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Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, created specialized hair products for African-American hair and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.
  • Civil Rights Activist,
  • Philanthropist,
  • Entrepreneur
  • (1867–1919)

Helen Keller

American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century's leading humanitarians, as well as co-founder of the ACLU.
  • Educator,
  • Journalist
  • (1880–1968)

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale, a nurse, spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded, establishing her image as the 'Lady with the Lamp.'
  • Nurse
  • (1820–1910)

Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a teen writer who went into hiding during the Holocaust, journaling her experiences in the renowned work The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • (1929–1945)

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, mysteriously disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.
  • Pilot
  • (1897–c. 1939)

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.
  • Civil Rights Activist
  • (c. 1820–1913)

Beauties With a Conscience

In honor of what would've been Elizabeth Taylor's 83rd birthday today, we take a look at her along with four other classic film actresses whose passion for humanitarian causes were as strong as their celebrity.
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