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

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    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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The General

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             In Point on No Return, the General, originally had a larger part in the story. He had his own point of view. But it became clear it would not work well for the story. I thought you might like to know a little more about him. First, you can tell from his photo why Honey fell into bed with him. Second, I hope you can tell what an arrogant ass he was. Some of what follows was used in other places. Some was completely left out.  

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               Honey came to stand in front of his desk the way she did in Cairo.  In those days as her mentor, he would ask her to report. As her lover, the request would be in a low sensual voice. As she recounted details he’d stand next to her so close each one of his heavy breaths would move the fine hairs on her neck as his lips brushed her ear. He’d run a finger over the back of her hand up her arm, totally disinterested in anything she was saying, until she quivered and dissolved against him. He was up and out of his chair circling the desk before he knew what he was doing. There would be no dissolving against him.  Today she stood statue still.  Coldly staring at the spot in the chair he’d occupied seconds before.

He stopped abruptly, like he’d reached the end of a tether, and cleared his throat.  “Coffee?”

Honey turned. “Yes, sir. Thank you.”

It took everything in him not to reach for her, instead turning to a small table where a carafe, cups and other accoutrements necessary for a serious coffee drinker stood. “How long has it been since we’ve seen each other?”  he said as he poured the coffee. He knew exactly when they’d last seen each other.

“A year. Sir”.

Jesus, the ice in her voice.

“The conference at Quantico.” 

Where she had entered late, left early to every session, and did everything necessary to avoid him. 

 He looked at her over his shoulder.  “I meant to talk.” She might not remember, but he did.

“Six years, sir.”  She said defiantly.

Four months after she walked into his office and they began their affair. Cairo was her first field assignment. When he read her personnel folder and found she’d spent her time in intelligence in posh embassy duty assignments he wrote her off as useless. Until he met her.   That first day she bristled with excitement and was ready to get down to serious work.  He’d taken her seriously and bristled with his own excitement at the thought of her being naked under him.  

He put her to work immediately. Set her on something that had seen no progress in six months. Incredibly, in three days she’d developed the mark and had the information. She was smart and had no problem using her assets. They’d celebrated with dinner, too much booze, and damn real, fricking, mind-altering fantastic sex.

He rolled one shoulder then the other, turned and held out a steaming cup.  She took it. He didn’t retract his hand and for a long moment, her hand rested on his. His eyes scanned her face, taking inventory of her features. Honey glanced to their hands and back to his face. What the hell was he doing?  He released his grip but, didn’t move away. 

“It was a mistake walking away from you.” He said.

“General Moore, what am I doing here?” she said. Her voice free of the sarcasm she spoke so fluently. 

He shook his head. The skin over his jaw tightened, twitched and relaxed. Intensity drained from him.  He retreated a step, then another and circled his desk. 

“Sit down, Major Thornton.” He said sinking into his chair.

He positioned his elbow on the arm of his chair, rested his hand against his cheek and did his best to act casual.  Damn, she looked good. She’d hardly changed. Unaffected by the responsibilities of her job. The epitome of a Nordic woman. Pale skin that had miraculously managed to stay that way after years in the Middle East. High cheek bones, a strong jaw that ended in a chin with a slight clef.  White blonde hair pulled back in the same severe style as the first day he’d seen her.  Blue eyes, like ice on a windshield in winter, scanning him, reading him since she came into his office. Long athletic body filling out the uniform perfectly.  He’d found it odd, almost amusing that she had no idea how she effected men. He’d seen men stop what they were doing to watch her. Her looks so unique he’d had her wear dark wigs and contacts on several of their Cairo operations.

It didn’t take long for him to realize Honey was brilliant. A natural in the game.  He’d picked her brain during pillow talk and presented her ideas and work as his, earning him a transfer to DC and his first star. He’d been a complete ass. Wanting to wear fucking general’s stars he’d given up too much to get too little.  If he’d explained how he needed to use her data to get promoted she would have understood. If nothing else, her naïve patriotism would have propelled her to help. He shook his head. So many mistakes. If he’d handled it right, they’d be together today. Instead, he was with a spoiled, socialite bitch who spread her legs for any powerful man in DC.  

He missed Honey from the day he left Cairo and now was determined to get her back. The memory of her lithe body naked under him. His fingers tangled in her hair kissing every inch of her body until she begged him to make her come….. Shit! If this plan was going to work he had to stay under control. He couldn’t play his hand too soon or she would bolt. He’d already fucked up saying it was a mistake letting her go. And for Christ’s sake getting up and going to her.

He had to keep it together and wait to play his hand. Soon enough she’d be pressed against him kissing as if they only had minutes to live. Having sex like it was the only way to save the world. 

 

   

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