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Carmen Perez

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Carmen Perez

Carmen Beatrice Perez (born January 21, 1977) is an activist who has worked on issues of civil rights, including mass incarceration, women’s rights and gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing.[1] She is the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice. She was one of four national co-chairs of the 2017 Women's March. Early learning and education Perez was born in Oxnard, California, to Marcel Perez and Alicia Ramirez Perez.[2] The youngest of five siblings, she grew up playing basketball,[3] softball, and running track as well as dancing hip hop. In 1994, her sister Patricia was killed in a single vehicle accident and the funeral coincided with Perez’s 17th birthday.[4] Perez has said it was her sister’s death that inspired her to dedicate her life to initiatives that would help transform the lives of young people.[1] “I remember somebody coming to our home, asking if we wanted to press charges. And my father said ‘I would never take another mother’s child away,’” Perez ...more...

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Phyllis Schlafly

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Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis McAlpin Schlafly (; née Stewart; August 15, 1924 – September 5, 2016) was an American constitutional lawyer, movement conservative, and conservative. She held staunchly conservative social and political views, supported antifeminism, opposed abortion, and successfully campaigned against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Her book, A Choice Not an Echo (1964), a polemic against Republican leader Nelson Rockefeller, sold more than three million copies. Schlafly co-authored books on national defense and was critical of arms control agreements with the Soviet Union.[2] In 1972, Schlafly founded the Eagle Forum, a conservative political interest group, and remained its chairwoman and CEO until her death in 2016. Background Schlafly was born Phyllis McAlpin Stewart, and born and raised in St. Louis. During the Great Depression, Schlafly's father faced long-term unemployment, and her mother entered the labor market. Mrs. Stewart was able to keep the family afloat and maint ...more...

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Ann Coulter

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Ann Coulter

Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961)[2] is an American far-right[3][4][5][6] conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. Born in New York City, Coulter was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. She deepened her conservative interests while studying history at Cornell University, where she helped found The Cornell Review. She subsequently embarked on a career as a law clerk before rising to prominence in the 1990s as an outspoken critic of the Clinton administration. Her first book concerned the Bill Clinton impeachment, and sprang from her experience writing legal briefs for Paula Jones's attorneys, as well as columns she wrote about the cases.[7] Coulter's syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate appears in newspapers, and is featured on conservative websites. Coulter has written 12 best-selling books. Early life Coulter as a senior in high school, 1980 Ann Hart Coulter was born on December 8, 1961, in New York City, to John Vincent Coulter (1926–20 ...more...

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Ilhan Omar

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Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (born October 4, 1981) is a Somali-American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2019. The district includes all of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs. Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 on the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party line, making her the first Somali American elected to legislative office in the United States.[1] She was also the first naturalized citizen from Africa and first Somali-American elected to the United States Congress. Along with Rashida Tlaib, she was one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and is the first minority woman to serve as a U.S. representative from Minnesota.[2][3][4] A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Omar has advocated for a living wage, affordable housing and healthcare, student loan debt forgiveness, the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the abolition of ICE. She has strongly opposed the immigration policies o ...more...

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Brigitte Gabriel

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Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel (Arabic: بريجيت غابرييل‎; born Hanan Qahwaji,[3] 21 October 1964) is a Lebanese-American conservative author, anti-Islam activist,[4][5][6][7] and founder of the anti-Muslim group ACT! for America. Early life and education Brigitte Gabriel was born in the Marjeyoun District of Lebanon to a Maronite Christian couple, a first and only child after over twenty years of marriage.[8] She says that during the Lebanese Civil War, Islamic militants launched an assault on a Lebanese military base near her family's house and destroyed her home. Gabriel, who was ten years old at the time, was injured by shrapnel in the attack.[2][9] She says that she and her parents were forced to live underground in all that remained, an 8-by-10-foot (2.4 by 3.0 m) bomb shelter for seven years, with only a small kerosene heater, no sanitary systems, no electricity or running water, and little food.[10] She says she had to crawl in a roadside ditch to a spring for water to evade Muslim snipers.[10][11][12] At one poin ...more...

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Candace Owens

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Candace Owens

Candace Owens (born April 29, 1989)[1] is an American conservative[2][3][4] commentator and political activist. She is known for her pro-Trump stance and her criticism of Black Lives Matter and of the Democratic Party.[5][6][7] She is the Director of Communications at the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA. Early life and education She is African-American and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut,[2] Owens is a graduate of Stamford High School.[8] She was raised by her grandparents after her parents divorced.[2] In 2007, while a senior in high school, Owens received threatening racist phone calls that were traced to a car in which the 14-year-old son of then mayor Dannel Malloy was present. Owens' family sued the Stamford Board of Education in federal court alleging that the city did not protect her rights, resulting in a $37,500 settlement.[8][9] Owens was pursuing an undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Rhode Island but left school after her junior year.[2] Afterwards, she worke ...more...

