerful: To say, “I lost my country,” or to say, “I lost my home, I lost my school, I lost my books, my brother lost his little dog, my mother lost her books and photo albums, the peasants lost their land and livelihood”? I’ve found that the power of being personal is something that the Palestinian or Arab culture shies away from, but it’s effective. And I, myself, am also in this book. I wanted to tell the story of that very moment when my family ran out of the house. I realized I knew nothing about that chapter of my family life. Nothing. Zero. I knew that we were from Jaffa, I knew that we were refugees -- I knew many, many things, but the trauma of that very moment, of rushing out of your house, was never talked about by our family. Never." VIA scoopempire #theunsungheroines

I was off the grid during mothers day but wanted to repost @kamalaharris post to her mom. 💥❤️💥❤️ "Like many of you, I’m spending today thinking about my mother. She was all of 5 feet, but she could move mountains, as she proved when she crossed an ocean at age 19 to study in America. There’s a photo I cherish of her and one of her best friends in life, my Auntie Lenore, standing in front of a sign that says, “Protest Birmingham atrocities. Write the president.” She and my father met while they were active in the civil rights movement. My sister Maya and I actually joke that we grew up surrounded by a bunch of adults marching and shouting for this thing called justice. We were raised on the stories of the upheaval and activism of the 1960s. My mother became a pioneering breast cancer researcher. She maintained her lab at Lawrence Berkeley until the day she died; she knew that the search for truth was a lifelong effort. From her, I learned to ask questions, gather evidence, and test hypotheses. I learned no idea is too precious to be rigorously examined. I learned how to fight for justice and live a life of conscience, and I think of her every day.” #theunsungheroines

🇯🇴 Samia A. Halaby and her family were expelled from their home in the port city of Yafa (Jaffa) in 1948 with the creation of the Israeli state. They fled to Lebanon, where they resided in Beirut until 1951 and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1959, she received her Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Cincinnati and graduated from Indiana University with a Masters in Fine Art in 1963. Shortly after she went on to hold her first academic teaching position at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri. In 1966, she returned to the Arab world for the first time since being exiled for a long tour of Palestine, Syria, Egypt, and Turkey, where she researched Islamic architecture and geometric abstraction as part of a Faculty Development grant from the Kansas City Art Institute. Since then she has periodically returned to Palestine and the Arab world, where she has worked, conducted research, and exhibited. Her frequent visits have resulted in a number of developments in her work including large bodies of paintings and drawings exploring the visual culture of Palestine and its natural setting. This includes a special documentary set of works on paper titled “ he Kafr Qasem Drawings," an ongoing series that began in 1999 after interviewing survivors and relatives of the victims of the 1956 massacre that occurred in the Palestinian village of Kafr Qasem. Halaby primarily works in abstraction but has also utilized a documentary-style of figurative drawing in more politically oriented works, namely her Kafr Qasm series. She has designed dozens of political posters and banners for various anti-war causes and is featured in the publication “Design of Dissent”. #theunsungheroines

Laila Shawa, born in Gaza, 1940, is a Palestinian ❤️🇯🇴artist whose work has been described as a personal reflection concerning the politics of her country, particularly highlighting perceived injustices and persecution. She is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of the Arabic revolutionary contemporary art scene. As a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip for her formative years and the daughter of Rashad al-Shawa, activist and mayor of Gaza 1971—82, Shawa's revolutionary mindset was inculcated at a young age. Often her artwork, which includes paintings, sculptures, and installations, works with photographs that serve as the base for silkscreen printing. Her work has been internationally exhibited and is displayed in many public (e.g. The British Museum) and private collections. #theunsungheroines

Going ⛺️ camping. No 📱💻. Be back Sunday #theunsungheroines

Can you imagine men being so irritated with you for exploring your passion, riding horses, that you need a full police escort to protect yourself. I remember when I was creating the book GAME CHANGERS and staring at this photo for ages on end….The prelude to Diane Crump’s history making ride at the Hialeah Racetrack included a swarm of angry men who raised their fists in the air and heckled “Go back to the kitchen and cook dinner.” The mob grew, requiring a full police escort to guard the diminutive five foot tall jockey as she walked into the stadium. That day's race made 20 year old Diane the first woman to ever compete in a pari-mutuel (professional gambling) race; it was February 7th, 1969. One year before, two female riders had attempted to compete professionally, but their efforts were gridlocked when the other jockeys threw rocks at the women's changing room trailers and boycotted the race if the women were allowed to compete. The supposed 'fear' was that it would be too dangerous for women to ride alongside men because they would crumble under pressure and endanger both themselves and others. Diane proved the naysayers wrong by finishing in 9th place out of a12 strong field. Two weeks later, Diane returned to the same track and won her first professional race. In 1970, Diane became the first woman to ever participate in the sport's most prominent race, the Kentucky Derby. Years later, on the 20th anniversary of her first Derby ride, Diane was thrown from her horse resulting in devastating injuries that left her bed bound for 4 months. Doctors told her she would never ride again, but Diane defeated the odds and began training again. She finally retired in 1999, telling CNN reporter Sheena McKenzie in 2012: "The mentality in the 1960s was that women weren't smart or strong enough to be jockeys. But I proved that a woman could do the job. . . I like to think I was a little footprint on the path to equality.” #theunsungheroines #derby #equestrian #kentuckyderby #neverthelessshepersisted

In the 1940s, there were only two schools in Westminster, Orange County, CA: Hoover Elementary and 17th Street Elementary. Orange County schools were segregated and the Westminster school district was no exception. The district mandated separate campuses for Hispanics and Whites. Sylvia Mendez and her two brothers, attended Hoover Elementary, a two-room wooden shack. 17th Street Elementary, which was a "Whites-only" segregated school, was located about a mile away. Unlike Hoover, the 17th Street Elementary school was amongst a row of palm and pine trees and had a lawn lining the school's brick and concrete facade. Realizing that the 17th Street Elementary school provided better books and educational benefits, Sylvia's father decided that he would like to have his children enrolled in there. In 1943, when Sylvia Mendez was only eight years old, she accompanied her aunt, her brothers and cousins to enroll at the 17th Street Elementary School. Her aunt was told by school officials, that her children, who had light skin would be permitted to enroll, but that neither Sylvia Mendez nor her brothers would be allowed because they were dark-skinned and had a Hispanic surname. At age eight, she played an instrumental role in the Mendez v. Westminster case, the landmark desegregation case of 1946. The case successfully ended de jure segregation in California and paved the way for integration and the American civil rights movement. Mendez grew up during a time when most southern and southwestern schools were segregated. In the case of California, Hispanics were not allowed to attend schools that were designated for "Whites" only and were sent to the so-called "Mexican schools." Mendez was denied enrollment to a "Whites" only school, an event which prompted her parents to take action and together organized various sectors of the Hispanic community who filed a lawsuit in the local federal court. The success of their action, of which Sylvia was the principal catalyst, would eventually bring to an end the era of segregated education. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by Obama in 2011. Thank you @kamalaharris for posting about her! #theunsungheroines

HIVE MIND. If you had a poster, t-shirt, or some type of memorabilia when you were a kid, with your hero on it, could you please name who it was and what it was printed on? For example mine would be “Bo Jackson - T Shirt.” Thanks. (Don’t judge the shorts) #ifyoucanseeityoucanbeit #theunsungheroines #bojackson

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