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April 2019



Jill Stanek

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Over a decade ago, Jill was minding her own business, working as a nurse on the southwest side of Chicago. In a moment, her life changed, and she's been championing the life movement ever since.

A registered nurse in the Labor & Delivery Department at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, in 1999 she discovered babies were being aborted alive and shelved to die in the soiled utility room.

When she went public hospital leaders said that they would not stop, but the disclosure immediately grabbed the attention of legislators and media, and she was fired.

Jill testified before a U.S. House committee in
2000 and 2001 for the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, and was invited by President George W. Bush for his signing of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act,  in 2002 which protects live aborted children from infanticide.  She was also invited to his signing of  the signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban in 2003, which protects partially delivered babies from being killed by abortion.

Also, in 2003 World Magazine named Jill in  as one of 30 prominent pro-life leaders over the past 30 years.Stanek is a weekly columnist for  WorldNetDaily.com and a public speaker on pro-life issues. Jill has been on our show several times and
today, she is the National Campaign Chair for the Susan B. Anthony List.
For her heroic courage, determination and dedication to the cause of saving the lives of British troops from the horrific hand of Hitler's regime Mary Lindell is this month's WOMANTalk Heroine of the Month.

Read more of her story here.

Listen to interviews with her in our radio archives.

Quote by Jill Stanek:
"Not wanting to be dismissed as someone whose issue has overcome them, I've always tried to explain in an academic, unemotional way what worldwide devastation abortion and population control are wreaking."


March 2019


Irena Sendler

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period. 

Irena Sendler was born in Otwock, Poland, in 1910. When the Nazis invaded in 1939, Irena was a social worker and so had access to the Warsaw Ghetto, where hundreds of thousands of Jews were imprisoned. As a member of ┼╗egota (aka Konrad ┼╗egota Committee, the Council to Aid Jews), she helped rescue 2,500 Jewish children from the ghetto.

She was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

In 1965, Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial organization, named Irena Sendler as Righteous Among the Nations for her work saving Jewish children. In 2003, Poland honored her with its Order of the White Eagle. In 2008, Sendler was nominated for (but did not win) a Nobel Peace Prize. The story of her life was also captured in a 2009 movie The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, which starred Anna Paquin in the title role.


The Hallmark movie is well worth the watch. See the Trailer here.

February 2019

Rosemary Schindler Garlow

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

he niece of
Oscar Schindler
(of Schindler's List), the remarkable 'Gentile' man who outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other person during World War II. Rosemary carries on her uncle's legacy through Schindler's Ark to educate people about the truth of Hitler's Germany, the current threats of another holocaust, and to support the Jewish people and Israel.

Recently married to James Garlow, Rosemary continues the work of Schindler's Ark by hosting seminars and educational events to promote understanding, and partnering with Israel's Ministry of Tourism and World Express Travel leading tours to Israel and bible lands, Rosemary has been instrumental in building bridges between Christians and Jews in our day. Schindler's Ark promotes reconciliation and the 'righteous actions' of those who heroically save lives, as Oscar Schindler did.

Rosemary Schindler has been a human rights activist on behalf of other peoples as well, such as the people of North Korea. Writing in Auschwitz Again? with Kristin Wright ... 

'During the last several years, an estimated 4 million people have died of government-induced starvation in North Korea. An additional 400,000 men, women, and children have perished in modern-day concentration camps where brutal medical experimentation, public executions, and gas chambers are commonplace. Thousands more are still imprisoned.'

Chuck Colson wrote about Rosemary 's activism in Standing Up for the Helpless, and the passage of The North Korea Human Rights Act, which the Wilberforce Forum aggressively worked for,."

Quotes by Rosemary:

" There needs to be a refuge and those who will come and stand alongside the Jewish people so that this time there won't be silence."

"I work in the United States so my nation will not be silent this time." 


Related links:

Schindler's Ark

Rosemary Schindler on Zola Levitt - video

The Forgotten People - Ted Pearce

Anti-Semitism in the U.N.

