Primatologist, Ethologist, Anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania.
Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)
Bessie dreamed of becoming a pilot, but because she was a black woman, no American schools would admit her. Bessie decided to teach herself French and study at a French flight school. Despite all the discrimination, she became the first African American woman in the world to earn a pilot's license.
Nicknamed Queen Bessie and Daredevil Aviatrix, she earned a living as a highly popular stuntflyer. She did not put up with discrimination at the shows where she preformed. On one account she learned that the black audiences and white audiences were using separate entrances, and she refused to preform unless they made one entrance for all audience members. At another show, she found out that it was for "white viewers only" and refused to preform.
Bessie died, at age 33, doing what she loved.
Elizabeth Jane Cochran (1864-1922)
Nellie Bly pioneered investigative journalism by feigning insanity and engineering her own commitment to a mental asylum, which lasted 10 days. She exposed the mental institution’s horrid conditions and the abuse of it's patients, which led to a grand jury investigation and ultimately to reforms and funding for treatment of people with mental illness. The New York Evening Journal called her "the best reporter in America." Also, inspired by Jules Verne’s book Around the World in 80 Days, Bly decided to take a whirlwind trip and broke the world record. Traveling by ship, train, and burro, she returned back to New York in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1864-1962)
Prominent author, First Lady, American politician, diplomat, and an outspoken human rights activist.
Roosevelt organized many women-only White House press conferences to level the playing field for female reporters, which in turn pressured papers to hire more females. She wrote a syndicated newspaper column on her political views for 27 years. Eleanor also helped to draft the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights.
Though widely respected, Eleanor was controversial, particularly on racial issues. She advocated for women in the workplace, civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans and refugees. She served as the 1st chair of the UN Commission of Human Rights.
Jennifer M Moreno (Killed in Action October 5, 2014)
Army Nurse assigned to a Ranger unit was killed in action during a patrol that took the lives of two additional soldiers. While on a foot patrol, she received conflicting orders to both help a soldier that was wounded and trapped at an Afghanistan bomb-making compound, and also to hold her position to avoid setting off another bomb in the mine-ridden area.
Choosing to help the fallen soldier, Moreno moved forward, but detonated a mine that took her life.
Capt. Amanda King, commander of Moreno's cultural support team, later wrote in a eulogy: "None of us would have done what you did, running into hell to save your brothers, knowing full well you probably wouldn't make it back." Moreno was posthumously awarded the Combat in Action Badge, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
Queen Anna Nzinga, aka Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande (1583-1663)
Born in precolonial Angola, Nzinga was the leader and eventual Queen that fought off the Portuguese for four decades in attempts to eradicate the capture and enslavement of African people. Nzinga sent ambassadors and representatives throughout West and Central Africa with the goal of forming a coalition to eject the Portuguese.
History scholar, John Henrik Clark referenced Nzinga as the "greatest military strategist that ever confronted the armed forces of Portugal."
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first women to win a Nobel Prize, and the first and only woman to win two Nobel Prizes, in multiple sciences no less. Some of her many achievements include the development of the theory of radioactivity, techniques for isolating isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium, and radium.
And their hearts were moved as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind
An illustration to show love for my friends who have supported me. Based on a scripture in Isaiah 7:2
Watercolor & Ink.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." -Martin Luther King Jr.
Illustration of Little Red Riding Hood, based on the indigenous cultures of the Nenet tribe in Northern Siberia.
Pencil, acrylic, & digital.
The Broken Toy
Never invite Vikings to your party. They always ruin everything!
Picture Book story in progress.
Watercolor & digital.
The Penguin Cowboy
"Young penguin, if yer lookin' fer trouble, I'll accommodate ya!"
Based on the text of Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth.