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To Serve With Honor

Leonard Matlovich, a U.S. Air Force sergeant, was awarded the Purple Heart for service in Vietnam, but discharged soon after telling his captain he was gay and appearing in uniform on the cover of Time magazine with the words, "I Am a Homosexual" emblazoned next to him. While he may have "settled" in his fight against the Air Force, he was a pioneer in the fight for gay and lesbian rights in the military.
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TT Staff
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History
Social Justice Domain
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Shulamit Aloni

Aloni has spent her life challenging what she views as the “retreat from the secular liberal ideals envisioned by Israel’s founders.” As a teacher, lawyer, member of parliament, as well as resistance movements, and lecturer, she has become one of Israel’s best-known champions of human and civil rights.
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Mary Robinson

“Mary Robinson, lawyer, human rights activist and feminist, redefined the scope of two important positions. Robinson was elected the first woman president of Ireland in 1990, serving until 1997. She took up the post of United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.”
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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Civics
Social Justice Domain
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Maj Britt Theorin

“Maj Britt devoted her life to solving some of the most critical and intractable problems in the world today: peace, women’s rights and especially, nuclear disarmament.”
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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History
Social Justice Domain
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Graça Machel

Graça Machel dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of children—especially those who have fallen victim to war—all over the world.
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Ela Bhatt

Ela Bhatt was a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development. In addition to establishing the Self-Employed Women’s Association in India, Bhatt also founded India’s first women’s bank, Cooperative Bank of SEWA, and served as a member of the Parliament of India from 1986 to1989.
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
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History
Economics
Social Justice Domain