Anti-Semitism in Palestinian textbooks

Mein Kampf in East Jerusalem/Palestinian Authority

An interview with Steven Spielberg on movie, Schindler's List

A moving account of Schindler rescues

Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Christian clergy killed for standing with the Jews

Documentary evidence of the past
Of the Year
Phyllis Schlafly
Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Personal Note from Sharon: I was so glad I was able to attend a Memorial program for Phyllis on October 1st put together by Eagle Forum of California at their annual Constitution Conference. All of us were sad to lose this amazing woman and mentor to women all over the nation. She died at the age of 92, with her last book published the week of her passing. An amazing woman in many ways, she will be missed by so many. And so it is appropriate that we honor her as our Heroine of the Month again.
Referred to as the Sweetheart of the Silent Majority, Modern Conservatism's Founding Mother, Mrs. America and Conservatives' First Lady, the Washington Times wrote about Phyllis Schlafly,"Few living Americans have done as much to shape the nation's direction as Phyllis Schlafly, who is arguably the most important woman in American political history."

The Founder and National President of Eagle Forum, Mr. Schlafly is an internationally known speaker and pioneer of the pro-family movement. She is the author of 20 books, the most recent being Feminist Fantasies, a syndicated columnist appearing in over 100 newspapers, radio commentator heard daily on 460 stations, and constitutional attorney with a Masters in Political Science from Harvard, which she received at age 50 after raising her six children. She is repeatedly named in the World’s Ten Most Admired Women. Newspaper columnists list her among the 13 “most important conservatives of the Century.” She served as a member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1985-1991, appointed by President Reagan, and has testified before more than 50 Congressional and State Legislative committees on constitutional, national defense, and family issues.

Phyllis Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses more frequently than any other conservative. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies' Home Journal.

Quotes by Phyllis Schlafly:
"The United States is a giant island of freedom, achievement, wealth and prosperity in a world hostile to our values."

"In a world of inhumanity, war and terrorism, American citizenship is a very precious possession."

"The most frequent complaint I hear from college students is that professors inject their leftist political comments into their courses even when they have nothing to do with the subject."

More complete biography   
Her 50-Year Campaign 
She's Earned a Few "I Told You So's"

September 2016


Ann Sullivan

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

At a young age Anne Sullivan developed effective ways of teaching blind and deaf students, and is especially known as the teacher of Helen Keller. 

Born in 1866 to poor parents, Anne Sullivan knew the devastation at an early age of losing her mother, and her two siblings who were sent away to relatives. Eventually she was sent to the county poorhouse where her brother died. Despite living in an orphanage and contracting a disease which impaired her eyesight, she received many operations at Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, which improved her vision and gave her a greater sensitivity to the blind. While there she became a model student, and graduated, valedictorian.

Anne then went to work for the Kellers, teaching their daughter, Helen, how to read, write, talk, and understand the world around her. After years of effort, Anne Sullivan's pupil, Helen Keller, went on to Radcliffe College and graduated cum laude, publishing her first book in 1902 entitled, The Story of My Life.

Eventually Anne and Helen traveled to Hollywood to film a movie based on their lives. Both enjoyed the entertainment industry and found that they were natural "hams" even performing in vaudeville shows. Through their efforts they raised two million dollars for the blind through the Helen Keller Endowment Fund.

On October 20, 1936, Anne Sullivan died in New York. Helen was at her side. Arrangements were made for another woman to accompany Helen who lived many more years. But no one could take the place of  her "Teacher."

Quotations by Anne Sullivan:

"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think."

"I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child."

"Children need guidance and sympathy far more than instruction."


Related links:

Anne Sullivan - Miracle Worker

National Museum of Fame - Multi-Media

National Hall of Fame

White House Dream Team for Kids - Anne Sullivan


August 2016


Abigail Smith Adams

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Abigail Smith Adams was the wife of John Adams, President of the United States.

