Overlooked No More: William B. Gould, Escaped Slave and Civil War Diarist

He served nearly three years in the U.S. Navy and documented almost all of it, leaving an invaluable record of Black life during the war.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #diaries, #gould-william-b-1837-1923, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Overlooked No More: Elizabeth Hayes, Coal Town Doctor Who Fought for Miners

“Dr. Betty” led 350 miners on a strike in Pennsylvania in 1945 demanding that the mining company that owned their town improve horridly unsanitary conditions.

#biographical-information, #coal, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #hayes-elizabeth-1912-84, #mines-and-mining, #pennsylvania, #sewers-and-sewage, #shawmut-mining-co

Overlooked No More: Louise Little, Activist and Mother of Malcolm X

She fought oppression in public and private spheres, and shaped her son’s education as he evolved into a powerful thinker and speaker.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #discrimination, #garvey-marcus-jr, #little-louise-1894-1897-1991, #malcolm-x, #parenting, #the-three-mothers-how-the-mothers-of-martin-luther-king-jr-malcolm-x-and-james-baldwin-shaped-a-nation-book

Overlooked No More: Barbara Shermund, Flapper-Era Cartoonist

For two decades, she drew almost 600 cartoons for The New Yorker with female characters that commented on life with wit, intelligence and irony.

#art, #barbara-shermund, #biographical-information, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #new-yorker, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Mary Eliza Mahoney, Who Opened Doors in Nursing

As the first trained Black nurse in America, Mahoney devoted her life to creating opportunities in the profession for people of all races.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #discrimination, #mahoney-mary-eliza-1845-1926, #massachusetts, #new-england-hospital-for-women-and-children-boston-mass, #nursing-and-nurses, #united-states, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Ora Washington, Star of Tennis and Basketball

She was dominant in both sports over two decades and was in all likelihood the first Black star in women’s sports in the United States.

#american-tennis-association, #basketball, #biographical-information, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #philadelphia-pa, #tennis, #washington-ora-1898-99-1971, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Lee Godie, Eccentric Chicago Street Artist

A self-described Impressionist, she hawked her art on Michigan Avenue in the 1970s and ’80s and lived mostly outdoors. But her work is in museums.

#american-folk-art-museum, #art, #biographical-information, #chicago-ill, #godie-lee-1908-94, #museums, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Artist and Author Who Explored Identity

She was murdered after the publication of her first novel, “Dictee,” a challenging exploration of Korean history and immigrant life that inspires Asian American writers today.

#art, #asian-americans, #biographical-information, #books-and-literature, #cha-theresa-hak-kyung, #dictee-book, #korean-americans, #writing-and-writers

Doris Lee, Unjustly Forgotten, Gets a Belated but Full Blown Tribute

Shining a spotlight on a painter and illustrator at the nexus of folk art and Modernism. She appeared everywhere, from W.P.A. murals to Life magazine. Then she disappeared.

#art, #biographical-information, #content-type-personal-profile, #d-wigmore-fine-art, #lee-doris-1905-83, #life-magazine, #murals, #museums, #women-and-girls, #works-progress-administration

Overlooked No More: Frances B. Johnston, Photographer Who Defied Genteel Norms

Undaunted by obstacles facing her gender, she carved out a career taking portraits of celebrities and creating series on architecture and education.

#biographical-information, #deaths-obituaries, #johnston-frances-benjamin, #overlooked, #photography, #women-and-girls

Patricia Highsmith Lived Extravagantly, and Took Copious Notes

The writer’s newly released diaries and notebooks, spanning five decades from 1941 to 1995, are a record of hard work, wild nightlife and passionate love affairs.

#biographical-information, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #diaries, #highsmith-patricia, #patricia-highsmith-her-diaries-and-notebooks-1941-1995-book, #writing-and-writers

Overlooked No More: Louise Blanchard Bethune, Who Changed the Face of Buffalo

She is widely considered to have been the first American woman to become a certified architect, and she left her stamp throughout western New York and in New England.

#architecture, #bethune-louise-blanchard-1856-1913, #biographical-information, #buffalo-ny, #building-construction, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Kim Hak-soon, Who Broke the Silence for ‘Comfort Women’

Her public testimony about the horrors of sexual slavery that Japan had engineered for its World War II military encouraged other survivors to step forward.

