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Genie Chance: Broadcasting 59 Hours Through An Earthquake

Genie Chance: Surviving and Broadcasting Through the Great Alaska Earthquake On Friday, March 27th, 1964, the ground in Alaska shook. It didn’t just shake – the earthquake was a 9.2 on the Richter scale –  the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded, and the most powerful one in North America. The earthquake was so powerful, that the tsunami that followed caused causalities in Oregon and California. 139 people died in that earthquake. Anchorage was almost…

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Artemisia Gentileschi: The Renaissance Artist Who Sued Her Rapist… And Won

The first woman to get accepted into the Florence Academy of Art during the Renaissance was almost completely forgotten in art history. When she is mentioned, it’s usually due to a traumatic event in her past: her rape and court trial. But Artemisia Gentileschi was a trailblazing painter very much ahead of her time, and she painted some of the most iconic portraits of women. Artemisia Gentileschi: Early Life Gentileschi was born in Florence in…

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5 Female Comedians To Watch In 2022 [& Where To Watch Them]

Nicole Byer Nicole Byer is currently all over the place – and for a good reason: she’s one of the funniest people out there, male or female. She took the things about her that most people would find tragic: being obese and single in her 30s and turned it into something that is full of joy is bound to put a smile on your face. You can follow her quest to understand why she’s still…

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Famous Lesbians in History: Ultimate List [2023 UPDATED]

Throughout history, there have been a number of notable queer women who have made their mark on the world. From Queen Christina of Sweden to Anne Lister, these brave individuals were not afraid to express themselves and live openly as lesbians, even when it was illegal or not talked about. Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689) Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689) was queen regnant of the Swedish Empire from 1632 until her abdication in 1654. She…

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5 Female Renaissance Artists You Must Know

The Renaissance was a time of great change and creativity in art. Although women were not always given the same opportunities as men, there were many talented female artists who made their mark during this period. Male artists were able to study under established masters, while women were not. Additionally, women were not allowed to join the major art academies of the time. This meant that their work was not seen by as many people…

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Dolores O’Riordan: The Irish Singer Behind The ‘Zombie’ Anthem

Dolores O’Riordan was an Irish singer, songwriter and musician. She was the lead vocalist for the rock band The Cranberries from 1990 until their dissolution in 2003 and again from 2009 until her death in 2018. Her first solo album, Are You Listening?, was released in 2007. Dolores O’Riordan won numerous awards throughout her career, including two Grammy Awards, four World Music Awards, and five MTV Europe Music Awards. O’Riordan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder…

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Willem Arondeus: The Gay Men That Led The Dutch Resistance

Willem Arondeus: Who Was He? Arondeus was a Dutch artist and author who is best known for his role in the resistance during World War II. In 1943, he founded Brandarisbrief, a publication that criticized the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and advocated for resistance. He also led a group of resistance fighters in an attack on the identity cards office in Amsterdam, for which he was arrested and executed. Today, Arondeus is remembered as…

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Carolina Maria de Jesus: She Lived In the Slums, Had An Elementary-School Education, and Wrote a Best-Seller

“And so, on May 13th, 1958, I found myself fighting against modern slavery: hunger!” So wrote Carolina Maria de Jesus in her journal, in one of São Paulo’s poorest favelas (slums).  Carolina was born to descendants of slavers, only went to school for two years, and still wrote an international best-seller.  Her journal, which was published in 1960, vividly described life in São Paulo’s favelas.  It sold over 10,000 copies in the first three days…

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Mary Pickford: Hollywood’s Big Star Fought Against the Studios

She was one of Hollywood’s first stars, known as America’s Sweetheart (despite being born in Canada), but she was also a savvy businesswoman. Along with Douglas Fairbanks (who would later become her husband), Charlie Chaplin, and the producer W.D Griffith, founded the only independent movie studio in Hollywood’s glamour age. Mary Pickford: Childhood Mary Pickford was born in 1892, the first daughter born to an especially poor family in Toronto. Her parents worked odd jobs,…

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Hedy Lamarr: She Was The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, and the inventor of the Bluetooth

“My beauty was my curse, so-to-speak. It created an impenetrable shield between people and who I really was, and made people view me in only one light.” So said Hedy Lamarr, one of the most amazing women of the 20th century and the stars of Hollywood during it’s Golden Age.  Lamarr was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” many times, and starred in blockbusters between the 30s and 50s in Europe and in…

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