Born in Massachusetts to William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy in 1744, she was a descendant on her mother's side of King Edward I, and King Edward III of England. Her father and his relatives were Congregational ministers and leaders in society.

Though she did not receive a formal education, her mother taught her to read and write, and her father's library allowed her to study English and French literature. This would eventually create a bond between her and John Adams, a Harvard law graduate, and they were married in 1764.

Abigail was an intellectually open-minded woman for her day, and her ideas on women's rights and government eventually played a role in the founding of a new nation as wife to John Adams, the second President of the United States.

She wrote many letters to her husband while he was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the Continental Congresses, which are considered to be excellent sources of political commentary of those times. John Adams frequently sought her advice as their letters to one another, filled with discussions on government and politics, attest. 

Known for her request that John and the Continental Congress: "...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies," Abigail is sometimes called the first feminist in America, even though she believed that a woman’s most important role in life was those of wife and mother.

She raised four children, including John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. She helped care for the wounded and sick during the revolutionary war, while her husband was working to forge a new country with such men as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. She was anti-slavery, and passed this cause on to her son, John Quincy Adams, who would pick it up and carry with him until he died.

Part of her legacy includes the reconciliation between her husband, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, as they lay dying in their beds in 1824. Fifty-years prior, both men had worked side-by-side to help create the United States of America, but they would spend their later lives at odds with each other. It was Abigail, a woman who lived in a time when women's opinions were largely discounted, who began a dialogue with Jefferson that would rekindle the friendship, love and respect of these two great Founding Fathers for each other.

Abigail died several years before her son, John Quincy Adams, became president.

Quotations of Abigail Adams:

"Great necessities call out great virtues."

"Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors."

"I regret the trifling narrow contracted education of the females of my own country."

"These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed."


Related links: 

White House biography


July 2016


Harriet Tubman

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

This year the U.S. $20 bill will be changed to feature Harriet Tubman, a runaway slave from Maryland who became reverently known as the "Moses of her people" by the slaves she helped to freedom and the thousands of others she inspired. Harriet Tubman became the most famous leader of the Underground Railroad to aid slaves escaping to free states or Canada.

Over the course of 10 years at great personal risk she led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, an elaborate and secret series of houses, tunnels, and roads set up by abolitionists and former slaves where runaway slaves could stay on their journey north to freedom. She later became a leader in the abolitionist movement, and during the Civil War she was a spy for the federal forces in South Carolina.

Born into slavery in Bucktown, Maryland, Tubman escaped her own chains in 1849 to find safe haven in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She would spend the rest of her life helping other slaves escape to freedom. Her early life as a slave had been filled with abuse; at the age of 13, when she attempted to save another slave from punishment, she was struck in the head with a two-pound iron weight. She would suffer periodic blackouts from the injury for the rest of her life.

It was in 1850, after Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act making it illegal to help a runaway slave, that Tubman decided to join the Underground Railroad. Her first expedition took place in 1851, when she managed to thread her way through the backwoods to Baltimore and return to the North with her sister and her sister's children. From that time until the onset of the Civil War, Tubman traveled to the South about 18 times and helped close to 300 slaves escape. In 1857, Tubman led her parents to freedom in Auburn, New York, which became her home as well.

Tubman was never caught and never lost a slave to the Southern militia, and as her reputation grew, so too did the desire among Southerners to put a stop to her activities; rewards for her capture once totaled about $40,000. 

After the war, Tubman returned to Auburn and continued her involvement in social issues, including the women's rights movement. In 1908, she established a home in Auburn for elderly and indigent blacks that later became known as the Harriet Tubman Home. She died on March 10, 1913, at the approximate age of 93.


"I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.

