Please join us in celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice.

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Victoria Woodhull (September 23, 1838 to June 9, 1927)

            Victoria Woodhull was a leader of the American suffrage movement. She advocated for labor reforms and women’s rights such as, the freedom to marry, divorce, and bear children without any government interference. Furthermore, Woodhull was the first women to be nominated for the United States Presidency in 1872. However, some scholars have argued it was not a true candidacy due to the legality of age requirements. In 2001, Woodhull was inducted posthumously into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

 Ho Feng-Shan  (September 10, 1901 – September 28, 1997)

            Ho Feng-Shan  was a Vienna Chinese diplomat who saved more than a thousand Jews. In 1938, Ho was appointed as Consul General. After the events of Kristallnacht, Ho issued visas to Austrian Jews, which was required to leave Austria, to immigrate to Shanghai for humanitarian reasons. He issued 1,200 visas in the first three months as Consul General. As a result, his assistance helped Austrian Jews avoid persecution. In 2001, he was awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli organization Yad Vashem (official Israel’s Holocaust memorial).

Gloria Jean Watkins also known as Bell Hooks (09/25/1952)
Bell Hooks is an American author, feminist and social activists. As an author, she focused on issues such as race, class, gender. sexuality, mass media, and feminism. Her first major work  Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism was published in 1981 was an influential contribution to the postmodern feminist school of thought.

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