Our Favorite Super Women... And How They Do It.
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Every culture in history has had an archetype of the wise woman. Throughout history, the voices of these women have been categorically suppressed. But now, more than ever, smart, independent women -- past and present -- are being embraced, recognized, and listened to. Of course, there's a long way left to go, but let's take a moment to celebrate the fact that so many women around the world are now in positions of high authority in business, politics, science, and the arts.
An elevated sense of social mobility has led many women to follow the opportunities created by our cultural pioneers, as they suspend their conventional life trajectories in pursuit of illustrious professional careers.
The women presented here have all managed to find success in their personal and professional lives, often by integrating the two. Let us know: who did we forget? Who shouldn't have made the cut? Who else should be on the list?
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Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.
- At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
- See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
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- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
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When FDR took office, the U.S. was in the grips of the Great Depression. People had grown desperate, and FDR's election seemed disastrous. Some wealthy bankers believed that it was time to take the country by force.
- Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
- A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
- Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground.
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