“I looked at my hands, to see if I was de same person now I was free. Dere was such a glory ober eberything, de sun came like gold trou de trees, and ober de fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.” Harriet Tubman

 “Then I changed my prayer, and I said, ‘Lord, if you ain’t never going to change dat man’s heart, kill him, Lord, and take him out of de way, so he won’t do no more mischief.’ Next ting I heard ole master was dead; and he died just as he had lived, a wicked, bad man. Oh, den it ‘peared like I would give de world full of silver and gold, if I had it, to bring dat pore soul back, I would give myself; I would give eberyting ! But he was gone, I couldn’t pray for him no more.” Harriet Tubman

Related links:

See more - pictures, books, biography

Freedom Train - Story of Harriet Tubman

Book - Harriet Tubman

Biography of Harriet Tubman



May 2016


Noni Darwish

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

For her courage to speak the truth, and risking her safety to do so, Noni Darwish is our Heroine of the Month for September 2011, the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Darwish moved to Gaza in the 1950s when her father, Lt. General Mustafa Hafez, was sent by Gamal Abdel Nasser to serve as commander of the Egyptian Army Intelligence in Gaza. In July 1956 when Nonie was eight years old, her father became the first targeted assassination carried out by the Israeli Defense Forces in response to attacks, making him a shahid. During his speech announcing the nationalization of the Suez Canal, Nasser vowed that all of Egypt would take revenge for Hafez's death. Nasser asked Nonie and her siblings, "Which one of you will avenge your father's death by killing Jews?"

Darwish explains: "I always blamed Israel for my father's death, because that's what I was taught. I never looked at why Israel killed my father. When I was growing up, we had to recite poetry pledging jihad against Israel. We would have tears in our eyes, pledging that we wanted to die. I speak to people who think there was no terrorism against Israel before the '67 war. How can they deny it? My father died in it."

After his death, her family moved to Cairo, where she attended Catholic high school and then the American University in Cairo, earning a BA in Sociology/Anthropology. She then worked as an editor and translator for the Middle East News Agency, until emigrating to the United States in 1978 with her husband, ultimately receiving United States citizenship. After arriving in the US, she became a Christian and began attending a non-denominational evangelical church. About a year after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Darwish began writing columns critical of Islamic extremism and the silence of moderate Muslims. "After 9/11 very few Americans of Arab and Muslim origin spoke out and from my experience it took us a long time to get noticed by Western media. Western media still regards Muslim organizations such as CAIR as representative of moderate Muslims in America. This is not the case. Muslim groups in the U.S. try to silence us and intimidate American campuses who invite us to speak. I often tell Muslim students that Arab Americans who are speaking out against terrorism are not the problem, it’s the terrorists who are giving Islam a bad name. And what the West must do is ask the politically incorrect questions and we Americans of Arab and Muslim origin owe them honest answers."

Darwish's ARABS FOR ISRAEL website describes itself as an organization of Arabs and Muslims who "respect and support the State of Israel", welcome a "peaceful and diverse Middle East", reject "suicide/homicide terrorism as a form of Jihad", and promote "constructive self-criticism and reform" in the Arab/Muslim world.


April 2016


Corrie ten Boom

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Corrie ten Boom was a Christian Holocaust survivor who, along with her family, hid many Dutch Jews from the Nazis during World War II. She was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where her family become active in the Dutch underground, helping Jewish refugees. Motivated by their Christian faith Corrie and her family helped Jews without trying to force conversion to Christianity. They honored the Jewish Sabbath and even provided Kosher food.

In December 1967 the State of Israel declared Corrie ten Boom a member of the Righteous Among the Nations, and was also knighted by the Queen of Holland in honor of her work during the war.

The film, The Hiding Place, details her and her family's experience in Nazi camps, where all her family died, except for her. She later learned that her release from the Nazi camps had been a clerical error, and that all women prisoners her age were killed the week following her release.

Corrie returned to the Netherlands where she started rehabilitation centers, and later moved to Germany which became her home base during the many years she traveled doing itinerant preaching, in over sixty countries. On one speaking engagement she came face to face with one of the guards at the notorious Ravensbruck women's death camp where she was held prisoner. Ravensbruck concentration camp."Struggling in the moment, she chose to extend forgiveness to the man, which act transformed his life.