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Cher

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Cher

Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Commonly referred to by the media as the Goddess of Pop,[1] she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her six-decade-long career. Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher after their song "I Got You Babe" reached number one on the American and British charts. By the end of 1967, they had sold 40 million records worldwide and had become, according to Time magazine, rock's "it" couple.[2] She began her solo career simultaneously, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". She became a television personality in the 1970s with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its th ...more...

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Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Ray Hemsworth[2] (née Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood, she became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, also starred on the series, which aired for four seasons until 2011. Cyrus has earned three number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 with Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), Breakout (2008), and Bangerz (2013). Her releases The Time of Our Lives (2009), Can't Be Tamed (2010), and Younger Now (2017) debuted in the top-five in the United States, while her album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015) was released for free online streaming on SoundCloud. Further, Cyrus has attained an additional two number-one and three top-ten soundtracks credited as Hannah Montana. She has also earned nine top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100: "See You Again ...more...

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Margaret Hoover

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Margaret Hoover

Margaret Claire Hoover (born December 11, 1977) is an American conservative political commentator, political strategist, media personality, feminist, gay rights activist, author, and great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. President.[1] She is the best-selling author of the book American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party, published by Crown Forum in July 2011.[2] Hoover is currently host of PBS's reboot of the conservative interview show Firing Line.[3] Early life Hoover was born in Colorado, the daughter of Jean (Williams), a flight attendant, and Andrew Hoover, a mining engineer.[4][5] Hoover received primary education at Graland Country Day School, an independent co-educational day school in Denver, Colorado.[6] She earned a B.A. in Spanish literature with a minor in political science from Bryn Mawr College in 2001.[7][8] She also attended Davidson College for two years, where she was a member of Warner Hall.[9] Career Hoover worked in the ...more...

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Kesha

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Kesha

Kesha Rose Sebert (born March 1, 1987; formerly stylized as Ke$ha) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to Kemosabe Records. Her first major success came in early 2009 after she was featured on American rapper Flo Rida's number-one single "Right Round". Kesha's music and image propelled her to immediate success. She has earned earned two number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 with Animal (2010) and Rainbow (2017), and the number-six record Warrior (2012). She has attained ten top-ten singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including "Blah Blah Blah", "Your Love Is My Drug", "Take It Off", "Blow", "Die Young", "My First Kiss" with 3OH!3, and the chart-topping "Tik Tok", "We R Who We R", "Right Round" with Flo Rida, and "Timber" with Pitbull. "Tik Tok", at one point, was the best-selling digital single in history, selling over 16.5 million units internationally. She has written songs for other artists, including "Till the World Ends" for Britney Spears. ...more...

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Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actress and philanthropist. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records, and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. The album was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial success, spawning successful singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", and "Diary", and selling eight million copies worldwide.[1] The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards.[2] Her duet "My Boo" with Usher became her second number-one single in 2004. Keys released ...more...

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Cassandra Peterson

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Cassandra Peterson

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV wearing a revealing, black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Elvira's Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance is offset by her comical character, quirky and quick-witted personality, and Valley girl-type speech. Early life Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas. She grew up near Randolph, Kansas, until the area was flooded to create Tuttle Creek Reservoir; her family then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. When Peterson was a toddler, she was burned by boiling water and required skin grafts over 35% of her body, and spent three months in the hospital.[1] According to a 2011 interview, Peterson states that as a child, she was more fascinated by horror-themed toys while other girls were occupied with Barbie dolls.[2] During her teens, Peterson ...more...

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Laverne Cox

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBT advocate.[2][3][4] She rose to prominence with her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category,[5][6] and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award since composer Angela Morley in 1990.[7] In 2015, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Special Class Special as executive producer for Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,[8][9] making her the first openly transgender woman to win the award.[8] In 2017, she became the first transgender person to play a transgender series regular on broadcast TV as Cameron Wirth on CBS's Doubt.[10] Cox appeared as a contestant on the first season of VH1's reality show I Want to Work for Diddy, and co-produced and co-hosted the VH1 makeover television series TRANSform Me. In April 2014, Cox was honored by GLAAD with its Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her work as an advocate for the transgender communit ...more...

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Lena Dunham

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Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham (; born May 13, 1986) is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is known as the creator, writer, and star of the HBO television series Girls (2012–2017), for which she received several Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe Awards.[1][2] Dunham also directed several episodes of Girls and became the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series.[3] Prior to Girls, Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in the semi-autobiographical independent film Tiny Furniture (2010), for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.[4][5] In 2013, Dunham was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.[6] In 2014, Dunham released her first book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned".[7] In 2015, along with Girls showrunner Jenni Konner, Dunham created the publication Lenny Letter, a feminist online newsletter.[8][9] The publication folded in late 2018. ...more...

