Gloria Jean Watkins aka by her pen name bell hooks is an author, feminist and social activist. Watkins derived the name "bell hooks" from that of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks. Notable works: Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism, All About Love: New Visions, We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, and Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
Feminist and revolutionary Qiu Jin was born in 1875 in China. She was vocal about women's rights and pressed for better access to education for women. At the time it was still customary for women to have their feet bound at the age of five, rendering women crippled and severely dependent on others. Qiu Jin encouraged women to resist oppression by their families and by the government, and to gain financial independence through education. She was beheaded by the authorities at the age of 31.