@xnulz on Twitter was unfortunate enough to send out this question to the masses and boy oh boy, did the masses not disappoint in their answers. Below are some of my favorites:
“Hedy Lamarr, considered the most beautiful actress of the 1930s/40s and the inspiration for Catwoman and Disney’s Snow White, perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII, which formed the basis of cellphone, WiFi and bluetooth technology. https://t.co/JRLhtyOj0b
— Music Box Theatre (@musicboxtheatre) December 3, 2017”
“Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya: her husband was killed by the Nazis in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa. She went to the Soviet gov’t and demanded to get a tank to kill Nazis. The gov’t relented and she killed Nazis with her tank. pic.twitter.com/9Iinz8ndxx
— (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ (@shonan_naminori) December 2, 2017”
“My mom. She opened and set up domestic abuse and rape crisis centers across the country and faces down pissed off hubbies known for hitting women. She was 5’, 95 lbs and fearless.
— Nick Thompson (@VeblensBeard1) December 3, 2017”
“Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Russian sniper who killed over 300 Nazis including dozens of officers. When on a tour of the US, she was asked how many men she had killed, and responded, “No men, just fascists.” Woody Guthrie wrote a song about her. https://t.co/koJUbG2r0b
— Buzzfeed Guy Debord (@BuzzfeedGDebord) December 2, 2017”
“Franceska Mann, the Polish ballerina, who, while being led to the gas chamber, stole a Nazi guard’s gun, shot him dead, and started a female-led riot that gave hope to all of the prisoners of Auschwitz in the face of certain death https://t.co/s7yM6MDYT5
— Hollywood Histories (@moviehistories) December 2, 2017”
“Elsie MacGill overcame polio, became the worlds first female aeronautical engineer and lead the manufacturing of fighter aircraft during WWII in Canada earning the nickname “Queen of the Hurricanes.” #badderthantaylor https://t.co/JdSZshbFWa
— Brock Macdonald (@brockmacdonald) December 4, 2017”
BONUS: TIME Person of the Year
The Silence Breakers
TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017 turned out to be a group of people: those that were brave enough to come out and speak about their experiences with sexual assault and harassment.