The author of many books, and courageous influencer and inspiration to millions of people, Corrie ten Boom died on April 15, 1983, on her ninety-first birthday.

In Corrie's words...
"The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation."
"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden."
“Joy runs deeper than despair.”
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

More Quotes by Corrie ten Boom 
Corrie ten Boom Museum 
The Hiding Place on DVD 
Holocaust Rescuers & Their Stories 
Books by Corrie ten Boom

March 2016

Clare Boothe Luce

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

The first U.S. Woman Diplomat, Clare Boothe Luce was an American editor, playwright, social activist, politician and journalist.

The wife of Henry Robinson Luce, the influential publisher of Time, Fortune, Life and Sports Illustrated magazines, Clare Boothe Luce wrote the hit play The Women and Europe in the Spring, a best-selling nonfiction book about pre-World War II. She was on the editorial staff of Vogue magazine and later as an editor at Vanity Fair. She then went on to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut, and became Ambassador to Italy.

During Clare’s second term in the House in 1944 she was instrumental in the creation of the Atomic Energy Commission and began warning against the growing threat of international Communism. She was well known for her anti-Communist views, as well as her advocacy of fiscal conservatism. In 1964, she supported Senator Barry Goldwater for president, and in 1981 President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Clare Boothe Luce died in 1987 at the age of 84. Her name and work lives on in the form of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, a non-profit organization that seeks to
advance American women through conservative ideals by mentoring and training young women for effective leadership in their school, workplace, community, and home through programs, resources, and role models that provide a strong voice for modern American women who want fair treatment and equal opportunities, but are offended by the radical, liberal agenda they encounter in our nation's
high schools, colleges, and popular culture.

A women of great accomplishment she appreciated the fact that many women face obstacles in their chosen professions and through the Clare Luce Boothe Program at the Henry Luce Foundation  her legacy “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in the sciences (including mathematics) and engineering continues.

“Your work to help young women prepare themselves for conservative leadership is important and impressive.”
-First Lady Laura Bush

“It was my pleasure to be a friend of Clare Boothe Luce and I know she would be proud and pleased with your accomplishments.”
-Eagle Forum President, Phyllis Schlafly

Quotes by Clare Boothe Luce

“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.”

“In the final analysis there is no other solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decision, the day's generous influences, and the day's good deed.”

“There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.”

“Love is a verb.”

February 2016 and May 2009


Sandra L. Brown

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Sandra L. Brown has worked for 20 years in the field of Victimology and has provided individual and group counseling to hundreds of survivors, faithfully helping those caught in the cycle of abuse.

She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, is the previous founder & director of Bridgework, Inc., a comprehensive mental health center for the treatment of victimization and emotional trauma disorders, and is the current founder and director of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction.

She has been a consultant to hospitals, nonprofit agencies, and human service providers in Victimology, and has written books and articles on the subject of victimization, as well as lectured at colleges and workshops on the subject.

She has designed and established residential treatment programs for abused women both through her agency and for other hospital and nonprofit organizations.

Her "Dangerous Man" book landed Sandra on 50 TV shows, almost 70 radio shows, in 15 major newspapers, national magazines, and in magazines in other countries. She is a relationship expert on several women's on-line websites, and the author of 'How to Spot a Dangerous Man,' 'Counseling Victims of Violence: A Handbook for Helping Professionals' and others.

"The inability to grow to any emotional or spiritual depth, the inability to change and sustain change, and the inability to develop insight about how one’s behavior negatively affects others—clearly is the number one public health problem. It has led my crusade for public pathology education for the last 20 years."

Sandra: How and Why I Got Started in Pathology 
Safe Relationships Magazine 
Sandra's books
The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction 
The Counseling Center

January 2016 and May 2010


Caryl Matrisciana

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Film Maker and author Caryl Matrisciana is a well-known expert on ancient and modern world religions, contemporary cults, paganism and the occult. Best-selling author, journalist, and researcher  Caryl has co-produced or contributed research and expertise to more than 55 documentaries in the past 30 years.

Caryl is the author of four best selling books: Her latest released in 2008 Out of India is a special revised and adapted edition of her 1985 autobiography, Gods of the New Age.

In 1975, Caryl founded Deo Gloria Trust's counter cult organization in London, England. She became recognized as one of Europe's most prominent cult experts supplying information to BBC radio and TV, and the ITV. She furnished facts to published authors and for numerous periodicals worldwide including Newsweek, The London Times, Observer, Telegraph, Guardian, and London's Evening Standard. Caryl met regularly and spoke in the House of Commons with Britain's Members of Parliament and government officials. At the request of European Members of Parliament, she provided vital research and information, which contributed to the passing of the European Resolution on cults in 1984.

Caryl organized or addressed international conferences in England and Europe, and throughout the United States. Caryl's more than 20 years of personal experiences in counseling hundreds of cult members and their families has enabled many of them to re-establish their lives and relationships after involvement with coercive and manipulative groups.

Because of her dedication and courage to impact the lives of thousands caught in abusive and harmful cults, and to educate individuals, including children, and nations on the realities of the current cultural trend on the same, including the rise of radical Islam, Caryl is our Heroine of the Month for May.

Read more of her story and see information on her books and films here.

Quotes by Caryl Matrisciana
"Truth can no more be defined by those who would define it than the minnow can define the ocean through his experience in the pond. Truth is not up for discussion or subject to legislation, nor can it be determined by a majority vote. We have not searched for Truth in the treasury of wisdom given in God’s Word, but in the wasteland of human experience."

Yoga Uncoiled 
Gods of the New Age 
Out of India

July 2015

Gabrielle Weidner

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Gabrielle Weidner was a heroine of World War II. The daughter of Dutch parents, she grew up in France where her father served as a minister. 

A devoutly religious girl, at the outbreak of World War II when the German occupation of France began, Gabrielle fled to the south with her brother, Johan Hendrik Weidner, but later returned to Paris. Her brother went on to Lyon and established the "Dutch-Paris" underground, and is honored as a 'Righteous Gentile' by the Jews for his heroic activities as a rescuer during the Holocaust. 

While in Paris, Gabrielle secretly helped people escape from the Nazis, along with her brother, and with the help of other resisters 800 Jews and 100+ Allied airmen and political refugess were saved. However, in 1944 the Gestapo arrested her during a 10 a.m. church service. A fellow church member who was tortured implicated Gabrielle in the French resistance. She was interrogated and tortured in Fresnes prison and then shipped by train to Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany.

At Ravensbrück she was beaten and used as slave labor. On February 17, 1945 she died of malnutrition in Koenigsberg, a subcamp of Ravensbrueck, just days after she was liberated by Soviet troops.

For her courage, sacrifice and example, Gabrielle Weidner is a Heroine of the Month.

Related Links:

Gabrielle's Story

Holocaust Encyclopedia

Ravensbruck Concentration Camp


May 2015

Shula Cohen

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Shula Cohen became one of Israel's most famous spies spy in 1948 in Beruit where her wealthy husband and her acceptance in Lebanese-Syrian social circles gave her unprecedented access to secret intelligence information. 

In a story reminiscent of Queen Esther, she risked her comfortable lifestyle to help her people, but unlike Esther, Shula paid a high price for her choice. Imprisoned in 1960, she endured seven years of torture and abuse until a secret prisoner exchange happened after the Six Day War in 1967 and she was freed.

Born in Jerusalem, as a teenager Shula was married off to a wealthy Beirut merchant, with whom she raised seven children. In 1947, on the eve of Israel's war of Independence, she stumbled on some military intelligence and sent it on to Israel. Immediately, the nascent intelligence services tapped her to smuggle Jewish refugees from Syria across the Lebanese border. In the 1950s, she organized a spy ring based in a Beirut nightclub, and obtained secret Lebanese and Syrian documents for the Mossad. Dubbed "The Mata Hari of the Middle East."

When Shula Cohen overheard the Arabs in her village talking about plans to attack Israel she knew the information was important, and decided to ask a client of her husband's business to smuggle a letter to an imaginary aunt in Jerusalem that hid information about the Arab attack. She was able to help thousands of Jews from Syria and Iraq escape torture and death. She found escape routes for them by land, sea and air. She did this for fourteen years before she was caught. Her Code Name was Pearl.

Shula Cohen was honored by Mrs. Navon at the President’s house for “her services to the Jewish people.”

What kind of message did Shula Cohen hide in the letter to Jerusalem? See if you can guess what she wanted to say...

My dearest Aunt Medina,

I am so happy to hear that you are well after your illness. I am happy you are planning a birthday party for all the family. We will be happy to  come to Uncle Israel’s 70th birthday party. Aunt Jordana and uncle Whitey will be arriving by car. They will leave on Tuesday morning and arrive  Wednesday night. I do hope you will be able to meet them on the road and  show them the way to your house. The family here is sending some large presents with them for the party with some lovely surprise.

All our love, 
Cousin Shula

Related links:

DVD Series Against All Odds

Book - "Lionhearts - Heroes of Israel

Video - Shula Cohen at 85 in Hebrew



April 2015

Clara Barton

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Probably the most famous American nurse, Clara Barton is known as the "Angel of the Battlefield," and one of the most honored women in American history.

She cared for wounded soldiers on the frontlines during the Civil War, which led her to found the Red Cross in 1881, which she led for 23 years. As President of the American Red Cross she organized over 18 relief efforts. 

But, these were not her only accomplishments. She taught school at a time when most teachers were men, and she was among the first women to gain employment in the federal government.

Her empathy and understanding of the needs of people in distress, and how to provide help for them, was the leading passion that guided her life.

The Red Cross biography of Clara Barton says this: "Her intense devotion to serving others resulted in enough achievements to fill several ordinary lifetimes."

Certainly a shining example...and a true Heroine!


"I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them."

"The conflict is one thing I've been waiting for. I'm well and strong and young -- young enough to go to the front. If I cannot be a soldier, I'll help soldiers."

"What could I do but go with them [soldiers of the Civil War], or work for them and my country? The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins."


Red Cross

History.com Biography
Birthplace Museum
American Civil War Barton Page

February 2015 and May 2008

Jennifer Lahl

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Truly a modern-day Heroine in every sense of the word.

After 25 years as a pediatric critical care nurse she the founder of The Center for Bioethics and Culture and  Every Woman First which seeks to raise issues concering the exploitation of women through harmful technology, Jennifer Lahl not only has produced several documentaries ("Breeders," "Eggsploitation," which was awarded Best Documentary by the California Independent Film Festival and has sold in more than 30 countries, "Anonymous Father's Day," and "Lines That Divide") about women's issues, but is a well respected mover and shaker in the Bioethics arena.

She has spoken at numerous events, including the Willie Brown Stem Cell Symposium with (then) Senator (now Rep.) Tom McClintock, former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz, William Hurlbut M.D., Wesley J. Smith J.D. and many members of the scientific community, as well as at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club.

She has debated Hank Greely J.D. of Stanford University and has been interviewed on ABC, CBC and national public radio. As well, she has spoken around the world, including the European Parliament to address the issue of egg trafficking.

Jennifer also has served on the Advisory Board of Changing Worldviews. She and her husband and four children live in Northern California.

Read Jennifer's Bio here.


Quotes by Jennifer Lahl

"May I suggest one reason against sex selection. It is an affront to the dignity of the child, to be viewed as something which is made, manufactured or willed by others."

