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Women’s History Month, Part 1

This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating icons of art, technology, science, sports, performance and literature

Dorothy Buchanan, Scottish Engineer

First female member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
I felt that I represented all the women in the world. It was my hope that I would be followed by many others.

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Frida Kahlo, Mexican Artist

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colors. She is celebrated in Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form. (

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Wang Zhenyi, Chinese Astronomer

Wang Zhenyi was a famous female scientist from the Qing dynasty. She breached the feudal customs of the time which hindered women’s rights and arduously worked to educate herself in subjects such as astronomy, mathematics, geography, and medicine. (

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Nicola Adams, British boxer

The first female boxer to win an Olympic title and the first to win two gold medals at the Games, British superstar Nicola Adams is in a class of her own in flyweight, having also claimed the divisional world title in 2016. (

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Helen Keller, American author and activist

Helen Keller is one of the most well-known deafblind people in history, famous for her political activism, lecturing, writing and for being the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She campaigned tirelessly to improve the treatment of deaf and blind people and to raise awareness of sight and hearing health. (

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Diane Von Furstenberg, Belgian Fashion designer

(Diane Von Furstenberg) Was selling 25,000 dresses a week and was on the cover of Newsweek in 1976. Once, on an airplane, she was reading the Wall Street Journal—it had a pointillist portrait of her on the front page-when the man next to her asked, “”What’s a pretty little girl like you doing reading the Wall Street Journal ?” She ignored him. (

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Shappi Khorsandi, British comedian

Described as ‘Britain’s best female comic’, by the Guardian, in 2013 Shappi won the James Joyce Award for writing.

“Shappi established herself as one of the country’s finest comedians in 2006 with her sell out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker.’ (

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