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Lise Meitner was an Austrian physicist who was part of the Hahn-Meitner-Strassmann-team that worked on "transuranium-elements" since 1935, which led to the radiochemical discovery of the nuclear fission of uranium and thorium, an achievement for which Otto Hahn was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1944. Meitner is often mentioned as one of the most glaring examples of women's scientific achievement overlooked by the Nobel committee.

eatstarchmom: Annie Kenney was the only working class woman to become part of the senior hierarchy of the WSPU. In between carrying out militant acts in the name of women’s suffrage, she liked to kick back and relax by bedding fellow suffragettes: ‘Mary [Blathwayt] writes matter-of-fact lines such as, “Annie slept with someone else again last night.

mwahglow: Blanche Calloway (February 9, 1904

Blanche Calloway (February 9, 1904 -December 16, 1978) Jazz singer, bandleader, and composer from Baltimore. Not as well known as her younger brother Cab Calloway, the first woman to lead an all male orchestra. Made her first recordings in 1925, with Louis Armstrong.

Lillian Moller Gilbreth. In 1915 earned a PhD in industrial psychology from Brown Univ., the first degree EVER in that field. First American engineer to combine the fields of psychology and scientific management. Partnered w/ her husband in their management consulting firm. She did volunteer work and projects for the government. All this while giving birth to and raising TWELVE children--only one of whom was born in a hospital.

I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live. - Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School

In 1963, Maria Goeppert-Mayer became the second woman in history to win a Nobel Prize, and the first woman to win for theoretical physics.

Extraordinary Women Of History You Need To Know Now

In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first black person to win an Academy Award for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind.