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Photos of Marianne Rubin, 89, and her powerful sign quickly went viral, reminding Americans that the threat of white supremacy is not to be taken lightly. Though Charlottesville was the epicenter of white supremacist rhetoric and rage on Saturday, organized hate exists throughout the country. At least 917 active hate groups are currently operating across the country, according to a February 2017 report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy group. For Rubin, the presence of white supremacist groups in the public arena carries disturbing echoes of her childhood as a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. Rubin remembers Nazi soldiers coming to her apartment when she was six years old and attacking her family. “I knew something bad was happening,” Rubin told HuffPost. “They marched in and they pushed me down. Then they pushed my father down, and I saw him lying there.” The men proceeded to an apartment upstairs, she said, at which point the young Rubin shut and locked the front door. “My father never forgot it, and he thanked me for many days,” she said. Rubin and her parents managed to escape from Germany in the late 1930s, fleeing first to Italy then to France and finally making their way to the U.S. But not all of her family survived. Her grandmother, who initially left Germany with them, went back to try and help other family members escape. She died in the Terezin concentration camp in what was then Czechoslovakia. On seeing the reemergence of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups today, Rubin said: “It sends me beyond belief.” The 89-year-old said she hung up her sign from the rally outside her front door for all to see. Its message, she said, is directed to President Donald Trump. With a fiery spark and a touch of humor, Rubin said she’d like to tell the president: “Fuck you.” via @huffpost #theunsungheroines#boston #fightsupremacy

VIA @theboldandcold ---- Above is Alice Purdy from Glenn Woodsworth, one was on Canada's leading climbers in the 1960s, who wrote this about her: "From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Alice Purdey was the strongest female climber in B.C. and probably in Canada. She started climbing with the Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC) during her university days. She notched a good number of first ascents and new routes in the Coast Mountains, particularly in the Tantalus and Pantheon Ranges and the Pemberton and Ape Lake regions, not to mention half a dozen or so new routes at Squamish. She was on an unsuccessful attempt on the unclimbed north ridge of Logan in 1967. Her biggest climb was an ascent of rarely climbed Mt St Elias in 1971. Alice mostly climbed with friends from the VOC and the BCMC and with Dick Culbert. She and I did a few things together, mostly on a few VOC trips and at Squamish. Here she is on an early ascent of Papoose One with me in the fall of 1965, when the route still had plenty of trees and shrubs for belay purposes. Alice spent some years as a nurse in Hazelton, where she and Fred Douglas became good friends with Tom and Sys Richards. Later she and the family spent many years in Nepal, where she was involved in community health work; eventually Alice and Fred settled in Vancouver. Recently she coauthored the 7th edition of the ever-popular 109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland. Alice and I share a curious family link. During World War II, my parents and I moved to Port Alice on Vancouver Island: my father was the doctor for the entire north part of the Island. Alice was born there, with my father's help. Our mothers became good friends and kept in touch for many, many decades after, although I don't think they ever saw each other again." #theunsungheroines thanks @studiochenoweth !!

Alexandra Danilova was born in Peterhof, Russia, near St. Petersburg, on Nov. 20, 1903, and orphaned when she was a small child. She was brought up by relatives and foster parents. When they discovered that the little girl loved to dance, they wondered if there might be a career in ballet for her, and she was accepted by the Imperial Ballet School in 1911. In 1920, she entered the Maryinsky Ballet, the company now known as the Kirov Ballet. Miss Danilova, who became an American citizen in 1946, was twice married, to Giuseppe Massera in 1934 and to Casimir Kokitch in 1941. Both marriages ended in divorce, and Miss Danilova said in ''Choura,'' her autobiography, which was published in 1986: ''I sacrificed marriage, children and country to be a ballerina, and there was never any misunderstanding on my part: I knew the price.'' She also wrote, ''In a way I regard American audiences as my children, because I helped to educate them.'' Many dancegoers who saw her with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo would agree to that. Miss Danilova gained the reputation of being an artist who was never slack and who gave one-night appearances in tiny villages the same loving care that she bestowed upon seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House. via NYT #theunsungheroines

My aunt gave me this which has become my mantra .  Remember Heather Heyer’s last post before she lost her life to a Nazi: “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.” Please, people start having conversations. White silence = Violence. Stop being complacent. #theunsungheroines

Artist Jackie Ormes was the first African-American woman to write and draw widely distributed comic strips: four different series, published between 1937 and 1956 in black newspapers including The Pittsburgh Courier and The Chicago Defender. Ormes was well ahead of her time; the first black woman to create a syndicated daily strip for mainstream papers was Barbara Brandon-Croft, whose “Where I’m Coming From” didn’t appear until 1989.. Ormes was devoted to leftist causes — the F.B.I. amassed a 287-page file on her, which didn’t mention her cartooning at all — and as the McCarthy red hunts and the civil rights movement gathered steam in the ’50s, the best jokes in “Patty-Jo ’n’ Ginger” were often the most politically pointed. In one 1955 strip, published shortly after 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered for ostensibly whistling at a white woman, Patty-Jo approaches her sister: “I don’t want to seem touchy on the subject, ... but that new little white tea-kettle just whistled at me!” A few months later, Ormes’s drawing style changed dramatically, becoming looser and more awkward, and by the end of 1956, she’d left the comics page for good; nobody is sure why. Very few other women of color have since passed through the professional doors she opened, although the Ormes Society, founded last year, is devoted to raising awareness of black women in the comics industry. Ormes may have realized her dream, but it’s still a dream deferred. via NYT book review on the book Jackie Ormes⠀
by Nancy Goldstein #theunsungheroines

