Extraordinary
Women

  • Anna Elenor Roosevelt

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    (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) politician, diplomat, activist, and longest-serving First lady of the US. After her husband was stricken with polio, she gave speeches, made public appearances on his behalf, and campaigned in his place. She was an outspoken and controversial First Lady who changed and defined the role of future First Ladies.

  • Rose Antonia Maria Valland

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    Rose Antonia Maria Valland (1 November 1898 – 18 September 1980) was a French art historian, a member of the French Resistance, a captain in the French military, and one of the most decorated women in French history. She secretly recorded details of the Nazi plundering of National French and private Jewish-owned art from France.

  • Lea Cabrielle

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    Lea Cabrielle A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, she served as a fighter pilot and intelligence operations officer in the U.S. Navy from May 1997 to June 2009. She flew the single-seat, carrier-based F/A-18 “Hornet” aircraft in combat operations, and later deployed with a U.S. Special Operations Team as an intelligence operator supporting combat missions. She continues to volunteer as a guest speaker and emcee for charitable and promotional events supporting members of the military, their families and veterans. She now works as a journalist for the Fox news Channel.

  • Megan McClung

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    Megan McClung was the first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War. Major McClung was serving as a public affairs officer in Al Anbar Province, Iraq when she was killed.

  • Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz

    Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz

    Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz became the first female superintendent at any of the U.S. service academies. A 1982 Coast Guard Academy graduate and a surface operations officer with 12 years of sea duty, Admiral Stosz has plotted a course that includes many firsts for women in the military. Her performance in previous assignments as commanding officer for recruit training at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., the Director of Reserve and Leadership, and the commanding officer of two cutters, has demonstrated a commitment to building a diverse workforce.

  • Nancy Grace Augusta Wake

    Nancy Wake

    Nancy Grace Augusta Wake (August 30, 1912 – August 07, 2011), also known as the “White Mouse”, was one of the most decorated secret agents of the Second World War. By war’s end in Europe she had become famed as a resourceful, dauntless Resistance leader, who topped the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and had saved hundreds of Allied lives. She parachuted behind enemy lines, dodged bullets many times, rode a bicycle 250 miles to alert the French resistance to the Normandy invasion, was involved in ambushing German convoys and destroying bridges and railway lines.

  • Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin (born August 27, 1947) is an American doctor of Animal Science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock industry in animal behavior. As a person with high-functioning autism, Grandin is also widely noted for her work in autism advocacy and is the inventor of the hug machine designed to calm hypersensitive persons.

  • Bessie Coleman

    Bessie Coleman

    Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license.

  • Nora Roberts

    Nora Roberts

    Nora Roberts (born Eleanor Marie Robertson, October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA), is a bestselling American author of more than 165 romance novels, and she writes as J.D. Robb for the “In Death” series. She also has written under the pseudonym Jill March, and some of her works were published in the UK as Sarah Hardesty.

  • Helen  Keller

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    Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play and film “The Miracle Worker”.

  • Sally Ride

    Sally Ride

    Dr. Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) from Los Angeles, California, was an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. She studied at Portola Middle School, Westlake School for Girls, Swarthmore College and Stanford University, and earned a master’s degree and PhD. Ride joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983, became the first American woman, and then-youngest American, to enter space. In 1987 she left NASA to work at Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control.

  • Carol Mutter

    Carol Mutter

    Carol A. Mutter (born December 17, 1945) is a retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general. She is the first woman in the history of the United States Armed Forces to be appointed to a three-star grade. She retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1999. Her last active duty assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (DC/S, M&RA) at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • Wilma Rudolph

    Wilma Rudolph

    Wilma Glodean Rudolph (June 23, 1940 – November 12, 1994) was an American athlete. Rudolph was considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 and in 1960.

  • Sarah Deal Burrow

    Sarah Deal

    Lt. Col. Sarah Deal Burrow, United States Marine Corps, became the first female Marine selected for Naval aviation training, and subsequently the Marine Corps’ first female aviator in 1993.

  • Antonia Novello

    Antonia Novello

    Dr. Antonia Coello Novello, M.D., (born August 23, 1944) is a Puerto Rican physician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as fourteenth Surgeon General of the United States from 1990 to 1993. Novello is the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as Surgeon General.

  • The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood

    The 2009 Class of Golden Heart Finalists, dubbed the “Ruby Slippered Sisterhood”.

  • Sandra Day O’Connor

    Sandra Day O'Connor

    Sandra Day O’Connor (born March 26, 1930) is an American jurist who was the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until her retirement from the Court in 2006. O’Connor was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.[2] During her tenure, she was regarded as the Court’s leading centrist, and was the swing vote in many cases; this made her the most powerful justice for many years.

  • Pvt. Minnie Spotted Wolf

    Minnie Spotted Wolf

    Private Minnie Spotted-Wolf (1923 – 1988) was the first Native American woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. She enlisted in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in July 1943.

  • Sergeant Kimberly Munley

    Sergeant Kimberly Munley a civilian Department of Defense police officer at Ft Hood credited with stopping the firing rampage of an Army Major within a few minutes after he launched his attack. Munley, a 35 year old petite mother of two, put her life at risk and drew the attention of shooter. She fired and took the man down. But not before she was shot three times. Munley is credited with preventing many more deaths.

  • Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter is a cultural and feminist icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II, many of whom worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and war supplies.

