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Frances Perkins was the U.S. Labor Secretary under FDR and the first woman to hold a cabinet position. Owing to years of research into working conditions, she was the brains and heart behind the New Deal, which included Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, the 40-Hour work week, workplace protections, and a ban on child labor.
Maude Callen was a midwife who worked in Berkeley County, South Carolina at a time when many families in the area struggled for basic medical care. In addition to attending hundreds of births, Ms. Callen also hosted medical clinics, and provided care for the poorest in the area, many of whom were from families of formerly enslaved people.
This brilliant ruler avenged the death of her husband with a series of clever and debilitating attacks on a neighboring group, consolidating her rule and protecting a dynasty.
She then converted to Christianity and is canonized as a saint in both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.
Phillis Wheatley was a Black and enslaved poet who lived during the early years of the American Revolution. Influenced by Classical and Biblical literature, her poetry was profoundly influential during the early years of the United States.
Cleopatra made a bet with Marc Antony, and the tale has become a matter of both scientific debate and a touchstone for identifying sexism in history books.
Includes an interview with Dr. Prudence Jones with her thoughts on Cleopatra and "citation bias." (2014)