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English-born physician Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female MD in the United States. Rejected by many medical schools due to her gender, she ended up getting a place at the Geneva Medical College in New York, where she had to put up with a lot of douchebag classmates and a professor who thought she should leave the room for lectures on reproductive anatomy in order to protect her “delicate sensibilities”.
Turned out she didn’t give a fuck about delicate sensibilities and went on to become a world-famous obstetrician.
Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth once engaged in the following exchange with the young suffragist Harriot Stanton Blatch in which she gave literally no fucks:
Harriot Stanton Blatch: “Sojourner, can’t you read?”
Sojourner Truth: “Oh no, honey, I can’t read little things like letters. I read big things like men.”
Beatrice Potter Webb was a social reformer, economist, and historian who campaigned with her husband Sidney for policies to benefit the urban poor, working towards the first minimum wage laws, developing the early Labour party in Britain, authoring hundreds of books, and founding the London School of Economics – all while giving no fucks.
Nellie Bly was a daring and influential investigative journalist who wrote groundbreaking stories about political corruption and poverty. She once faked madness in order to report undercover from an abusive mental institution in New York City, which led to outcry and reform. Her jealous peers referred to her investigations as “stunt reporting”, but Nellie, of course, didn’t give a fuck about those whiny little shits.
Oh, and she once travelled around the world in a record-breaking 72 days, just ‘cause.
Nzinga Mbandi, the Queen of Ndongo and Matamba (modern day Angola), was a straight-up boss bitch. She took power when her brother Ngola Mbandi died in 1624, and gained international acclaim for her brilliance in diplomacy, military tactics, and giving zero fucks. Her skill in warfare, espionage, trade, alliance-building, and religious matters helped her hold off Portuguese colonialism for the duration of her life.
Nzinga, you literal queen.
This is the face that Austrian-born American actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr would make when she gave no fucks, which is to say, the face she made every single day. She invented “frequency hopping” technology, which was put to use in a secret communications system and in radio-controlled torpedoes in WWII, which in turn laid the foundations for future technological developments such as Wi-Fi and GPS.
She was also a movie star.
Because why the fuck not?
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One day, just like one month, isn’t nearly enough.
Tubman escaped from slavery when she was 29 years old and spent the rest of her life dedicated to helping others escape too using abolitionist friends and the Underground Railroad to facilitate slaves’ journey to freedom. During the Civil War she was even a spy for the North. After the war, and later in life, she focused her advocacy on women’s suffrage.
If Wells-Barnett were alive today, she’d probably be a writer at Mic. She was a perspicacious journalist who documented the rise of lynchings, post-Emancipation, in the late 19th century, as a form of white panic about freed slaves. Born into slavery, she fought racial prejudices not only in print but in her own life as well. In a notorious 1884 incident outside of Memphis, Tennessee, she refused to give up her seat on a railroad train to a white passenger. She was then dragged off the train, kicking and screaming. Wells hired a black attorney and sued the railroad company — and won. She was the original Rosa Parks and journalistic firebrand.
Baldwin’s friend and lesbian poet, writer and professor Lorde was a comrade fighting for the civil rights of people of color — women and queer women specifically — using the power of her pen. Lorde preached the power of “the erotic,” or what she describes as an “unexpressed,” feminine power. She was as great a public intellectual as Baldwin, albeit less celebrated, probably because she was a woman. And she knew that. When, in a fantastic debate in Essence magazine in which Baldwin exclaimed “DuBois believed in the American dream. So did Martin. So did Malcolm. So do I. So do you,” she was quick to clear a few things up about the role of gender in the fight for equality and women’s place in the world:
“I don’t, honey. I’m sorry, I just can’t let that go past. Deep, deep, deep down I know that dream was never mine. And I wept and I cried and I fought and I stormed, but I just knew it. I was Black. I was female. And I was out – out – by any construct wherever the power lay. So if I had to claw myself insane, if I lived I was going to have to do it alone. Nobody was dreaming about me. Nobody was even studying me except as something to wipe out.”
Writer, poet and speaker of divine justice, Angelou was not only Oprah’s prophet but the world’s. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, Angelou, who passed away last year, published multiple autobiographies, beginning with the beloved I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings in 1969. While deeply personal, these autobiographies were channels for understanding the condition of black women in America throughout the 20th century. They were, therefore, examples of how art works as catharsis, as her writing spoke to black women not only in America but across the world. After she read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, she became an international icon, appealing “cuts across racial, economic and educational boundaries.”
Author of the critically acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning bookThe Color Purple, Walker is an activist whose literature speaks volumes about the intersection of race, class, and sexuality in America, specifically in the South in the mid-20th century. (She herself identifies as sexually “curious,” having celesbian-like relationships with musician Tracy Chapman, among others.) In the last couple of decades, Walker has directed her activism to fight for the rights of Palestinians, even taking part in the Gaza flotilla in 2011 in an effect to call attention to the Israel’s “apartheid state.”
With a Ph.D. in philosophy, Davis is a professor who ended up teaching the world. Put on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list and jailed in 1970, her redemption in her 1972 court victory symbolized that maybe justice could be served in America. Davis knew that some in white America found her dangerous as a black woman and as an avowed Communist — and this was even before she came out as a lesbian in 1997.
As she wrote in the 1974 Angela Davis: An Autobiography, “The one extraordinary event of my life had nothing to do with me as an individual — with a little twist of history, another sister or brother could have easily become the political prisoner whom millions of people from throughout the world rescued from persecution and death.” Davis has become a global icon fighting for the end of political oppression and for changing the current criminal justice system in America.
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