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Lucy Schell: The Race Car Driver That Beat Hitler

In the 1930s, the Germany had complete domination of one of the most popular sports at the time: race car driving. German drivers, in state-of-the art Mercedes cars, armed with money from the Nazi regime, starred in Grand Prix competitions. Until one woman had had enough, and decided to compete against the German hegemony. Lucy O’Reilly Schell, an American trailblazing woman, was herself a former race car driver. She also inherited a fortune from her…

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Cécile Rol-Tanguy: Communist Resistance Fighter Who Liberated Paris

In May 1940, Cécile Rol-Tanguy’s father was imprisoned by the Vichy regime. Her partner, Henri, was off fighting, far away from Paris. Her daughter, Françoise, passed away only a few days before, just as the Nazis invaded the city. Shortly after, she found out that her father was sent to Auschwitz, where he passed away in 1941. Instead of sinking into the depths of depression, Cécile decided to fight. Even before the war, she grew…

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Barbe-Nicole Clicquot: Widowed at 27, She Founded the Most Prestigious Champagne Brand in the World

She was widowed at the age of 27, as a mother to a 3-year-old daughter. Napoleon’s wars occupied the world, and importing goods from France was forbidden. But Barbe-Nicole Clicquot didn’t give up. Instead, she went down to the basement and developed new methods to make wine. Her methods are still used today to make what we now call champagne. Thus, she became of the world’s first international businesswomen.  In case you were wondering, “‘Veuve”…

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