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Amber Heard

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Amber Heard

Amber Laura Heard (born April 22, 1986)[3] is an American actress. She made her film debut in 2004 in the sports drama Friday Night Lights. After small roles in North Country and Alpha Dog, Heard played her first leading role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) and appeared in The CW television show Hidden Palms (2007). Heard's breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express. She received the Breakthrough Award at Young Hollywood Awards. Her appearance in films such as The Informers, The Stepfather, Zombieland, and The Joneses brought her further attention. She next starred in John Carpenter's The Ward, alongside Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry, and alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary, for which she won a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. In 2014 she appeared in 3 Days to Kill, and in 2015 in Magic Mike XXL and The Danish Girl. She played Mera in the superhero films Justice League (2017) and Aquaman (2018) and will reprise her role as Mera again in Aquaman 2 (202 ...more...

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Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda

Jane Seymour Fonda[1] (born December 21, 1937)[2] is an American actress, writer, producer, political activist, fitness guru, and former fashion model. She is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and the Honorary Golden Lion.[3] Born to actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Ford Seymour, Fonda made her acting debut with the 1960 Broadway play There Was a Little Girl, for which she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, and made her screen debut later the same year with the romantic comedy Tall Story. She rose to prominence in 1960s with such films as Period of Adjustment (1962), Sunday in New York (1963), Cat Ballou (1965), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and Barbarella (1968). Her first husband was Barbarella director Roger Vadim. A seven-time Academy Award nominee, she received her first nomination for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and ...more...

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Cecilia Suyat Marshall

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Cecilia Suyat Marshall

Cecilia "Cissy" Suyat Marshall (born July 20, 1928) is an American Civil Rights activist and historian from Hawaii. She is of Filipino descent. Her life is featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian and she was recorded by the Library of Congress regarding her experiences with civil rights in the United States. In the 1940s and 1950s, she served as a stenographer and private secretary for the NAACP in Washington D.C. and was married to Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, from 1955 until his death in 1993. Biography Cecilia "Cissy" Suyat was born in Pu'unene, Maui in Hawaii on July 20, 1928.[1] Her parents immigrated from the Philippines in 1910.[1] Her father owned a printing company and her mother died when she was young. She was raised in Hawaii with many siblings.[2][3] Suyat moved to New York City to live with her maternal uncle and aunt, on the advice of her father,[1][4] before starting work for the NAACP in Washing ...more...

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Tiffany Darwish

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Tiffany Darwish

Tiffany Renee Darwish (born October 2, 1971), simply known by her mononym Tiffany, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and former teen icon. She is most notable for her 1987 cover of "I Think We're Alone Now,” a song originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells in 1967. Released as the second single from her eponymous album, Tiffany, the song quickly became a teen anthem.[1] Thanks to an original mall tour, "The Beautiful You: Celebrating The Good Life Shopping Mall Tour '87", Tiffany found commercial success;[2] both the single and the album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts, respectively. The singles "Could've Been" and "I Saw Him Standing There", a cover version of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There", followed soon after, with the former also claiming the No. 1 position on the Hot 100. Although Tiffany's second album, Hold an Old Friend's Hand, managed to yield a top-10 single and chart in the upper register of the Billboard 200 in 1988, and ultimately b ...more...

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Anne Rice

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Anne Rice

Anne Rice[2] (born October 4, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotic literature. She is perhaps best known for her series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the central character of Lestat. Books from The Vampire Chronicles were the subject of two film adaptations, Interview with the Vampire in 1994, and Queen of the Damned in 2002. Born in New Orleans, Rice spent much of her early life there before moving to Texas, and later to San Francisco. She was raised in an observant Catholic family, but became an agnostic as a young adult. She began her professional writing career with the publication of Interview with the Vampire in 1976, while living in California, and began writing sequels to the novel in the 1980s. In the mid-2000s, following a publicized return to Catholicism, Rice published the novels Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, fictionalized accounts of certain incidents in the life of Jesus. Several years later ...more...

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Tourmaline (activist)

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Tourmaline (activist)

Tourmaline (formerly known as Reina Gossett)[1][3] is an activist, filmmaker and writer based in New York City, currently the 2016–2018 Activist-in-Residence at Barnard Center for Research on Women.[4] She is a transgender woman who identifies as queer.[2] Tourmaline is most notable for her work in transgender activism and economic justice, through her work with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Critical Resistance and Queers for Economic Justice.[5] In 2017, she edited the book Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility,[6] with co-editors Eric A. Stanley and Johanna Burton. The book is part of a series called Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture by MIT Press.[7] Early life Tourmaline grew up in a feminist household in Massachusetts. Her mother is a union organizer and her father is a self-defense instructor and anti-imprisonment advocate. Her sibling Che Gossett is a scholar studying AIDS activism and anti HIV criminalization work.[8] Tourmaline and Che went to a bilingual elemen ...more...

