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Happy Birthday, Mary Amdur(1921-1998)!
Her 1953 study on how sulfuric acid in pollution can kill cost her threats from the AIHA, funding, & a job under a corrupt Harvard Prof, but “the mother of smog research” persevered elsewhere, leading to some of the 1st air pollution regulation. #MaryAmdur bio:
05:30 PM - Feb 18, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Vera Menchik(1906-1944)!
The Russian-born Czech chessmaster, who often beat top male players (when men rarely played women), dominated as the 1st & longest-reigning Women’s World Chess Champ, defending her title for 17 yrs until a Nazi V-1 bomb killed her in London. #VeraMenchik bio:
08:58 PM - Feb 16, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Yelena Bonner(1923-2011)!
Sakharov’s widow, from serving as a twice-wounded WWII nurse & then a pediatrician, through criticizing Russian repression during the USSR’s decline & downfall, to fronting a “Putin must go” letter, never stopped fighting for human rights. #YelenaBonner bio:
11:27 PM - Feb 15, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Katherine Stinson(1891-1977)!

The 4th US woman licensed pilot, 1st woman USPS pilot, 1st woman pilot in Canada & Japan, & 1st nighttime skywriter also set stunt & distance records, drove for the Red Cross in WWII, & spent decades as an award-winning architect. #KatherineStinson bio:
03:47 PM - Feb 14, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Sarojini Naidu(1879-1849)!
Serving as the 1st Indian woman President of the National Congress & the 1st Governor of United Provinces (until her death) grew from decades of oratory in support of independence, with Gandhi calling the poet the “Nightingale of India.” #SarojiniNaidu bio:
10:30 PM - Feb 13, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Olivia Hooker(1915-2018)!

The Tulsa massacre survivor & 1st USCG African-American woman served in WWII, then earned her clinical psych PhD & practiced until age 87, with a child psych & developmental delay specialty that led her to co-found the APA’s Division 33.
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06:16 PM - Feb 12, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Anne B.M. Anderson(1937-1983)!

The Scottish OB-GYN’s research on reproductive issues led to her involvement in early women’s health metastudy texts, the basis for the later founding of the evidence-based Cochrane Collaboration to contextualize all medical studies. #AnneAnderson bio:
07:42 PM - Feb 10, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Aletta Jacobs(1854-1929)!

The 1st woman Dutch university student earned her medical degree, opened the 1st known birth control clinic to improve working women’s health & reduce infant deaths, helped found WILPF, & led int’l efforts for peace, equality, & suffrage. #AlettaJacobs bio:
07:56 PM - Feb 09, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Valerie L Thomas(1943-)!
The NASA data scientist & Landsat program supervisor also patented the illusion transmitter, used in everything from satellite imagery & surgery to video screens, & mentored countless students through years of teaching & outreach programs. #ValerieThomas bio:
08:42 PM - Feb 08, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Miriam Rodríguez Martínez(1960-2017)!

After her daughter’s murder, Rodriguez embraced vengeance as a living thing, helping to start Colectivo de Desaparecidos, & before her murder on Mexico’s Mother’s Day, tracked & helped capture 10 of her daughter’s killers.
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12:22 PM - Feb 05, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Vivian Silver(1949-2023)!
Senselessly slain by terrorists on 10/7, the Canadian-Israeli peace activist co-founded the cross-cultural AJEEC & the interfaith Women Wage Peace, & just days earlier, organized a Jerusalem peace rally of 1500 Israeli & Palestinian women. #VivianSilver bio:
12:30 PM - Feb 02, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Leila Denmark(1898-2012)!

The supercentenarian pediatrician practiced 74 years until age 103, even treating great-grandchildren of her first patients, 7 decades after she co-developed the 1st vaccine against pertussis & saved 200K kids a year from whooping cough.
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04:22 PM - Feb 01, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Marilyn Gaston(1939-)!
The 1st black woman to run a US national public health agency (HHS’ BPHC) first transformed care for sickle cell disease by discovering the need to begin treating babies by 4 months, resulting in a federal law promoting early SCD screenings. #MarilynGaston bio:
08:06 PM - Jan 31, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Lucille Teasdale-Corti(1929-1996)!

The Canadian pediatric surgeon wed her Dr husband at the Lacor Hospital chapel in Uganda, staying to save thousands over the next 35 yrs despite near constant war & plagues before dying of AIDS contracted from a patient.
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01:11 PM - Jan 30, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Alice C Evans(1881-1975)!
The 1st USDA woman bacteriologist persevered past 11 yrs of sexist objections & contracting multiple viruses she studied to prove her discovery that pasteurizing milk prevents brucellosis, saving countless lives previously lost to raw milk. #AliceCEvans bio:
08:09 PM - Jan 29, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Kathleen Lonsdale(1903-1971)!

