Legendary Women
Official tumblr for the Legendary Women, Inc. charity.

Legendary Women, Inc. is an organization founded to counteract the negative representation of women in the media, as well as to empower and promote women in their everyday lives and endeavors.
October 21st 2014

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) who was only the fourth woman ever to win the Nobel Prize for literature. She also received the Pulitzer Prize for literature for the same book, The Good Earth. As the daughter of missionaries, she learned a lot about the life of peasants living in China and it was that knowledge on which she based her 1931 novel, The Good Earth. After she came back to the USA in the 1930s, she became and advocate for women’s rights, Asian-American rights, and cross-cultural adoption.

October 20th 2014

Alice Mary Robertson (1854-1931) -  Ironically, anti-feminist, she was the second female congress-woman and the first elected who beat an incumbent congressman. She was a sponsor of pro-Native American issues and was the only woman to serve from the state of Oklahoma until 2006.

October 19th 2014

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (1898-1944) - an artist who worked in the media of book-binding, textile design, printmaking and typography. After being moved to the Terezin “model ghetto” by the Nazis, she worked to secretly teach children various types of art, which, in turn, ended up being a therapeutic and creative outlet for them. She eventually was executed in Birkenau in 1944 but her work later found respect and revival at art shows Jewish Museum in Prague and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

October 18th 2014

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was a poet, writer, dancer, actress and professor at Wake Forest University. She’s most famous for her autobiographical book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and she also was asked and did read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton. She’s also known not only for her teaching and expertise in African-American history but also for her work in the Civil Rights movement along with people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

October 17th 2014

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was the first female member of congress voted in from Montana in 1916. She did not serve consecutive terms but would serve again in 1940. She was a pacifist by nature and was one of fifty congress members who voted against entry into WWI in 1917 and was the only member of congress to vote against entry into WWII after Pearl Harbor.

October 17th 2014

Judge Denies Woman Delay For Maternity Leave, Then Berates Her For Bringing Baby To Court »

Judge Denies Woman Delay For Maternity Leave, Then Berates Her For Bringing Baby To Court -

October 16th 2014

"Yes, I’m a feminist, because I see all women as smart, gifted and tough."

- Zaha Hadid

October 15th 2014

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."

- Virginia Woolf

October 14th 2014

"I would hope that a wise latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life."

-Sonia Sotomayor

October 14th 2014

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) - often worked closely with Charles Babbage as he was preparing his mechanical general-purpose computer. As a result of her suggestions and mathematical algorithms for his machine, she is called the world’s first programmer.