Women in History
Mary Nolan, 1920's : Ziegfeld Follies. Mary was a performer in The Ziegfeld Follies in the early 1920s, under the name Imogne “Bubbles” Wilson. Her impact as a dancer was so profound that columnist Mark Hellinger once said of her in 1922: “Only two people in America would bring every reporter in New York to the docks to see them off. One is the President. The other is Imogene “Bubbles” Wilson.”
“You can never hang back and live your life. Just as democracy tends to evaporate when you stop fighting for it, feminist gains tend to evaporate when we stop fighting.”—Erica Jong. Watch Jong, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Dalma Heyn, Alix Kates Shulman, and Bel Kaufman talk about the many faces of feminism.
In her 1942 book, "Women For Defense" Margaret Culking Banning wrote the following: “In this Second World War women will be used physically as never before, for production of war materials, for substitute labor in factories and on farms as man power is drained by the armed forces, and for guard and emergency duty of all kinds in threatened areas, and for management of evacuations, if it comes to that. Women by themselves cannot win this war. But quite certainly it cannot be won without them.”
Clara Mae Luper was one of the early leaders of the civil rights movement in Oklahoma in the 50s. She was arrested 26 times for her civil rights activities. She led sit-ins to end segregation all over Ok. She was a candidate for the US Senate in 1972, and developed Black Voices Magazine in the the late 70s.
Alexandra David-Néel: Born in 1868 in Paris, by the time she was 18 she’d traveled around Europe & was a member of the Theosophical Society. When she was in her 40s she traveled to India to study Buddhism, met a prince, and possibly had an affair with him. During her travels in Asia, she lived in a cave, adopted a monk & traveled to Tibet at a time it was closed to foreigners. She met the 13th Dalai Lama which no European lady had ever done before. She died AT THE AGE OF 101 in 1969