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Martha Mitchell spoke out against Richard Nixon – and his involvement in the Watergate scandal – at a time when it wasn’t considered appropriate. As a result, political insiders tried to undercut her credibility any way they could.

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In late 1945, news of World War II’s end shared front pages with reports of a homefront battle led by a woman. She was Elizabeth O. Hayes, M.D., a doctor for a mining company that owned Force, Pennsylvania, where sewage contaminated the drinking water and ambulances sank into muddy roads. Corrupt corporate heads refused to make improvements. When Hayes resigned to protest the intolerable living conditions, 350 miners went on strike in support of her, shaking the foundation of the town and igniting a media storm.

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