Tawakul Karman, a 32-year-old mother of three and chair of Women Journalists Without Chains — a Yemeni group that defends human rights and freedom of expression. Karman has been protesting in front of Sana'a University, in the nation's capital, every Tuesday since 2007. She insists upon a peaceful approach to bring about change. Still, she has been arrested several times, including in January, when protests broke out across Yemen, where 40% of the 23 million citizens live on $2 a day or…
10 mujeres que no están en los libros de texto (y deberían)
In 1930-at at time when women still weren’t allowed to vote--Prudencia Ayala (1885-1936), of indigenous heritage, ran for president of El Salvador, making her the 1st woman in Latin America to do so. She ran on women’s rights, suffrage, recognition of illegitimate children, public corruption, support of labor unions, & freedom of religion. The Supreme Court of El Salvador declared her campaign unconstitutional & denied her the right to run. Women were allowed to vote in El Salvador in 1950.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, 1961. Joan, a 19 year old Freedom Rider, was sentenced to two months in prison for her involvement in the integration of a Jackson, Mississippi bound train. She served more than the required two months because each addition day reduced her $200 fine by $3. In the Fall of 1961, Joan transferred from Duke University to historically black Tougaloo Southern Christian College because she felt integration should be a two way street.
Fanny Lou Hamer. Born in 1917 to poor sharecroppers with 19 other children. She dropped out of school in 3rd grade but self taught. She became a prominent civil rights activist, ran for Congress, and mentored countless other women in the civil rights movement.
Aung San Suu Kyi--winner of the Nobel Prize and a Burmese advocate for peace and liberty, she's spent years and years under arrest. A woman of incredible spirit and courage. Hope we and she live 'til that day when she's president of Burma, the way Nelson Mandela emerged from prison to lead South Africa.