Margaret Nash, courageous WWII POW navy nurse

WWII POW Navy Nurse Margaret Nash

United States Navy nurse Margaret Nash was a woman of resilience and courage. Captured and held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese during World War II, she neglected her own health to nurse hundreds of her fellow prisoners suffering from disease and near-starvation in the Philippine Islands. She was still struggling to survive […]

Gertrude Bell, Al Khatun: Queen of the Desert


British-born Gertrude Bell, also referred to as the female Lawrence of Arabia, was an adventurer, spy, archaeologist and powerful political force who travelled into the uncharted Arabian desert and was recruited by British Military Intelligence to help reshape the Middle East after World War I. She drew the borders of Iraq, helped install its first […]

Fay Kellogg, ambitious architect


Fay Kellogg (1871–1918) was an American architect and suffragette who helped to open the field of architecture to women who followed. She was described in her own time as “the foremost woman architect in the United States”, and known for staying on the job site “until the last brick is laid and the last nail […]

Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, Hawaiian healer


Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, a native Hawaiian Kahuna and gifted healer, developed a new system of healing based on the ancient spiritual tradition, Ho’oponopono. An indefatigable educator, Simeona was honored as a Living Treasure of Hawaii. To appreciate what makes Morrnah extraordinary, it is necessary to understand that who she was and how she lived are […]

Huda Shaarawi, Egyptian feminist & activist


Huda Shaarawi (1879–1947) was an Egyptian feminist who influenced not only women in Egypt but throughout the Arab world. She was a pioneer in feminism, and brought to light the restrictive world of upper-class women in her book The Harem Years, published in 1987. Huda Shaarawi (also spelled Hoda Shaarawi or Sha’arawi) was raised in […]

Qiu Jin, Chinese feminist & revolutionary martyr


Qiu Jin (1875–1907) was a Chinese writer & poet, a strong-willed feminist who is considered a national hero in China. Also called “Jianhu Nüxia” (Woman Knight of Mirror Lake”), she was executed after participating in a failed uprising against the Qing Dynasty. Qiu Jin was born in 1875 to a family of the gentry, and […]

Alaska P. Davidson, the FBI’s first female Special Agent

Alaska P. Davidson, FBI's first female special agent

Alaska Packard Davidson (1868–1934) became the first female Special Agent in 1922, at the age of 54. She only served for two years before being asked to resign by newly-appointed Director J. Edgar Hoover. It wasn’t until 1972, shortly after Hoover’s death and the passing of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, that women once again […]

Indra Devi, Mother of Western Yoga

Indra Devi, Mother of Western Yoga

Today I’m happy to share with you a post by Susan Abernethy, a historian, prolific & talented blogger, and yogini! Please be sure to check out the blog Saints, Sisters, and Sluts where Susan is a contributing writer, and follow her on twitter as @SusanAbernethy2. Indra Devi was not only a female pioneer in the […]