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A Horoscope of Powerful Women

Aries: Gloria Steinem - journalist, activist for women in the media

Taurus: Queen Elizabeth II - longest-reigning queen in history

Gemini: Laverne Cox - actress, LGBTQ and trans-rights activist

Cancer: Malala Yousafzai - activist, youngest Nobel prize laureate in history

Leo: JK Rowling - UK’s best-selling living author

Virgo: Beyonce Knowles - singer, women and African American rights activist

Libra: Julie Payette - astronaut, holder of 26 honorary degrees

Scorpio: Elizabeth Cady Stanton - feminist, abolitionist, suffragist

Sagittarius: Ella Baker - civil rights activist and leader

Capricorn: Michelle Obama - lawyer, health activist

Aquarius: Harriet Tubman - Underground Railroad conductor, abolitionist

Pisces: Janet Mock - writer, trans-rights activist

Badass doesn't always show on the outside.

Alexander the Great: (356 BC- 323 BC)Macedonian King, conqueror of much of the ancient world.

Germanicus: (15BC- 19 AD) Famed Roman military commander.

Hua Mulan: (7th century AD) Young Chinese peasant girl who disguised herself as a man so that her father wouldn’t be conscripted.  Rose the ranks to become a high ranking general.

Joan of Arc: (1412-1431) Teenage girl who led the French to victory against the English during the Hundred Years War.

Pope Julius II:  (1443 - 1514) “The Warrior Pope” who donned armor and personally led armies into battle.  

Elizabeth Stokes: (early 18th century) One of the most popular bareknuckle boxers in 17th century England.

Harriet Tubman: (1820-1913) Former slave, underground railroad conductor, army scout, co-commander of the Combahee River Raid, underwent brain surgery without anesthesia. 

Sgt. John Clem: (1851 - 1937) Enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 9. Youngest non-commissioned officer in the US Army with the rank of Sergeant.  Was wounded twice.

Maj. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain: (1828-1914) “The Fighting Professor”  Spoke nine languages fluently. Taught every subject in the curriculum at Bowdoin College.  Commanded the 20th Maine Regiment in the successful defense of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Led his men in an assault despite being shot in the groin at the Battle of Petersburgh.  Medal of Honor recipient.

Col. Robert Gould Shaw: (1837 - 1863) Commander of the all black 54th Massachusetts Regiment during the Civil War.  Killed in action at the 2nd Battle of Fort Wagner.

Edith Garrud: (1872-1971)“The Jiu-Jitsu Suffragist”

Sgt. Stubby: World War I veteran. Served in 17 battles. Warned his unit of gas attacks and incoming artillery, found wounded in no man’s land, and caught a German spy.  Was wounded in action once.

Nancy Wake: (1912 - 2011) Commanded 7,000 French Resistance fighters during World War II. The Gestapo (German Secret Police) had a 5 million franc bounty on her head.

Klavdiya Kalugina: (20th century) Soviet sniper during World War II, age 17.

Audie Murphy: (1925-1971) World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient, America’s most decorated soldier in history. Among his awards were the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, four Purple Hearts, the French Legion of Honor, two French Croix de Guerre’s, the French Fourregere (worn around his shoulder),and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. Was rejected by the Marine Corps and Navy because he was only 5'5" and 110 Lbs.

Unsinkable Sam: (1941-1955) Survived the sinking of three warships during World War II. (Bismarck, HMS Cossack, HMS Ark Royal)

Sgt. Major Mike Vining: Delta Force Operator. Veteran of Vietnam, the Iran Hostage Crises rescue attempt, Grenada, the Gulf War, Haiti, as well as numerous other classified missions. 

Below is what he looked like when he was awarded his first Bronze star.

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Rukhsana Kauser: 18 year old farmgirl from India who defended her family from 6 heavily armed terrorists with an axe and a captured assault rifle.

Yang Yuode: A Chinese farmer who defended his home from a band of thugs with a homemade rocket launcher and a homemade cannon.

Brennan Hawkins: Survived 5 days lost and alone in the Utah wilderness.