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Rigoberta Menchú Age: 54 Roots: Guatemalan How She Changed the World: She is an activist who has dedicated her life to helping the world recognize the plight of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War. She has promoted indigenous rights in the country, ran for President of Guatemala in 2007 and 2011 and even received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2991 and the Price of Asturias Award in 1998. Her fight for the people of Guatemala has forever inspired recognition of

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Viola Gregg Liuzzo (1925-1965) was the first white female civil rights activist killed during the American civil rights movement. She was horrified by the images of the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march in Alabama in March 1965. Therefore, she traveled to Selma, saying the struggle "was everybody's fight". While shuttling marchers in her car, she was shot and murdered by a Ku Klux Klan member. One of four Klansmen in the car was Gary Thomas Rowe, Jr., who turned out to be an FBI informant.

Viola Liuzzo was murdered on March 1965 after the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March. She was a civil rights activist from Michigan. She is the only white woman honored at the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial.

There won't be a female president next year, but soon. These are just a few of the many brilliant women from history who paved the way for the women yet to come.

9 Incredible Women Who Spent Their Lives Fighting To Change America

There won't be a female president next year, but soon. These are just a few of the many brilliant women from history who paved the way for the women yet to come.

Rigoberta Menchu Tum.  First Indigenous woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. and is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.  Of Mayan decent, she became an  activist on behalf of the Mayan people, victims of the genecide committed by the armed forces during the country's civil war.  (over 200,000 were murdered) .  Born January 9, 1959 in Laj Chimel, Quiche, GUATEMALA .

Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a Guatemalan Nobel Peace Price Winner, from the K'iche' Maya people. She fought back against the genocide of indigenous peoples in Guatemala, and continues to be an advocate for indigenous Guatemalans.

Vilma Martinez (civil rights attorney)  Age: 69  Roots: Mexican  How She Changed the World: The Mexican-American civil rights attorney was the first woman appointed to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 but has been a diplomat since President Jimmy Carnet appointed Martinez to her first position in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps in 1977.

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How some women use their power. Jane Addams created Hull House in Chicago, the first "settlement house" to aid immigrants and poor people in the metropolis. She won the Nobel Peace Prize and sparked the profession of social work.

Jane Addams: groundbreaking social worker, social/political activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. I can't believe Hull House actually closed, so devistating

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president in the U.S. in 1872--BEFORE women could even vote.

Victoria Claflin Woodhull the first woman candidate for President of the United States in 1872 from the Equal Rights Party supporting women's suffrage. I am sure that was scary trying to be a president more so back then in a man's world

Alice Paul.... than you for fighting for my right to vote

Alice Paul and the Women's Suffrage Movement

Alice Stokes Paul was an American suffragist and activist. Along with Lucy Burns and others, she led a successful campaign for women's suffrage that resulted in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. Constitution in Wikipedia