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.
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.
At 22, she helped establish the underground station Congress Radio, which amplified Mahatma Gandhi’s message of rebellion.
She was born into the aristocracy but became an activist for commoners while depicting social injustices in her paintings.
Athaiya, a costume designer on more than 100 films, won the award in 1983 for her work on “Gandhi.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
He worked in fashion houses like Jean-Louis Scherrer, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior and dressed Annie Lennox, Thelma Houston and other stars.
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.
Critics lauded her stream-of-consciousness style and described her as glamorous and mysterious. But she didn’t always welcome the attention she received.
A sexual health educator and counselor in Los Angeles, she challenged a dominant culture that viewed people with disabilities as asexual beings.
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.”
She was arrested multiple times but persisted in her activism, which ultimately helped women secure the right to vote in England.
“Century of Struggle,” her 1959 history of the women’s rights movement, uncovered previously ignored narratives, like the contributions of African-American women.
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.
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.
She was the first Black woman to run for vice president, in 1952. She was also a pioneering journalist.
She was a charismatic and powerful public speaker who pushed for equal pay for equal work, better labor standards and overall empowerment for 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.
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.
Going public with her disability helped her cope with the pain and hardship she felt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1966, she used a powerful electron microscope to capture an image of a mysterious pathogen — the first coronavirus known to cause human disease.
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.
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.