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Elaine Brown

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Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown (born March 2, 1943) is an American prison activist, writer, singer, and former Black Panther Party chairwoman who is based in Oakland, California.[1] Brown briefly ran for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2008.[2] She currently lives in Oakland, California. Early life Elaine Brown grew up in the inner city of North Philadelphia with her mother Dorothy Clark and an absent father. Despite desperate poverty, Brown’s mother worked hard to provide for Elaine’s private schooling, music lessons, and nice clothing. During her childhood, she studied classical piano and ballet for many years at a predominantly white experimental elementary school. As a young woman, Elaine had very few African-American friends and instead spent most of her time with her white friends. After graduating from Philadelphia High School for Girls, a public preparatory school for gifted young women, she studied at Temple University for less than a semester. After withdrawing from Temple, Brown moved to Los Angeles, Ca ...more...

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Laci Green

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Laci Green

Laci Green (born October 18, 1989)[2] is an American YouTuber.[3][4] Her content focuses on sex education; Green also hosts Braless, the first MTV YouTube channel, as part of a 12-week deal with MTV. The first episode aired November 4, 2014.[5] In 2016, Time named her one of the 30 most influential people on the Internet.[6] In 2017, she celebrated her tenth anniversary on YouTube.[7] Early life and education Green was born in Utah.[8] Her mother is a Mormon from a small American town, and her father, from a Muslim family, is from Iran.[9] When she was two years old, her family moved to Portland, Oregon,[8] and when she was twelve, they moved to California for her father's job.[8] As she grew older she began to question the Mormon faith because of its strict gender roles and expectations of her as a woman. Growing up, Green was interested in theater and was supported by her mother, who owns a theater company. In 2011, Green graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in l ...more...

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Laura Loomer

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Laura Loomer

Laura Elizabeth Loomer (born May 21, 1993) is a far-right[a] American political activist, conspiracy theorist, and Internet personality. She was a reporter for Canadian far-right website The Rebel Media during the summer of 2017, resigning that September.[1][2][3][4][5] Prior to June 2017, she worked for Project Veritas with James O'Keefe.[2] Early life Loomer was raised in Arizona. She attended Mount Holyoke College and, after transferring schools, graduated from Barry University[6] with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.[7] She is Jewish.[8] Views Loomer has described herself as a nationalist, and has described immigration as a threat to American heritage.[9] Fortune has described Loomer as a "far-right provocateur".[10] Loomer has denounced the alt-right, and has publicly repudiated white supremacist Richard B. Spencer, who coined the term, and has refused to share a stage with him. Loomer has received anti-semitic threats and harassment from the alt-right following this dispute.[8] Despite ...more...

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Mahalia Jackson

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Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson ( mə-HAY-lee-ə; October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice,[2] she was referred to as "The Queen of Gospel".[1][3][4] She became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist.[5] She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as "the single most powerful black woman in the United States".[5] She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen "golds"—million-sellers. "I sing God's music because it makes me feel free", Jackson once said about her choice of gospel, adding, "It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues."[6] Early life She was born on October 26, 1911, as Mahala Jackson and nicknamed "Halie". Jackson grew up in the Black Pearl section of the Carrollton neighborhood of uptown New Orleans. The three-room dwelling on Pitt Street housed thirte ...more...

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Ani DiFranco

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Ani DiFranco

Angela Maria "Ani" DiFranco (; born September 23, 1970) is an American singer, musician, poet, songwriter, and activist.[3] She has released more than 20 albums.[4][5][6][7] DiFranco has received positive feedback from critics for much of her career. DiFranco's music has been classified as folk rock and alternative rock, although it has additional influences from punk, funk, hip hop and jazz. She has released all her albums on her own record label, Righteous Babe, giving her significant creative freedom. DiFranco supports many social and political movements by performing benefit concerts, appearing on benefit albums and speaking at rallies. Through the Righteous Babe Foundation DiFranco has backed grassroots cultural and political organizations supporting causes including abortion rights and LGBT visibility. She counts American folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger among her mentors.[8] Early life and education DiFranco was born in Buffalo, New York,[9] the daughter of Elizabeth (Ross) and Dante Americo ...more...