From @hillaryforqueens - "Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to introduce you to Wendy Rydell. A graduate of #OhioState and a sports writer by trade. If you search for her work, you will never find it under that name. Why, you ask? Misogyny, I'm sorry to say. Her publisher, Abelard Schuman refused to publish her work under her actual name because a woman could not write and sell sports as a published author, in his lowly opinion. Therefore, you can find her work under the name Wendell Rydell. ( adding in my @instagram stories so u can see ) Deplorable. Present day, Wendy is still very much the sports enthusiast--- scowling at me when I told her I am a fan of the Yankees. Wendy has a birthday coming up this September 12th. My candidate and I have a standing date with her that evening. We will be cooking for her. She has requested steak - rare with a side of french fries --- hold the vegetables. I'm looking forward to it. She's a pistol." #fdt #imstillwithher #hillaryforqueens #buckeyestate #buckeyes #feminist #feminism #malefeminist #misogyny #sportswriter #trailblazer #gratitude #smashthepatriarchy #isupportstrongwomen #intersectionalfeminism #heroine #theunsungheroines

Heather Heyer⠀

woke up Saturday⠀

Wanting 2 speak⠀

Against hatred⠀

& 4 PEACE⠀

@realDonaldTrump's⠀

RHETORIC⠀

Drove a supporter⠀

2 silence her 4ever.⠀

Via - Edan Clay⠀

#theunsungheroines #charlottesville #heatherheyer

Sent to me from one of the kindest, smartest mom's this morning @ninaberries - while she was shoe shopping for her little one ❤️ Follow in her footsteps ❤️✌🏽 #theunsungheroines

The hatred and antagonism in this country today is literally palpable. I am all for freedom of speech but seeing the news today is grossly toxic. Its no surprise David Duke, the American white nationalist, politician, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, convicted felon, and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan said : "I wasn’t planning on attend this rally, but I felt it was important to support of this movement of young White Americans. I would recommend you, Donald Trump, take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists." 🤢 I hope for our children's sake people get up and start getting more active and work much harder to #resist and create positive change. This is not ok. #charlottesville #theunsungheroines

Elizabeth Jean Peratrovich is from Tlingit nation, and was an important civil rights activist; she worked on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives. In the 1940s, she was credited with advocacy that gained the passage of the territory's Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States. In 1941, while living in Juneau, the Peratroviches found more discrimination, having difficulty finding housing and seeing signs banning Native entry to public facilities. They petitioned the territorial governor, Ernest Gruening, to ban the "No Natives Allowed" signs then common at public accommodations in that city and elsewhere. The Anti-Discrimination Act was defeated by the territorial legislature in 1943. As leaders of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Alaska Native Sisterhood, the Peratroviches lobbied the territory's legislators and represented their organizations in their testimony. Elizabeth Peratrovich was the last to testify before the territorial Senate voted on the bill in 1945, and her impassioned testimony was considered decisive. She said, "I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind gentlemen with five thousand years of recorded civilization behind them, of our Bill of Rights." She was responding to earlier comments by territorial senator Allen Shattuck of Juneau. He had earlier asked, "Who are these people, barely out of savagery, who want to associate with us whites, with 5,000 years of recorded civilization behind us?" The Senate voted 11-5 for House Resolution 14, providing "...full and equal accommodations, facilities, and privileges to all citizens in places of public accommodations within the jurisdiction of the Territory of Alaska; to provide penalties for violation." The bill was signed into law by Governor Gruening, nearly 20 years before the US Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Acts of the territorial legislature required final approval from the U.S. Congress, which affirmed it. #theunsungheroines

Doris Burke 👑 (on shirt) has never spoken a single word to Drake(@champagnepapi). Burke laughs about the shirt now, calling it a sweet gesture, and admitting that Drake made her life a “hell of a lot” more interesting for a few days.... Drake professing his love and admiration for Burke via a shirt on national television wasn’t just a random act or a simple gesture. It was about respect. It’s impossible to follow basketball and not know Burke. She’s been an ESPN broadcaster since March of 1991, covered the WNBA since its inaugural season in 1997, and been a fixture on NBA sidelines since 2003. When Burke began covering NBA games, it was still shocking for some people just to see a woman on the sideline. She has effectively and steadily broken barrier after barrier throughout her entire career, now handling some of the biggest basketball games of the year and still schooling her fellow analysts on ESPN studio shows. She is so sure, so steady, and so knowledgeable during a broadcast that it’s hard to imagine a major basketball broadcast without her. As Jeff Van Gundy called her, she’s “the LeBron James of sportscasters.”...Burke’s basketball prowess landed her a spot on the Manasquan High School girls basketball team in New Jersey... She then went to Providence College.. During her senior year, she led the Big East Conference in assists and was the Providence co-Female Athlete of the Year. It was at Providence that she also got a shot at coaching and, eventually, a chance to break into broadcasting. “I don’t think people realize how hard it is for women and minorities in this industry,” Van Gundy ( a peer) said. “Even 15 years ago, you’d wouldn’t have seen this—a female analyst covering a game. Doris is, in her own way, a pioneer. She helped knock down a barrier and it wasn’t easy. She had to be great. Because if she wasn’t, it wouldn’t have made a difference.” She has thought about the women coming up behind her, though, and how she didn’t want to screw it up for them. #theunsungheroines via Lyndsey D'Arcangelo for Deadspin ⠀

Ellen Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut, and the current Director of the Johnson Space Center. In 1993 Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman in the world to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery. Ochoa is a classical flutist and played with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, receiving the Student Soloist Award. The astronauts were studying the Earth's ozone layer. A veteran of four space flights, Ochoa has logged nearly 1,000 hours in space. She was a mission specialist on STS-56 (1993), was payload commander on STS-66, and was mission specialist and flight engineer on STS-96 and STS-110 in 2002. Ochoa was in Mission Control during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and was one of the first personnel informed of television coverage showing Columbia's disintegration. #theunsungheroines

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