#biographical-information, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #kim-hak-soon-1924-97, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #south-korea, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Overlooked No More: Violet Piercy, Pioneering Marathoner

She established herself as one of the first known female endurance runners in Britain in 1926, a time when women were not permitted to compete in long-distance races.

#biographical-information, #deaths-obituaries, #london-england, #london-marathon, #marathon-running, #piercy-violet-1889-1972, #track-and-field, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Remedios Varo, Spanish Painter of Magic, Mysticism and Science

In the 1950s, and ’60s, she depicted women, artists and thinkers in intricate dreamlike canvases that now fetch high prices.

#art, #biographical-information, #mexico, #spain, #varo-remedios

Overlooked No More: Sinn Sisamouth, ‘King’ of Cambodian Pop Music

He and his singing partner, Ros Serey Sothea, drew from a wide range of Western and local influences. They disappeared after the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975.

#biographical-information, #cambodia, #khmer-rouge, #pop-and-rock-music, #ros-serey-sothea, #sinn-sisamouth

Overlooked No More: Randy Snow, Paralympic Champion of Wheelchair Tennis

He won gold medals in singles and doubles at the 1992 Games in Barcelona and was the first Paralympic athlete to be inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame.

#biographical-information, #disabilities, #paralympic-games, #snow-randy-1959-2009, #tennis, #united-states-open-tennis, #wheelchairs

Overlooked No More: Hettie Anderson, Sculptors’ Model Who Evaded Fame

Her image has been rendered on gold coins and monuments around the United States. But little is known about this Gilded Age model.

#anderson-hettie-1873-1938, #art, #biographical-information, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #french-daniel-chester, #manhattan-nyc, #models-professional, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #saint-gaudens-augustus, #sculpture

Overlooked No More: Janet Sobel, Whose Art Influenced Jackson Pollock

With no formal art training, working in her Brooklyn apartment, she took up the drip style of painting that Pollock later made famous.

#art, #biographical-information, #pollock-jackson, #sobel-janet

Overlooked No More: Eve Adams, Writer Who Gave Lesbians a Voice

Her 1925 book, “Lesbian Love,” is one of the earliest examples of American lesbian literature. She also ran Eve’s Hangout, a literary haunt in Manhattan.

#adams-eve-author, #biographical-information, #books-and-literature, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lesbian-love-book, #paris-france, #poland, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Overlooked No More: Jobriath, Openly Gay Glam Rocker in the ’70s

His space alien persona and theatrical rock music drew comparisons to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character. But American audiences seemed unwilling to accept his sexuality.

#biographical-information, #brandt-jerry-music-producer, #jobriath-1946-83, #pop-and-rock-music

Overlooked No More: Si-lan Chen, Whose Dances Encompassed Worlds

As a dancer and choreographer, she sought to represent a broad range of ethnic groups, but audiences often sexualized and exoticized her by focusing on her mixed race.

#biographical-information, #chen-si-lan, #china, #culture-arts, #dancing, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #trinidad-and-tobago

Overlooked No More: Usha Mehta, Freedom Fighter Against British Rule in India

At 22, she helped establish the underground station Congress Radio, which amplified Mahatma Gandhi’s message of rebellion.

#biographical-information, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gandhi-mohandas-k, #india, #mehta-usha-1920-2000, #politics-and-government, #radio

Overlooked No More: Inji Efflatoun, Egyptian Artist of the People

She was born into the aristocracy but became an activist for commoners while depicting social injustices in her paintings.

#art, #biographical-information, #deaths-obituaries, #efflatoun-inji-1924-89, #egypt, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Bhanu Athaiya, Who Won India Its First Oscar

Athaiya, a costume designer on more than 100 films, won the award in 1983 for her work on “Gandhi.”

#academy-awards-oscars, #athaiya-bhanu-1929-2020, #attenborough-richard, #biographical-information, #costumes, #gandhi-movie, #india, #movies

Overlooked No More: Granville Redmond, Painter, Actor, Friend

He was known for his California landscapes. Deaf since childhood, he acted with Charlie Chaplin in silent films, an early example of deaf representation in Hollywood.

