From Wonder Woman #113
Struck out both Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth as a 17-year-old minor league pitcher, when both Ruth and Gehrig were Yankees. (Jackie Mitchell)
ETA: The next day, MLB commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis voided Mitchell’s contract, claiming that baseball was “too strenuous” for women.
Opened the first legal birth control clinic in the U.S., and the first that was staffed entirely by female doctors and social workers, which received crucial grants from John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s Bureau of Social Hygiene from 1924 onward. Introduced the diaphragm to the the U.S., smuggling them from the Netherlands. Helped organize the first World Population Conference in Geneva. Opened a family planning clinic in Harlem that sought to enlist support for contraceptive use and to bring the benefits of family planning to women who were denied access to their city’s health and social services. Staffed by a black physician and black social worker, the clinic was endorsed by The Amsterdam News (the powerful local newspaper), the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Urban League, and the black community’s elder statesman, W. E. B. Du Bois. Toured Europe, Africa and Asia in the 1960s lecturing and helping to establish clinics (Margaret Sanger)
Escaped slavery and then returned several times to lead 70 other slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. During the American Civil War she was a Union Spy, recruited men for the war, led raids that freed hundreds of other slaves, was crucial to several ambushes, campaigned throughout for women’s right to vote, took care of her parents, and died at age ninety-three in a home for elderly African-Americans that she herself had founded earlier in her life. All while having chronic head trauma that caused seizures most of her life. (Harriet Tubman)
Composed some of the earliest secular music in Europe, including this piece, one of the few surviving works by a trobairitz, or Spanish female troubadour (Comtessa Beatritz de Diá)
Took these photographs. (Margaret Bourke-White)