The record-setting physics prodigy (& committed pacifist) earned her Master’s by 21 to begin a groundbreaking crystallography career that included IDing the structure of benzene & achieving many 1sts for British women scientists.
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11:19 PM - Jan 28, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Soong Ching-ling(1893-1981)!
A mainstay atop China’s government for 66 years, with a final (& exclusive) title of Honorary Chairwoman of the PRC, Soong founded the now-China Welfare Institute NGO, traveled diplomatically, & twice served as de facto head of state. #SoongChingling bio:
05:04 PM - Jan 27, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Bessie Coleman(1892-1926)!

The 1st African-American woman, Black, & Native American internationally licensed pilot, denied flight training on all those bases in the US, learned to fly in France before returning & then heavily advocating for more inclusive aviation. #BraveBessie bio:
08:42 PM - Jan 26, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Corazon Aquino(1933-2009)!

The Philippines’ (& Asia’s) 1st woman President overcame her Senator husband’s assassination to defeat Marcos, help restore Constitutional separation of powers, weather attempted coups & natural disasters, & peacefully transition power. #CorazonAquino bio:
08:16 PM - Jan 25, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Gertrude B Elion(1918-1999)!

A 1988 Phys/Med Laureate for patient-focused rational drug design methods, her research directly led to breakthroughs like AZT, plus the 1st immunosuppressant for transplant patients & treatments for leukemia, herpes, gout, & cancer.
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12:50 PM - Jan 23, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Beatrice Webb(1858-1943)!
Her research on British market inefficiencies led her to coin “collective bargaining,” lay the 1909 groundwork for the modern English welfare state, embrace the democratic socialist Fabian Society, & cofound the London School of Economics. #BeatriceWebb bio:
01:30 PM - Jan 22, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Qurratulian Hyder(1927-2007)!

Her sprawling Aag Ka Darya (“River of Fire”) opus ranks as the 20th century’s preeminent Urdu novel, influential in both substance & style by contextualizing Partition within the subcontinent’s last two millennia, its time a flat circle.
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Happy Birthday, Susan Solomon(1956-)!

Perhaps the most deservedly decorated geoengineer, the NOAA atmospheric chemist led the team that ID’d how CFCs deplete ozone, the science at the core of the Montreal Protocol, & its inspiring success.

THANK YOU FOR SAVING THE OZONE LAYER!
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01:02 PM - Jan 19, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo(1930-2004)!

Portugal’s only woman Prime Minister worked as a chemical engineer for 7 yrs before slowly rising through gov’t to her one 3mo-term, where she extended social security to everyone & then chaired UNESCO’s ICPQL for 10 yrs. #MariaPintasilgo bio:
01:45 PM - Jan 18, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Dorothée Pullinger(1894-1986)!

The French-born British engineer began in car design, soon running Galloway Motors & other companies, yet also oversaw a WWI munitions factory of 7K workers & served as the WWII (Industrial) Ministry of Production’s only woman.
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Happy Birthday, Ruth R. Benerito(1916-2013), Scourge of Ironing!

With a chemistry BS earned during the Depression & a UofC PhD, she joined the USDA, where she earned 55 patents concentrated on wrinkle-free & wash-and-wear cotton, as well as a feeding system for injured soldiers.
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12:26 PM - Jan 12, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Alice Paul(1885-1977)!

The suffragette peacefully endured countless instances of police brutality, abuse, & jailing while spearheading the 19th amendment campaign, then ran the National Woman’s Party for 50 years & ensured the Civil Rights Act also protected women.
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12:56 PM - Jan 11, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Katharine Burr Blodgett(1898-1979)!
The 1st Cambridge woman physics PhD returned home to work as a GE chemist, & among her many advances, co-developed the Langmuir-Blodgett trough & then created nonreflective “invisible” glass used by Hollywood & WWII cameras. #KatharineBlodgett bio:
02:39 PM - Jan 10, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Fanny Bullock Workman(1859-1925)!
While the adventurer & her husband pioneered negative US tourist stereotypes, she ascended literal mountaintops, set women’s altitude records, mapped new regions, & despite poor gear, helped prove that women can go anywhere men go. #FannyWorkman bio:
04:15 PM - Jan 08, 2024
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Happy Birthday, Beatrice Hicks(1919-1979)!

Western Electric’s 1st female engineer soon switched to her family’s Newark Controls Company, where she successfully ran it, invented a gas density switch that Apollo took to the moon, & co-founded & ran the Society of Women Engineers.
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08:11 PM - Jan 02, 2024
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