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Lady Miss Kier

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Kierin Magenta Kirby (born August 15, 1963), better known as Lady Miss Kier, is an American singer, DJ, fashion icon, and activist. She was the vocalist for the internationally acclaimed band Deee-Lite, followed by a career as a DJ and solo songwriter. She is also known widely for her social, environmental, and human-rights activism. Early life Kirby was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She spent time in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she attended Kempsville High School, and Washington, D.C.; in 1982, at age 19, she settled in New York City to pursue a career in fashion design. She briefly attended the Fashion Institute of Technology to study textile design. She supported herself as a waitress, bartender, coat checker, bathroom attendant, go-go dancer, and art gallery receptionist while concentrating on design. Music career Deee-Lite In 1986, Kirby met Ukrainian-born Dmitry Brill ("Supa DJ Dmitry") in New York, when she made him silver platform boots and a glitter blue sp ...more...

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Wilma Mankiller

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Wilma Mankiller

Wilma Pearl Mankiller (Cherokee name: A-ji-luhsgi Asgaya-dihi, November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) was an activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, she lived on her family's allotment in Adair County, Oklahoma, until the age of 11, when her family relocated to San Francisco as part of a federal government program to urbanize Native Americans. After high school, she married a well-to-do Ecuadorian and raised two daughters. Inspired by the social and political movements of the 1960s, Mankiller became involved in the Occupation of Alcatraz and later participated in the land and compensation struggles with the Pit River Tribe. For five years in the early 1970s, she was employed as a social worker, focusing mainly on children's issues. Returning to Oklahoma in the fall of 1976, Mankiller was hired by the Cherokee Nation as an economic stimulus coordinator. She progressed into grant writing and by the ear ...more...

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Mary Harris Jones

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Mary Harris Jones

Mary G. Harris Jones (baptized 1837;[1][2] died 1930), known as Mother Jones, was an Irish-born American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent organized labor representative, community organizer, and activist. She helped coordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World. Jones worked as a teacher and dressmaker, but after her husband and four children all died of yellow fever in 1867 and her dress shop was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, she became an organizer for the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers union. From 1897 onwards, she was known as Mother Jones. In 1902, she was called "the most dangerous woman in America" for her success in organizing mine workers and their families against the mine owners. In 1903, to protest the lax enforcement of the child labor laws in the Pennsylvania mines and silk mills, she organized a children's march from Philadelphia to the home of President Theodore Roosevelt in New York. Early life The Mother Jones ...more...

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Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe Robinson (;[8] born December 1, 1985)[9] is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as her own imprint, the Wondaland Arts Society. After her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase).[10] In 2010, through Bad Boy Records, Monáe released her first full-length studio album, The ArchAndroid, a concept album and sequel to her first EP.[11][12] In 2011, Monáe featured as a guest vocalist on fun.'s single "We Are Young", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, marking her first appearance on the chart and garnering her a wider audience. In August 2012, Monáe became a CoverGirl spokeswoman. Her second studio album, The Electric Lady, was released in September 2013 and peaked inside the top 5 of the Billboard 200 chart, serving as the fourth and fifth installments of her seven-part Metropolis concept series.[13] In 2016, Monáe made her theatrical fi ...more...

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Tammy Faye Messner

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Tammy Faye Messner

Tamara Faye Messner (née LaValley, formerly Bakker; March 7, 1942 – July 20, 2007) was an American Christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality. She initially gained notice for her work with The PTL Club, a televangelist program she co-founded with her then-husband Jim Bakker in 1974. Prior to founding The PTL Club, they had hosted their own puppet show series for local programming in Minnesota in the early 1970s, and Messner also had a career as a recording artist. In 1978, she and Bakker built Heritage USA, a Christian theme park. Messner would garner significant publicity when Jim Bakker was indicted, convicted, and imprisoned on numerous counts of fraud and conspiracy in 1989, resulting in the dissolution of The PTL Club. After divorcing Bakker in 1992, she remarried to Roe Messner. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1996, of which she suffered intermittently for over a decade before dying of the disease in 2007. Over the course of her career, Messne ...more...

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Franchesca Ramsey

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Franchesca Ramsey

Franchesca Ramsey (born November 29, 1983), also known as Chescaleigh, is an American comedian, activist, television and YouTube personality, and actress, who has appeared on MTV and MSNBC.[1][2][3][4][5] She gained media fame quickly after her YouTube commentary on racial issues went viral, and she built a career as a writer, producer, and performer based on her unintended activism, being thrust into a role as an advisor or coach on social issues.[6][7] Early life and education Ramsey was born November 29, 1983. She is an only child who grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. She was using computers early, having a website in high school during the 1990s.[7] She attended a performing arts high school, and studied graphic design in college, after trying acting but finding it emotionally painful, and even "abusive".[7] She moved to New York City in 2009 to study law on a scholarship to St. John's University.[7] Career YouTube Ramsey had been working in graphic design at Ann Taylor when her 2012 YouTube video ...more...

