Seven Summits

Junko Tabei Junko Tabei (1939 – 2016) was the crazy mountain woman who scaled Mount Everest and the Seven Summits – that’s the tallest mountain on every continent. She was the first woman to accomplish both feats, and she did it in the 60’s – when mountaineering was not a woman’s world. Being female wan’t …

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Five Points

Virginia Apgar Virginia Apgar (1909 – 1974) always believed that being a woman didn’t impact her career – at least, that’s what her National Institutes of Health profile claims.  Privately, though, she was known to express her frustrations with gender inequality.  The facts verify her private opinion – Virginia became an anesthesiologist because no one …

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Ginger Peach Beret

Jeanne Baret Not only a glass-ceiling-shattering explorer, but also a groundbreaking botanist, Jeanne Baret sailed around the world as part of the first French circumnavigation of the globe, led by admiral Louis-Antoine de Bougainville from 1766 to 1769. Her journey was not smooth sailing, however. Because the French Navy did not allow women on their …

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Rani Chai

Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi Manikarnika Tambe was born in November, 1928 in Varanasi India. She was only 4 when her mother died, and her father, a court advisor, was left to raise his children alone.  She learned horsemanship, archery, self defense and shooting – unusual skills for an Indian girl. She was married at …

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Go For Baroque

Artemisia Gentileschi Artemisia Gentileschi’s first known work (which some scholars have attributed, in part, to her father) was painted in 1610, when she was 17 years old. Titled Susanna and the Elders, the work depicts a biblical story in which a fair, pious wife is ogled by a group of lecherous male elders as she …

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