Phenomenal Woman: Miss Major

Photo Credit: Still from MAJOR! the documentary about her life “That's how it started. Since no one was going to do it for us, we had to do it for ourselves.” Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, born October 25th, 1940, is a Trans Elder, and one of the participants of the Stonewall Riots. Like many of the…

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Phenomenal Woman: Malavath Purna

Photo Credit: BBC Born June 10th, 2000, in Telangana, India. Malavath is an Indigenous Indian mountaineer. While attending school at the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, she was shortlisted for ‘Operation Everest’ a summit expedition to Mount Everest. On May 24, 2014 at the age of 13 years, 10 months and 15 days…

Phenomenal Woman: Whina Cooper

Hōhepine Te Wake, more commonly known as Dame Whina Cooper, was a Māori activist who championed women’s and Māori rights in New Zealand. She briefly worked as a teacher before leaving the role in 1914, out of frustration at being unable to give her community the attention it deserved. Her first foray into politics came…

Phenomenal Woman: Mary Two-Axe Earley

Mary Two-Axe Earley, Indigenous Women’s Rights Advocate: Mary Two-Axe Earley receiving the Governor General's Persons Case Award, 17 October 1979Source: Library & Archives Canada Born on October 4th, 1911, on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake, Quebec, Mary spent of her adolescence in North Dakota with her mother (a tribal member of Oneida descent) who worked…