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Extraodinary women that history forgot

25 Jun 2015 14:55 #42910 by Woodclaw
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Sometimes scouring the net or a good old fashioned book, one comes across the name of women who did extraordinary deeds, not just by the standards of their time and place. Women who proved themselves to be smarter, braver and tougher than many, or every, men around them. Sadly many of their deeds are hidden in the deepest recesses of history.
All of them are, in my opinion worthy of superpowers, some I strongly suspected they already them.

Let's start with Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (1924-2000) or Hedy Lamarr as she was known during her movie career. Many would remember her as great actress, who had the guts to be in the first mainstream movie picture featuring a full female nude and sex scene (Ecstasy 1933), but she was much more than that. After escaping Germany and her first marriage in 1937 -- she was of Ebrew origin -- she came to the U.S.A. where she became one of the MGM rising stars, as well as a strong advocate of the war effort alongside the suffragetes.
After getting bored with her movie career she moved back to engineering, which she was studying in the '20s, and patented in 1942 the frequency-hopping spread-spectrum device. a device meant to make impossible for the enemy to jam radio controlled torpedoes that the U.S.Navy would adopt in 1962 (after 20 years of opposition) and is the base for many present days technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-fi.

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18 Jul 2017 10:11 - 18 Jul 2017 10:11 #55308 by Woodclaw
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Second try to get this thread off the ground.

Nancy Grace Augusta Wake (1912-2011) (aka "Hélène", "Andrée", "White Mouse" or "Witch" depending on what side of WW2 one were on) is quite possibly the most decorated servicewoman on the Allied side of the war having received no less than 11 high profile honours for her service (the last in 2006). Between 1943 and 1945 she worked for the Special Operation Executive coordinating the efforts of various maquis resistance groups. By the end of 1943 she was n° 1 on the Gestapo most wanted list in France with a prize of 5 milions francs on her head. This Wellington lady pulled one crazy stunt after another during the whole war including killing a sentry with her bare hands, leading a 7,000 maquis unit against a 22,000 German unit and pulling out with only minimal causalities and smuggling radio codes by herself after riding 500 km on a bicycle.

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18 Jul 2017 20:56 #55323 by The Highlander
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I found out about a couple of female soldiers from the first world war recently who would certainly qualify.

Milunka Savic, a veteran Serbian solider who fought in several wars (incusing throughout WW1) after joining the army in her brother's name. She became one of the most decorated female soldiers in history
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Maria Bochkareva, a Russian frontline soldier who raised and lead a all female shock troop company into action

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18 Jul 2017 23:16 #55326 by TwiceOnThursdays
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To go along with Highlanders post: Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyudmila_Pavlichenko

A Ukranian sniper during WW II, credited with 309 kills. She is considered one of the 10 deadliest snipers of all time (#3)

www.businessinsider.com/the-top-10-deadl...s-of-all-time-2015-9

THere is also the 46th "Taman" Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces or the "Night Witches". They're pretty bad ass.

8 runs a night, and they often came in and idled their engines so they pretty much only made wind noise and glided over German targets dropping bombs out of the night sky.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Witches
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21 Jul 2017 10:30 - 22 Jul 2017 02:01 #55383 by Dru1076
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Not many people have heard of this woman, but she was one of the most powerful women to ever lived thanks to her stint as Empree Regent of the Mongols.

Töregene Khatun
www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rc...lLRUXnK4HwE6z5ZJRePA

They would never have let her rule for five years if she were not an extraordinary woman.

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22 Jul 2017 14:59 - 22 Jul 2017 15:12 #55400 by slim36
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(This might be off-topic since getting on a list might be not forgotten)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbes_list_of_The..._Most_Powerful_Women has Angela Merkel as #1 for last 10 years.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_female_billionaires

It's probably best to stick to historical figures bigthink.com/paul-ratner/top-15-most-powerful-women-in-history
1. Elizabeth I (1533-1603), 2. Empress Wu Zetian (624-705) was the only female Emperor in Chinese history, living during the Tang Dynasty., 3. Catherine the Great (1729-1796) attained rule of Russia through marriage and held on to it for 34 years, 4. Hatshepsut (1508 BC - 1458 BC) was an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh, 5. Maria Theresa of Austria (1717-1780) was a Hapsburg Empress who reigned for 40 years,
or sports
www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/meet-30-m...women-sports-172202/
By Adweek Staff
(skipping people that are execs and not public figures)|
June 26, 2016:
1. Serena Williams, tennis star,
4 Erin Andrews, Fox Sports
9 Missy Franklin, swimmer,
16 Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, Team USA soccer players,
23 Danica Patrick, race car driver,
25 Ronda Rousey, UFC fighter
28 Hannah Storm, ESPN
27 Breanna Stewart, basketball player
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23 Jul 2017 20:57 #55431 by Markiehoe
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Here is a woman we should all know and respect.
She helped create so much of what we love.

www.newsarama.com/35604-beloved-marvel-s...has-passed-away.html
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