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Esmeralda Simmons

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Esmeralda Simmons

Esmeralda Simmons is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.[1] Simmons founded the center in 1986.[2] In 2014 she was named a New York State Woman Of Distinction,[3] and in 2018 she received the Haywood Burns Award from the New York State Bar Association.[4] Simmons has served in public service at the city, state, and federal levels: in the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, as an assistant Attorney General for the state of New York, as the first deputy state commissioner of human rights for New York state, and as the vice chairman of a New York city commission for redrawing city council district lines. In 1993, she was appointed to the New York City Board of Education by mayor David Dinkins.[5] Early life and education Raised in Brooklyn by parents who had immigrated from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, Simmons cites the "culture shock" of moving from public housing in a predomina ...more...

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Hydeia Broadbent

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Hydeia Broadbent

Hydeia Broadbent (born 14 June 1984) is a United-States-based HIV/AIDS activist.[1] Early life Broadbent was born in 1984 with HIV.[2][3] She was adopted at 6 weeks old, and her adoptive parents, Loren and Patricia Broadbent, found out she had HIV three years after her adoption.[2] Not much was known about Hydeia, as her birth mother left her at a Las Vegas hospital. The hospital called Hydeia's adoptive parents, as Hydeia's birth mother had given birth at the same hospital to another child and left him there, and both mother and child tested positive for HIV. The Broadbents tested Hydeia soon after, and she tested positive for HIV. Her adoptive mother signed her up for a research trial to hopefully find a treatment that would work for Hydeia. Growing up, Hydeia regularly had brain and blood infections, pneumonia, and fungal infections in her brain.[1][4] It was predicted that she would not survive childhood, and would die at the age of 5.[2] She survived, however, but when she was five she developed AIDS.[ ...more...

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Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Devi Harris ( KAH-mə-lə;[1] born October 20, 1964) is an American attorney and politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from California since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017, and as the 27th District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. On January 21, 2019, she officially announced her campaign to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election. Harris was born in Oakland, California, and is a graduate of Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In the 1990s, she worked in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and the City Attorney of San Francisco's office. In 2004, she was elected District attorney of San Francisco. Harris was narrowly elected as California's Attorney General in 2010 and was reelected in 2014 by a wide margin. On November 8, 2016, she defeated Loretta Sa ...more...

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Cyndi Lauper

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Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist.[2][3] Her career has spanned over 40 years.[3] Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night"—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one single "True Colors" and "Change of Heart", which peaked at number three. Since 1989, Lauper has released nine studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues, became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for best original score for composing t ...more...

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Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lynn Lopez[2] (born July 24, 1969) is an American singer, actress, dancer and producer. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. For her first leading role in the 1997 Selena biopic of the same name, Lopez received a Golden Globe nomination and became the first Latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film. She went on to star in Anaconda (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), later establishing herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood.[3] Lopez ventured into the music industry with her debut studio album On the 6 (1999), which helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. With the simultaneous release of her second studio album J.Lo and her romantic comedy The Wedding Planner in 2001, Lopez became the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week. Her 2002 remix album, J to tha L–O! The Remixes, became the first in history to debut at number one ...more...

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Halsey (singer)

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane ([2] born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey ,[3] is an American singer and songwriter. After gaining attention from self-released music on social media platforms, she was signed by Astralwerks in 2014. She then released her debut EP, Room 93, in October 2014, and toured with larger acts to promote it. Halsey's debut studio album, Badlands, was released in 2015. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Badlands released three new singles, all of which were certified platinum and achieved minor commercial success; it also produced a rereleased single, which was certified gold. To promote the album, Halsey embarked on her debut headlining world tour. In 2017, Halsey released her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album consisted of more "radio friendly" music than her prior releases; it produced the sin ...more...

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Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag;[a] June 9, 1981) is a film actress, producer, writer, and director with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Portman made her feature film debut as Mathilda, the young protégée of a hitman, in Léon: The Professional (1994). While still in high school, she gained international recognition for starring as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and received critical acclaim for playing a precocious teenager in the comedy-drama Anywhere but Here (1999). From 1999 to 2003, Portman attended Harvard University for a bachelor's degree in psychology. She continued acting while at university, starring in The Public Theater's 2001 revival of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull and the sequel Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). In 2004, Portman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for p ...more...

