WOW2: December's Trailblazing Women and Events in Our History … – Daily Kos

“You don’t master your fear.
You’re not able to say, ‘I’m not
going to be scared.’ But what
you can do is say, ‘OK, I’m
very very scared, but I have
to do this and this and this.’”
Ingrid Betancourt,
Columbian politician held
hostage by a guerilla
group for over 6 years
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WOW2 is a four-times-a-month sister blog to This Week in the War on Women. This edition covers stories from December 24 through December 31, and it is the last post for 2022.
Next week, there will be a special WOW2 announcement for New Years’ 2023.  The next installment of WOW2 will be on Saturday, January 7, 2023.
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“From our research experience in discovering
artemisinin, we learned the strengths of both
Chinese and Western medicine. There is great
potential for future advances if these strengths
can be fully integrated.”
Tu Youyou,
Chinese pharmaceutical chemist who
discovered extracts from plants now
sed to treat malaria, and have the
potential to treat some cancers
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¨The better we feel about ourselves
the fewer times we have to knock
somebody else down to fall.¨

Odetta, African-American
singer-songwriter 
and
civil rights activist

 
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The purpose of WOW2 is to learn about and honor women of achievement, including many who’ve been ignored or marginalized in most of the history books, and to mark moments in women’s history. It also serves as a reference archive of women’s history.
These trailblazers have a lot to teach us about persistence in the face of overwhelming odds. I hope you will find reclaiming our past as much of an inspiration as I do.
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THIS WEEK IN THE WAR ON WOMEN
will post shortly, so be sure to go there next, and
catch up on the latest dispatches from the frontlines.

Many, many thanks to libera nos, intrepid Assistant Editor of WOW2. Any remaining mistakes are either mine, or uncaught computer glitches in transferring the data from his emails to DK5. And much thanks to wow2lib, WOW2’s Librarian Emeritus.

Note: All images and audios are below the person or event to which they refer.

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December 26, 1618Elisabeth Princess of the Palatinate born, Princess-Abbess of Herford Abbey (1667-1680);  she provided refuge for persecuted Protestants; noted for her extensive correspondence with the prominent intellectuals of the time, René Descartes in particular, with whom she carried on a lively debate about his idea of Dualism (mind separate from the body); this correspondence has given scholars insight into 17th century theoretical debates.
December 26, 1862 – The USS Red Rover is commissioned by the U.S. Navy as a hospital ship and takes aboard Sisters of the Order of the Holy Cross, the first women to serve as nurses aboard a navy ship.
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