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Women in history you admire

post #1 of 23
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In view of this thread I wondered if there were any women in history that you particularly admired.

For me the people I admire are:Louise Michel
Rosa Luxemburg

It is fairly late now and I will think of some more tomorrow, but would love to hear about the historical females you admire
post #2 of 23
I would say Jane Austen. Women weren't meant to be strong willed and independant in her time or to be able to choose who they wanted to marry and couldn't have relationships across classes. Also female authors weren't very big or much approved of. So i love that she went over those boundaries and so many people love her work. I have all her books
post #3 of 23
oh..
Umm Emily Dickinson.
her poety has moved me since i was a young girl. she was delicate, secluded, and could write her pants off!
post #4 of 23
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oh..
Umm Emily Dickinson.
her poety has moved me since i was a young girl. she was delicate, secluded, and could write her pants off!
Too late for that...they didn't wear pants in her time
post #5 of 23
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Too late for that...they didn't wear pants in her time
ahh well she could write her...many layered dress off
post #6 of 23
Well, not a big fan of her show, but Oprah. From humble beginnings to great success, and a good citizen of the planet as well.
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Well, not a big fan of her show, but Oprah. From humble beginnings to great success, and a good citizen of the planet as well.
I couldn't agree more, Neet. She is an inspiration to so many people!
post #8 of 23
Wilma Rudolph
post #9 of 23
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton - 2 of the founding women of the U.S. suffragette movement. Elizabeth was the brains and Susan was the face to the nation.
post #10 of 23
Rosa Parks

Harriet Tubman

Someone mentioned Emily Dickinson, I like her lots too. She was a crazy lady and I appreciate that.
post #11 of 23
Elizabeth Blackwell, first female to attend med school "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"
post #12 of 23
Oprah's pretty cool, and I've liked Emily Dickinson since I did a project on her in the fourth grade.
post #13 of 23
Virginia Woolf.
post #14 of 23
Rosa Parks

Mother Theresa

Sandra Day O'Connor
post #15 of 23
Gloria Steinham. I'm proud to say that I met her, shook her hand, and thanked her for shaping my upbringing.
post #16 of 23
Lady Godiva... she was bold.
post #17 of 23
Ayn Rand

Katherine Hepburn

Helen Keller
post #18 of 23
Susannah Martin. Who was hung during the witch trials. I admire her because she stuck to her guns and was not afraid to voice her opinion.

Here's an article about her that I wrote.

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Susannah Martin
Susannah Martin of Amesbury, Mass was born in Ramsey H. England. She was baptized in Olney, Buckinghamshire England September 30, 1621. Her parents were Richard and Joan (Bartram) North. Susannah was a young girl when her mother died, and afterward her father took another wife and moved to America. Susannah met and married George Martin; a blacksmith by profession. They married august 11, 1646 at Salisbury, MA.



During Susannah’s lifetime she was accused of being a witch on three different occasions. The first arrest was in 1661, however the magistrates did not pursue the charge in court. The second was for the same charge in 1669. Again she was let go because the evidence was not substantial. When the Salem, Mass hysteria broke out in 1692, it was inevitable that she was again accused. By this time her neighbors were so upset with her because she had such a violent and uncontrollable temper.



On may 2, she was taken to Ingersills Tavern in Salem Village for examination. She was later tried on June 29th session of court. During the trial it is said that she laughed out loud at the afflicted persons as they writhed about the floor in great pain. Their pain they said was because of Susannah’s bewitching arts. She later stated in her testimony that she did not think the afflicted were bewitched, and stated “If they be dealing in black arts, ye know as well as I.â€



Many of her neighbors came to court to testify to her bewitching arts. Among them were James Allen of Salisbury. He stated that he refused to help Susannah cart wooden staves because his oxen were too tired. She angrily shouted “It has been as good if you had for your oxen should never do you much more service.†James Allen then on his way home had to unyoke one of his oxen because the animal was so exhausted. The following day he drove the oxen to Salisbury Beach so they could rest. When he returned two days later, his oxen had disappeared; later finding out that they had drowned.



Multiple neighbors came to court and testified against Susannah. All the while Susannah stuck to her faith. Knowing that if she admitted she was a witch, she would safe her life.· At the trials end, Susannah Martin, at the age of 71, was found guilty and sentenced to hange on July 19, 1692 along with Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wilds.



During the entire witchcraft hysteria in Salem, 400 plus people went through the horror of being accused of witchcraft. Only 19 were hanged and one man pressed to death. On May 1693, all the people accused of witchcraft that were still jailed were released after jail and court costs were paid. This finally put an end to the hysteria of 1692.



· The sentence would have been life in prison if she had confessed.
post #19 of 23
She's been said before, but Rosa Parks because I love when people stand up for themselves!
post #20 of 23
Glad to see Rosa Parks getting a mention

I''m opting for the Scottish journalist Ethel McDonald who fought for workers rights in the Spanish Civil war before being imprisoned under Franco's reign
post #21 of 23
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I would say Jane Austen. Women weren't meant to be strong willed and independant in her time or to be able to choose who they wanted to marry and couldn't have relationships across classes. Also female authors weren't very big or much approved of. So i love that she went over those boundaries and so many people love her work. I have all her books
She tops my list as well.
post #22 of 23
Princess Diana - she was always there to step in and help others no matter ailment they had

I also love Jane Austen. Pride and predijuce is my favortie book/DVD.
post #23 of 23
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Princess Diana - she was always there to step in and help others no matter ailment they had

I also love Jane Austen. Pride and predijuce is my favortie book/DVD.
Yes - I have always admired Princess Diana! She was a wonderful, inspiring soul that was with us for too short a period.
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