"Lots of people are making lots of money brokering eggs. It is easier to talk about out of pocket expenses and lost wages than the value of an egg from a collegiate with a high SAT score and a good genetic heritage."

"So if it is “crazy” and “mental” to be concerned about the health of women, then I guess I’m a lunatic!"

December 2014


Mary Jo Copeland 

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period. 

The people on the streets of Minneapolis call her their ‘street mother.’ City officials call her ‘an extraordinary leader’ and an ‘urban saint.’ “Married with 12 children of her own, Mary Jo Copeland is also the founder of a charity that each month serves over 10,000 people. But the thing that bothers some people about Mary Jo Copeland is that she washes the blistered, bleeding, stinking feet of the poor.” Kim Ode, Good Housekeeping magazine

But Mary Jo Copeland, the founder and director of Sharing and Caring Hands, is not looking for praise. She knows from personal experience what it is to live in poverty and brokenness, and is striving to make the world a better place for the poor today. Married to Dick Copeland, they have 12 children (6 boys and 6 girls), Mary Jo was a full time mother until her youngest child began school, at which time she began volunteering at Catholic Charities working with the poor and hurting of Minneapolis.

She soon started a 28 church Branch Lunch Line, and then
in 1985 she started Sharing and Caring Hands, a volunteer organization for concerned people to get directly involved in helping meet the needs for the less fortunate of our society, with few salaries and no bureaucracy, donations go directly to the needs of the poor.
Sharing and Caring Hands has grown from a small volunteer organization with a $5,000 a month budget working out of a 2,000 square-foot storefront, to a large volunteer organization that spends over $300,000 a month on the needs of over 20,000 people who come through their doors monthly.

Mary Jo’s work has been recognized in three books, many television stories and newspaper and magazine articles, including in Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, People, and New York Times magazine. She has received many awards and commendations, including being named One of the most Caring People in America by the Caring Institute in Washington, D.C., the Norman Vincent Peale Unsung Hero Award, the Pax Christi Award for living the life that Jesus taught, Person of the Week on NBC's nightly news with Peter Jennings, and was a featured speaker at the 2001 Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.Without taking a salary, Mary Jo continues to work daily caring for the needs of the poor.

Quotes by Mary Jo Copeland
“A Smile and an Outstretched Hand is the beginning of a Miracle in the Unspoken Need of Another Heart.”  

“When someone is drowning, you do more than throw a life preserver. You get into the water.”

“Treat people as if they were Jesus and as Jesus would treat them. That’s what we’re called to do.”  

Hear Mary Jo tell some of the stories of the poor (11 minutes)
See Video “It’s hard to be Poor” (25 minutes)
People Magazine - Mother of Mercy
Star Tribune - Faith, talent for persuasion help her help the homeless
October 2014

Margaret Thatcher

Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.

Known as "The Iron Lady," Margaret Thatcher's political career has been one of the most remarkable of modern times. Born in October 1925 at Grantham, a small market town in eastern England, she rose to become the first (and for two decades the only) woman to lead a major Western democracy. She won three successive General Elections and served as British Prime Minister for more than eleven years (1979-90), a record unmatched in the twentieth century.

During her term of office she reshaped almost every aspect of British politics, reviving the economy, reforming outdated institutions, and reinvigorating the nation's foreign policy. She challenged and did much to overturn the psychology of decline which had become rooted in Britain since the Second World War, pursuing national recovery with striking energy and determination.

In the process, Margaret Thatcher became one of the founders, with Ronald Reagan, of a school of conservative conviction politics, which has had a powerful and enduring impact on politics in Britain and the United States and earned her a higher international profile than any British politician since Winston Churchill.Margaret Thatcher became one of the world's most influential and respected political leaders, as well as one of the most controversial, dynamic, and plain-spoken, a reference point for friends and enemies alike.

(SOURCE: Essential Margaret Thatcher)

Famous Quotes by Margaret Thatcher

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t."

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”

"It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake."

"I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it."

"To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects."

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