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Jeannie I. Rosoff

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Jeannie I. Rosoff

Jeannie I. Rosoff (Nov 8, 1924-May 12, 2014) was a US campaigner for reproductive rights.[1] Institute and program Rosoff was the President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute. She focused on the needs of low-income and disadvantaged groups[2] and worked on the creation of the Title X program. She served with distinction as a private-sector member of the US delegation to the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.[3] Presidential recognition When Rosoff retired in 1999, President Bill Clinton sent his congratulations in a letter that said, in part, “Through three decades of challenge and change, you have been a steadfast champion of reproductive rights, particularly for the young and disadvantaged. You can be proud to know that your efforts have improved the lives and health of women and their families across America and around the world.”[3] Articles and awards She is the author of many articles on family planning, women’s rights, population and government programs. She has rec ...more...

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Brooke Shields

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Brooke Shields

Brooke Christa Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and model. She was initially a child model and gained critical acclaim at age 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle's film Pretty Baby (1978), in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. Shields garnered widespread notoriety in the role, and she continued to model into her late teenage years and starred in several dramas in the 1980s, including The Blue Lagoon (1980), and Franco Zeffirelli's Endless Love (1981). In 1983, Shields suspended her career as a model to attend Princeton University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Romance Languages.[1] In the 1990s, Shields returned to acting and appeared in minor roles in films. She also starred in the NBC sitcoms Suddenly Susan (1996-2000), for which she received two Golden Globe nominations, and Lipstick Jungle (2008-2009).[2] In 2017, Shields returned to NBC with a major recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the ...more...

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Cortney Lollar

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Cortney Lollar

Cortney E. Lollar is the James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky. She focuses on criminal law and criminal procedure, with particular attention to the intersections of criminal law, remedies, race, gender, sexuality, and social science. She publishes on the mistreatment of impoverished women and women-of-color by the court systems.[1] In 1997, Lollar graduated magna cum laude at Brown University and earned her Juris Doctor degree from New York University in 2002.[2] On March 2013, Lollar testified before the Department of Defense’s Judicial Proceedings Panel in Washington, D.C to review and assess the judicial proceedings conducted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice involving adult sexual assault and related offenses.[3] Lollar is against relying on the criminal system to award money for damages of certain, broad crimes, as she believes it will hurt the poorest convicted people.[4][5] Lollar has pushed the state of Kentucky to pass laws and acts to help pare ...more...

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Anne Fausto-Sterling

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Anne Fausto-Sterling

Anne Fausto-Sterling (born July 30, 1944) is the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies at Brown University.[1] She participates actively in the field of sexology and has written extensively on the fields of biology of gender, sexual identity, gender identity, and gender roles. Life and career Fausto-Sterling received her Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from University of Wisconsin in 1965 and her Ph.D. in developmental genetics from Brown University in 1970. She has taught at Brown since earning her Ph.D. and is the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry there. She has written two books intended for the general audience. The second edition of the first of those books, Myths of Gender, was published in 1992.[2] Her second book for the general public is Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, published in 2000.[3] She stated that in it she sets out to "convince readers of the ...more...

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Shyamala Gopalan

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Shyamala Gopalan

Shyamala Gopalan (1938 – February 11, 2009) was an Indian-American cancer researcher and civil rights activist. Early life and education Shyamala Gopalan was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to Rajam and P.V. Gopalan, a diplomat of the Indian government.[1][2] She had a culturally enriching childhood with music, art, and travel. Gopalan had two sisters and a brother. As a child, Gopalan won a national gold medal for singing classical Indian music.[2] Tamil was her first language.[3] She enrolled in school as a toddler and graduated with an undergraduate degree from University of Delhi at the age of 19. She earned a doctor of philosophy in nutrition and endocrinology from University of California, Berkeley at the age of 25. While at Berkeley, she was involved in the civil rights movement.[2] Gopalan's dissertation was titled The isolation and purification of a trypsin inhibitor from whole wheat flour.[4] Career Gopalan researched in the Cancer Research Lab in UC Berkeley's Department of Zoology. She work ...more...

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Jill McCormick

Jill Kristin Vedder (née McCormick; born November 11, 1977)[1] is an American philanthropist, activist and former fashion model. Early life and career McCormick was born in Los Angeles, California, to Bud and Amy McCormick. She has three sisters. At 15, Jill relocated with her family to Bradenton, Florida. She graduated from Manatee High School at 17 in 1995,[2] and immediately was accepted into the Elite Models Miami Division. In 1996, Jill was one of the 15 finalists in the Elite Model Look of the Year contest,[3] and moved to Paris to continue her modeling career. She has appeared in many magazines, such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan (UK and US) and Harper's Bazaar.[1][4][5] Personal life McCormick and Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder began a relationship in 2000. The couple got engaged in 2009 and married on September 18, 2010.[6][7] They have two daughters, Olivia and Harper.[8][9] In 2011, McCormick appeared on the music video for Vedder's solo single, "Longing to Belong".[10] Afte ...more...