#actors-and-actresses, #art, #biographical-information, #california, #chaplin-charlie, #deafness, #movies, #redmond-granville-1871-1935

Overlooked No More: Kitty Cone, Trailblazer of the Disability Rights Movement

Shunned in school because of her disability, she devoted her life to the cause, organizing a historic sit-in that led to landmark federal legislation.

#504-sit-in, #americans-with-disabilities-act, #biographical-information, #california, #cone-kitty-1944-2015, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disabilities, #discrimination, #san-francisco-calif

Overlooked No More: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Whose Art Chronicled Black Life

She believed that life for her people in America was an act of near-superhuman perseverance, and she was determined to capture that history in every medium she could.

#art, #biographical-information, #black-people, #columbus-ohio, #columbus-museum-of-art, #robinson-aminah-brenda-lynn-1940-2015

Overlooked No More: Jimmie McDaniel, Tennis Player Who Broke Barriers

More than 80 years ago he played what is believed to have been the first interracial tennis match, against Don Budge, the world champion. But he has become a forgotten footnote of the game’s storied past.

#american-tennis-association, #athletics-and-sports, #biographical-information, #black-people, #mcdaniel-jimmie-1916-90, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #tennis

Overlooked No More: Jay Jaxon, Pioneering Black Designer of French Couture

He worked in fashion houses like Jean-Louis Scherrer, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior and dressed Annie Lennox, Thelma Houston and other stars.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #couture-fashion, #design, #fashion-and-apparel, #jamaica-queens-ny, #jaxon-jay-jason, #paris-france

Overlooked No More: Dedé Mirabal, Who Carried the Torch of Her Slain Sisters

After they were murdered by Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican Republic’s ruthless dictator, Dedé Mirabal made sure that the world knew of their resistance to him.

#biographical-information, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #dominican-republic, #mirabal-sisters, #mirabal-dede-1925-2014, #politics-and-government, #trujillo-rafael

Overlooked No More: Clarice Lispector, Novelist Who Captivated Brazil

Critics lauded her stream-of-consciousness style and described her as glamorous and mysterious. But she didn’t always welcome the attention she received.

#biographical-information, #books-and-literature, #brazil, #deaths-obituaries, #lispector-clarice, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Overlooked No More: Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, Reproductive Rights Advocate

A sexual health educator and counselor in Los Angeles, she challenged a dominant culture that viewed people with disabilities as asexual beings.

#biographical-information, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #california, #disabilities, #discrimination, #fiduccia-barbara-waxman-1955-2001, #spinal-muscular-atrophy, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Anya Phillips, Fashion Influencer in New York’s Punk Scene

She helped give pulse to the movement’s anti-establishment credo, dressing musicians like Debbie Harry of Blondie and James Chance and becoming a downtown “It girl.”

#biographical-information, #chance-james-1953, #design, #fashion-and-apparel, #harry-deborah, #music, #new-york-city, #phillips-anya-1955-81, #pop-and-rock-music, #taiwan

Overlooked No More: Rosa May Billinghurst, Militant Suffragette

She was arrested multiple times but persisted in her activism, which ultimately helped women secure the right to vote in England.

#billinghurst-rosa-may-1875-1953, #biographical-information, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #england, #great-britain, #suffragists, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Overlooked No More: Eleanor Flexner, Pioneering Feminist in an Anti-Feminist Age

“Century of Struggle,” her 1959 history of the women’s rights movement, uncovered previously ignored narratives, like the contributions of African-American women.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #flexner-eleanor, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #research, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Overlooked No More: Lucy Diggs Slowe, Scholar Who Persisted Against Racism and Sexism

Impelled by her vision of the modern Black woman, Slowe nurtured a post-World War I generation at Howard University to be empowered, self-aware and globally conscious.

#alpha-kappa-alpha, #biographical-information, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #howard-university, #race-and-ethnicity, #slowe-lucy-diggs-1883-1937, #washington-dc, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Suffragist With a Distinction

Lee stood out as a Chinese immigrant, giving speeches, writing articles and helping to lead a 10,000-strong march through the streets of New York City when she was just a teenager.

