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The First African American Mail Carrier Also Fought Wolves and Bears, and Shot a Man in the Behind

Mary Fields entered Montana "with a double barreled pistol, a heart of gold, and an iron resolve to raise hell."

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Drunk History Spotlights Nichelle Nichols, the “First Black Woman in Space for Fake”

We all obviously love Nichelle Nichols for her role as Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek (and several subsequent films). However, Nichols was also responsible for changing the game up for women, specifically black women, in real life, both in STEM fields and beyond. All this is paid respectful and hilarious tribute in the most recent episode of Drunk History.

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The Case of Elizabeth Key Grinstead, the First Freed Black Woman, Shows the Origin of Racism in the U.S.

Slavery existed long before the transatlantic slave trade and still exists many forms today, but the specific way of how slavery was allowed to perpetuate in this country the way it did was tied to racism. But where did that racism come from?

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The Mother of African-American Journalism, Frances Harper

Writer, abolitionist, suffragette.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, the mother of African American journalism, the first African American short story author, and Civil Rights leader.

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Google Honors Literary Icon Virginia Woolf on Her 136th Birthday—Too Bad Her Home Country Doesn’t

Today would've been Virginia Woolf's 136th birthday, and Google is celebrating the literary icon with a Google Doodle. Well deserved! In fact, Woolf deserves so much more recognition than that. Too bad, that in the UK and elsewhere, people will be too busy drinking whisky and celebrating Burns Night, named for poet Robert Burns, to give her any focus.

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Hattie McDaniel Biopic Is in the Works—Someone Better Give Gabourey Sidibe a Call

In 1940 Hattie McDaniel became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for her role of Mammy in the iconic film, Gone With the Wind and her story will be brought to the big screen in an upcoming biopic.

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Marlene Dietrich: The Bisexual, Anti-Fascist Face of Free Germany

Greta Garbo, and Monroe/Dietrich and DiMaggio

Today's Google Doodle is the iconic Marlene Dietrich honoring her on what would have been her 116th birthday. Dietrich was a German actress whose career spanned nearly eighty years, she was able to reinvent herself time and time again to keep up with and stay ahead of the trends.

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Twitter Is Sharing Tales of Badass Women from History Who Should All Have Biopics By Now

Users on Twitter have been sharing amazing stories of their favorite historical "bad bitches," and I want movies based on all of them now!

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Science Confirms What the Vikings Repeatedly Told Us: Women Were Warriors, Too

DNA research on a warrior grave in Sweden seems to confirm what the stories in Viking sagas would suggest: women, too, could serve as high-status warriors in Viking society.

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Malala Yousafzai Continues to Be Taliban’s Worst Nightmare By Continuing Education at Oxford

You remember Malala Yousafzai, right? The young Pakistani woman who, when she was 14 years old was shot by a Taliban gunman because she dared be a girl who wanted an education? Well, one high school diploma, a documentary, a Nobel Prize, and an eponymous foundation later, Yousafzai is continuing her education at one of the most prestigious universities in the world!

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Disney Parks Are Changing a “Pirates of the Caribbean” Wench Into a Woman Pirate & Shocker, People Are Pissed

People are complaining about a perceived disrespect of Walt Disney's legacy. They also seem to think Disney made up the idea of women pirates.

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Listen to “Bread and Roses,” the Song That Defined the Women’s Labor Movement

The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.

Labor union leader Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972) was a firebrand of organizing and advocacy within the women's movement. She originated the phrase "bread and roses" in a speech rallying women to fight for more than just the bare necessities. The phrase would go on to inspire a poem and one of the most famous songs in American history.

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Things We Saw Today: This Spot-On Cosplay of Jane from Daria

Tumblr user "diamondideozu" just uploaded a huge photo-set of her stunning cosplay of Jane, Daria's best friend on the iconic 90s TV show Daria.

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Female Voters Pay Tribute to Susan B. Anthony With “I Voted” Stickers Ahead of Potentially Electing First Female President

It's an exciting time to be a woman in the U.S. With tomorrow's election, we have the possibility of electing the country's first female President. It's an indicator of how far we've come, and also a reminder that for women, the right to vote was not always something that we could take for granted. There was a point where it wasn't a given. When it was something that had to be fought for. Rather like the Presidency.

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43 Real-Life Female Leaders We’d Love to See Included in Civilization VI

Deal with it. Historically.

While it sometimes takes a bit more effort to uncover their stories, women have contributed to every civilization in the world, and history-inspired pop culture like the Civseries can have a huge role in making that clearer.

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Geena Davis Hosts League of Their Own Mini-Reunion

League of Their Own Mini-Reunion

For the Bentonville Film Festival, actress Geena Davis formed a League of Their Own reunion, reuniting most of the cast of the 90s movie.

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WTF History Presents Revolutionary War Soldier Anna Maria, AKA the American Mulan

Get your sh** together, history.

Why didn't we learn about this in school? WTF history, indeed.

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Things We Saw Today: #WomenOnQuarters Petition Almost at 35,000 Signatures

There's currently a petition going around asking the US Treasury to feature great American women on quarters. They've rallied around the hashtag #WomenOnQuarters. Check out the petition and sign today!

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Everyone, We Need to Talk About 17th-Century Badass Writer Margaret Cavendish

Because the idea of “geek culture” is relatively new, and because women have to fight tooth and nail to get respect within that culture (cf. Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian or Brianna Wu and Gamergate), we tend to forget that even in this brave new world we have predecessors, women who fought battles we can only imagine, women who blazed trails—or, in Margaret Cavendish’s case, blazed whole new worlds.

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The Amazing Scientific Achievements of the Woman Who Kickstarted Paleontology

"Thanks, Mary Anning." -Steven Spielberg [citation needed]

Before Mary Anning and her contemporaries, it was still widely assumed that fossils were just remains from existing animals and not generally useful for science (nor put in the ground by Satan). Thought most of her work wound up being published by men because life in the early 19th century was awful, Anning made a ton of important discoveries—including what bezoar stones actually were, because she needed to see the dinosaurs' droppings.

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