Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb (1942 — )

In 1966 Bobbi Gibb became the first female to finish the Boston Marathon
In 1966 Bobbi Gibb became the first female to finish the Boston Marathon
Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb (Credit: Boston Globe)

“I thought about how many preconceived prejudices would crumble when i trotted right along for 26 miles.”

~ Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb


Ruth Coker Burks (1959 — )

Ruth Coker Burks — Cemetery Angel AIDS Angel comforted dying gay men in the 1980s and 1990s
Ruth Coker Burks — Cemetery Angel AIDS Angel comforted dying gay men in the 1980s and 1990s
Ruth Coker Burks (Credit: Today Show)

“Word got out that there was this kind of wacko woman in Hot Springs who wasn’t afraid… I was their hospice. Their gay friends were their hospice. Their companions were their hospice.”

~ Ruth Coker Burks


Activist Bayard Rustin (1912–1987)

Bayard Rustin was a central figure in Civil Rights movements for much of his life
Bayard Rustin was a central figure in Civil Rights movements for much of his life
Bayard Rustin (Credit: History.com)

“When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” ~ Bayard Rustin


Corporal Waverly Woodson Jr. (1922–2005)

Waverly Woodson Jr. saved over 200 soldiers at Omaha Beach. He deserves the medal of honor.
Waverly Woodson Jr. saved over 200 soldiers at Omaha Beach. He deserves the medal of honor.
Cpl Waverly Woodson Jr. (Credit: ABC News)

“He pulled out bullets, patched gaping wounds, and dispensed blood plasma. He amputated a right foot. When he thought he could do no more, he resuscitated four drowning men. Thirty hours after he set his boots on Omaha Beach, Woody Woodson collapsed.” ~ Linda Hervieux (author) — Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War


Deborah Samson (1760–1827)

Images of Deborah Samson (Credit: Inside Edition)

“I am indeed willing to acknowledge what I have done, an error and presumption. I will call it an error and presumption because I swerved from the accustomed flowery path of female delicacy, to walk upon the heroic precipice of feminine perdition!” ~ Deborah Samson


“Mayor of Christopher Street” Marsha P. Johnson (1945–1992)

Marsha P. Johnson (Credit: NJ.com)

“We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are.”

— Marsha P. Johnson


Transgender Pioneer Christine Jorgenson (1926–1989)

Transgender Pioneer Christine Jorgenson
Transgender Pioneer Christine Jorgenson
Photo of Christine Jorgenson (Credit: Biography.com)

“Nature made a mistake, which I have corrected.” — Christine Jorgensen


He’s credited with saving more lives than any other 20th century scientist

Virologist Dr. Maurice Hilleman Developed more than 40 Vaccines
Virologist Dr. Maurice Hilleman Developed more than 40 Vaccines
Dr. Maurice Hilleman (Credit: Vaccine Makers)

“If I had to name a person who has done more for the benefit of human health, with less recognition than anyone else, it would be Maurice Hilleman. Maurice should be recognized as the most successful vaccinologist in history.” ~ Robert Gallo (Co-Discoverer of the AIDS Virus)


He pioneered the storage and transfusion of blood plasma

“Father of the Blood Bank” Dr. Charles R. Drew
“Father of the Blood Bank” Dr. Charles R. Drew
Dr. Charles R. Drew (Credit: Haiku Deck)

“I am blood and blood is me.” ~ Dr. Charles R. Drew


His early work with the Fairchild Channel F system changed the (video) game

Jerry Lawson, inventor of the videogame cartridge
Jerry Lawson, inventor of the videogame cartridge
Photo of Jerry Lawson (Credit: Global Nerdy)

“Jerry Lawson was undoubtedly one of the influential forces within our industry from the time he developed Demolition Derby onward, including his leadership of the Fairchild Channel F’s development,” ~ Renee Gittins, executive director, IGDA

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