#2020-suffrage, #biographical-information, #chinatown-manhattan-ny, #chinese-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #lee-mabel-ping-hua-1896-1966, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass

She was the first Black woman to run for vice president, in 1952. She was also a pioneering journalist.

#bass-charlotta-1874-1969, #biographical-information, #black-people, #harris-kamala-d, #los-angeles-calif, #newspapers, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #presidential-election-of-1952, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

Overlooked No More: Leonora O’Reilly, Suffragist Who Fought for Working Women

She was a charismatic and powerful public speaker who pushed for equal pay for equal work, better labor standards and overall empowerment for women.

#biographical-information, #labor-and-jobs, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #oreilly-leonora, #organized-labor, #voting-and-voters, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Overlooked No More: Jovita Idár, Who Promoted Rights of Mexican-Americans and Women

As a teacher, writer, editor and activist, Idár preserved Mexican culture in South Texas and encouraged women to pursue an education and push for equal rights.

#2020-suffrage, #biographical-information, #idar-jovita-1885-1946, #laredo-tex, #mexican-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #womens-rights

Overlooked No More: Roland Johnson, Who Fought to Shut Down Institutions for the Disabled

He survived 13 years of neglect and abuse, including sexual assault, at the notorious Pennhurst State School and Hospital outside Philadelphia before emerging as a champion for the disabled.

#abuse-of-the-disabled, #americans-with-disabilities-act, #biographical-information, #intellectual-disabilities, #johnson-roland-1945-94, #pennhurst-state-school-and-hospital, #pennsylvania

Overlooked No More: Cheryl Marie Wade, a Performer Who Refused to Hide

Going public with her disability helped her cope with the pain and hardship she felt.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #art, #axis-dance-co, #biographical-information, #disabilities, #poetry-and-poets, #wade-cheryl-marie-1948-2013

Overlooked No More: Nancy Green, the ‘Real Aunt Jemima’

A nanny and cook, she played the part as the pancake flour company that employed her perpetuated a racial stereotype. She died 97 years ago in Chicago.

#advertising-and-marketing, #aunt-jemima-milling-co, #biographical-information, #black-people, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #green-nancy-1834-1923, #illinois, #pancakes, #pepsico-inc, #quaker-oats-co, #race-and-ethnicity, #trademarks-and-trade-names

Overlooked No More: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Pioneering Gay Activist

Before the word “homosexuality” existed, he argued that same-sex attraction was innate, and that those who experienced it should be treated the same as anyone else.

#biographical-information, #discrimination, #germany, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #politics-and-government, #ulrichs-karl-heinrich-1825-95

Overlooked No More: Valerie Solanas, Radical Feminist Who Shot Andy Warhol

She made daring arguments in “SCUM Manifesto,” her case for a world without men. But her legacy as a writer and thinker was overshadowed by one violent act.

#biographical-information, #books-and-literature, #mental-health-and-disorders, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #scum-manifesto-book, #solanas-valerie, #warhol-andy, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Overlooked No More: When Hazel Ying Lee and Maggie Gee Soared the Skies

Lee and Gee never met, but as the only two Chinese-American women pilots during the war, their lives ran a strikingly similar course, and both thwarted layers of prejudice.

#biographical-information, #chinese-americans, #gee-maggie-1923-2013, #lee-hazel-ying-1912-44, #pilots, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #women-airforce-service-pilots-wasps, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Overlooked No More: June Almeida, Scientist Who Identified the First Coronavirus

In 1966, she used a powerful electron microscope to capture an image of a mysterious pathogen — the first coronavirus known to cause human disease.

#almeida-june-1930-2007, #biographical-information, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #microbiology, #research

Overlooked No More: Eunice Foote, Climate Scientist Lost to History

Foote’s ingenious experiment more than 150 years ago yielded a remarkable discovery that could have helped shape modern climate science had she not been overshadowed.

#biographical-information, #eunice-newton-foote, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #science-and-technology, #women-and-girls

Overlooked No More: F.N. Souza, India’s Anti-Establishment Artist

Souza, who started a collective of renegade artists in 1947, embraced the sacred and profane in erotically charged images. Several of his paintings fetched record auction prices for Indian art.

#art, #biographical-information, #india, #politics-and-government, #progressive-artistsgroup, #souza-francis-newton