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Brie Larson

Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and filmmaker. Noted for her supporting work in comedies when a teenager, she has since expanded to leading roles in independent dramas and film franchises, receiving such accolades as an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Born in Sacramento, California, Larson was homeschooled. At age six, she became the youngest student admitted to a training program at the American Conservatory Theater. She soon relocated to Los Angeles and began her acting career in 1998 with a comedy sketch in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She appeared as a regular in the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad and briefly dabbled with a music career, releasing the album Finally Out of P.E. in 2005. Larson subsequently played supporting roles in the comedy films Hoot (2006), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and 21 Jump Street (2012), and appeared as a sardonic teenager in the television series United States of Tara (2009–2011). Her breakt ...more...

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Louise Pettibone Smith

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Louise Pettibone Smith

Louise Pettibone Smith (1887–1981) was an American biblical scholar, professor, translator, author and social activist. She was the first woman published in the Journal of Biblical Literature in 1917. She later became chair of the American Committee for the Protection of Foreign Born and denounced the House Un-American Activities Committee for its "McCarthyism". Early life and education Smith was born in Ogdensburg, New York on October 4, 1887 to Alonzo Albertus Smith and Mary Louise Pettibone.[1] Her grandfather was one of the founders of the Abolition Society in New York State and her father was an editor of the Republican paper in northern New York.[2] Smith received her bachelors degree in 1908, masters degree in 1912, and doctorate in Semitic languages and Palestinian archeology in 1917, all from Bryn Mawr College.[2] Her thesis was titled "The Messianic Ideal of Isaiah." She did graduate work at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, Radcliffe College, and universities in Germany.[2] Care ...more...

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Edith Cates Chase

Edith Cates Chase (25 November 1924 – 13 June 2017) was an American environmental activist and community leader. Early life and education Edith Cates Chase was born on 25 November 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her parents were Floyd Cates and Aimee née Fisher Cates. Chase attended Antioch College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1945. She then earned a Master of Science in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.[1] Environmental science and activism Chase moved to in Kent, Ohio in 1958[2] and ended up residing there for over fifty years, during which she was involved in environmental study and protection.[1] Her interest in environmental activism stemmed from reading the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. She was further galvanized when the Cuyahoga River caught fire in June 1969.[3] In 1970, she was a founding member of the Kent Environmental Council.[1] In 1982, she was a founding member of the Ohio Coastal Resource Management Project.[4] She was also one of the first membe ...more...

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Barbara Ehrenreich

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Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich ([1] born August 26, 1941) is an American author and political activist who describes herself as "a myth buster by trade"[2] and has been called "a veteran muckraker" by The New Yorker.[3] During the 1980s and early 1990s she was a prominent figure in the Democratic Socialists of America. She is a widely read and award-winning columnist and essayist, and author of 21 books. Ehrenreich is perhaps best known for her 2001 book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. A memoir of Ehrenreich's three-month experiment surviving on minimum wage as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart clerk, it was described by Newsweek magazine as "jarring" and "full of riveting grit,"[4] and by The New Yorker as an "exposé" putting "human flesh on the bones of such abstractions as 'living wage' and 'affordable housing'."[5] She is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award. Early life Ehrenreich was born Barbara Alexander to Isabelle Oxley and Ben Howes Alexander in Butte, ...more...

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Ruth H. Alexander

Dr. Ruth Hammack Alexander (born April 17, 1938)[1] established the "Lady Gator Athletic" program at the University of Florida to allow women to participate in intercollegiate athletics for the first time. Alexander earned her Master’s degree and a doctorate before joining the faculty of the University of Florida where she earned the title of Distinguished Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. From there, she spearheaded a campaign to allow equal opportunities for female athletes to compete at the University of Florida in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. President Richard Nixon appointed her to sit on the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition and she founded the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She was inducted into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education’s Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Milligan College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2012, Alexander was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. Personal l ...more...

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Tyra Banks

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Tyra Banks

Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, former model and occasional singer. Born in Inglewood, California, she began her career as a model at the age of 15, and was the first woman of African American descent to be featured on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, on which she appeared twice. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005. By the early 2000s, Banks was one of the world's top-earning models. Banks began acting on television in 1993 on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and made her film debut in Higher Learning in 1995. In 2000 she had major roles such as Eve in Disney Channel's Life-Size and Zoe in the box-office hit Coyote Ugly. She had small roles in the romantic film Love & Basketball (2000) and horror film Halloween: Resurrection (2002), and appeared in television series Gossip Girl and Glee.[3][4] In 2003, Banks created and began presenting the long-running reality television ser ...more...

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