Four time world champion surfer Frieda Zamba, 1987.
April 6, 1958. Detroit police members: women.
I’m not for the cops but I am cool with this.
This is Gisella Perl, a a successful Jewish gynaecologist in Sighet, Romania in the 1930s and 40s. She was taken to Auschwitz in 1944, where she treated women with kindness and compassion. She was asked to report all pregnant women to Josef Mengele- better known as the Angel of Death. When she discovered what was done to them (medical experimentation and torture, ending with often being thrown alive into the crematoriums) she vowed that there would never again be a pregnant woman in Auschwitz. So she began the abortions.
In her time in Auschwitz, Dr. Perl performed over 3,000 abortions in spite of her professional and religious beliefs as a doctor and an observant Jew. Any babies born alive in Auschwitz were usually drowned, despite Mengele’s orders to allow them to starve to death. Because of Dr. Perl’s brave actions in performing these abortions, many women made it out of Aschwitz alive, able to go on and have families after the war.
Although she was vilified by many for her actions, there is no doubt that she is not the monster abortionists are made out to be. This woman, this doctor, this abortionist was a hero. Despite her personal beliefs, she understood what had to be done. If you click the photo, you can go to a more extensive biography of her- she was a true hero.
Marsha P Johnson
photo by Randy Wicker
Stonewall Veteran and STAR co-founder. Learn you history folx. If it weren’t for trans women of color like Marsha and Sylvia, we’d still be hiding in dark bars praying the cops don’t raid it.
Frances Wilson, 1961.
Frances, a 23 year old student at Tennessee State University, was expelled for her participation in the Freedom Rides along with 14 other students. In 2008, the expelled students all received honorary doctorates from Tennessee State University. Sadly, Frances did not live long enough to receive her degree.
The African princess and the urban turban
In 1924 an expedition sponsored by French car maker Citroen crossed the Sahara off to Madagaskar. The Croisière Noire became the subject of a feature-length film including original music and African songs arranged for orchestra. It was the subject of numerous journal articles, one major book, and an art exhibition. Artifacts collected during the expedition were displayed in ethnographic and zoological museum and exhibitions. The most iconic and influential picture was that of Nobosodrou, who was the wife of the Mangbetu King Touba. The image of the long-headed Mangbetu woman was virtually a logo for Belgian colonialism, feature in images at the 1931 and 1937 French expositions and on postcards, posters, guidebooks, and in art galleries. Nobosodrous image was simultaneously exotic, erotic, and easily aestheticized. To imitate her elegance fashion designers started a turban craze which lasted for the next decades.
Freedom Means Vote For Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964
Part of the Oakland Museum collection of political posters.
Leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
— Professor Cheryl Clarke , from “New Notes on Lesbianism” (via colorfuldiaspora)
Cristien is a co-founder of Home Alive, as well as former Executive Director, a spoken word performer, a writer, a therapist, and an all around activist. She helped the organization transition through various phases. Cristien broke down the work they were doing:
Like what do you do when shit happens and how do you respond in a way that allows us to honor that, heal, move through it , and grow in a way that just deepens resiliency.
For more on the work she is doing now, check out her blog !