  • Wives of police officers, firemen, soldiers, sailors and marines

  • World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots

    World War II Women Service Pilots

  • SPAR Olivia Hooker: First African American Woman in the Coast Guard

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    In February 1945, Olivia Hooker was sworn in by a Coast Guard officer, becoming the first African-American female admitted into the United States Coast Guard. Hooker joined the service to become a SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready), the acronym used for female service personnel during World War II. She remained in the Coast Guard until the war-time SPARs were disbanded by mid-1946. Dr. Hooker later earned a doctorate in psychology had a distinguished career as a professor.

  • US Navy Admiral Michelle Howard

    US Navy Admiral Michelle Howard made history in July 2014 when she became the first female four-star admiral in the US Navy’s 239-year history. She is the second highest-ranking officer in the Navy. Howard is also the first African American woman to serve as a three-star officer in the U.S. military and became the first to command a U.S. Navy ship.

  • Diana Gabaldon

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    Brilliant author of the historical sci-fi adventure-romance Outlander books, novellas, and graphic novel.

  • Marjorie Harris Carr

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    (1915-1997) an American environmental activist. She is best known for leading the fight against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cross Florida Barge Canal. Carr and her colleagues won a temporary injunction against construction of the canal in January 1971. Days later, President Richard Nixon halted construction of the canal.

 

 

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Deleted Scene – General Saunders Home

This scene took place at General Saunders home but was reduced to a few sentences in a another scene. 

homesThe general’s home was in an upscale neighborhood. Huge homes with palms and perfect tropical landscaping. Several parked cars lined the street and filled the driveway. As Honey approached the house, a florist van pulled away from the curb. She parked the rental car in the space vacated by the van her heart and lungs constricting at the possible reason the van was there. She steeled herself and walked to the door. Instinctively she checked her gig line then remembered she wasn’t in uniform and reached for the door bell. A man, in civilian clothes with a military haircut, opened the door before she could ring the bell. “Good morning ma’am.” He said solemnly. “Come in. the General and Mrs. Saunders are accepting condolences in the family room.”  He pointed to the back of the house. Honey walked across a marble entryway to a room where several people congregated. The back walls of the house were floor to ceiling glass and looked out to a pool and the water beyond.  Two men wearing Air Force class A uniforms spoke in low tones to a handsome couple who looked like their only child had been taken from them…again

General Saunders glanced over at her then put his hand on the shoulder of one of the men thanking them for coming. The men stepped away and Honey headed to Kelley’s parents as they moved to meet her.

“Major Thornton.” He held out a hand and Honey took it. He squeezed and used his other hand to trap hers. “My wife and I can’t thank you enough for getting Kelley back to us.”

“Sir, my contribution was. . .”

“Was considerable.”  Mrs. Saunders said firmly as she joined them. “Major, my husband is going to take you to his office to talk. I want you to know I agree with everything he is going to say.  From what David told me about you,” She took a deep breath and gave Honey a regal look. “You are the one who can cut through the bull shit and bring the people who did this to Kelley to justice and closure for us.” Honey was stunned into silence. She nodded.  The woman turned and went to greet a couple.

The general led Honey to his office and handed her a nylon courier case. “Like Ramsey. All my notes anything I thought came close to having a bearing. Questions.”

“Sir, I need to know if there is anything you consider sensitive in here.”  

“Just about everything.”

Flaming fish balls. 

“Nothing that involves national secrets. Nothing outside your security clearance. Yes, I checked you out.”

She said nothing.

“I want to introduce you to some people here.”

“No sir.” Her interruption caused a hard stare. “If this goes south I don’t want anyone making any connections. For your protection.” She felt her career was pretty much going south no sense taking anyone with her. He studied her a minute and nodded. “If you could get someone you trust to come in and escort me out that door,” she tipped her head in the direction of French doors leading to a patio. “And to my car.” Seemed she was making a habit of skipping out the back.

“Wait here. I’ll get someone I trust. ” He opened the door and stopped. “Major, get those fuckers.”

Geezus. No pressure or anything. She gripped the case handle tight and was startled when the man who greeted her at the door came in the patio door. 

“How do you want to do this?” he said.

“As casually and quickly as possible.” She replied.  “No attempt to hide, yet bring no attention.” She opened the case and put her small purse inside then lengthened the strap and slung it on her shoulder.  “Let’s go.” He nodded and held the door open for her.

“You related to the general?” she asked as they rounded the side of the house.

“Yes. Nephew.”

“Do you know what’s going on here?”

He stopped and so did she. “No and yes. I know something isn’t right and I think you’re going to fix that.” His eyes narrowed. “And if I can do anything to help. My name’s…”

“No. No names. The offer is noted.” She looked around. “I can take it from here.”

“Ma’am, it was an honor to meet you. Thank you.” He held out his hand and they shook.

Honey hustled to the car putting the case on the floor beside the door and removed her gun from the console putting it under her thigh.     

 

 

Honey walked from Tampa to Nashville. Sitting only for takeoff and landing, she’d paced the plane treating the accumulation of information like mental puzzle pieces. Frustrated as hell none of them fit together and having no success fitting them together.  

Working with what she was calling friendly’s required a whole new skill set. One she was learning as she went.

All of them, Moore, Ramsey and Saunders were hiding or holding back information. Not to mention what that bastard Bristol was doing.  She expected O’Brien would also. She not only had to figure out what they were hiding but why.  Or maybe figure out the why and the what would follow. It had all seemed so straight forward in the beginning. Get in. Do the job. Get out. Now it was a huge pile of steaming, stinking, crap. 

   

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