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Gusmiati Suid

Gusmiati Suid (1942–2001) was an Indonesian dancer and choreographer known for her expertise in traditional Sumatran, Malay, and Minang dances. She began her dance journey at a young age, learning martial arts and Melayu dances. Gusmiati’s passion for dance led her to further education and the founding of the Gumarang Sakti Dance Company. Her legacy as a pioneer and influential figure in Indonesian dance continues to inspire and impact the world of performing arts.

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Joyce L. Kennard

Josephine “Joyce” Luther Kennard, born on May 6, 1941, is a Dutch-American judge and former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. She was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian in 1989 and served as the longest-serving justice sitting on the Court until her retirement in 2014. Kennard was retained by California’s voters three times, first to fill the unexpired term in 1990, followed by second and third consecutive twelve-year terms in 1994 and 2006.

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Satyawati Suleiman

Satyawati Suleiman, a pioneering Indonesian historian and archaeologist, made significant contributions to the field of Indonesian archaeology. She was one of the first women to pursue a career in archaeology in Indonesia, and the first female archaeology graduate from the University of Indonesia. Her dedication and expertise in the study of iconography and archaeological artifacts continue to inspire archaeological studies in Southeast Asia.

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Jan Ruff O’Herne

Jeanne Alida “Jan” Ruff-O’Herne AO was a Dutch Australian human rights activist who spoke out against war rape. As a “comfort woman” during World War II, she experienced unimaginable suffering and, after remaining silent for fifty years, she courageously demanded justice. Her advocacy brought global attention to the plight of “comfort women” and left an indelible mark on women’s history.

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Karlina Leksono Supelli

Karlina Leksono Supelli, born in Jakarta in 1958, is a pioneering Indonesian philosopher and astronomer. She was one of the first female astronomers in Indonesia and made significant contributions to the field. Additionally, Karlina actively engaged in activism, advocating for societal change and defending the rights of marginalized communities. Her dedication to academia and her commitment to creating a more equitable world make her an inspiration to future generations.

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Nani Soewondo-Soerasno

Nani Soewondo-Soerasno was a prominent Indonesian lawyer, suffragist, and women’s rights activist. Born in 1918 in Semarang, she played a crucial role in advocating for women’s rights and gender equality in post-independence Indonesia. Soewondo-Soerasno dedicated her career to shaping legislation and improving the legal protection of Indonesian women, leaving a lasting impact on the country’s legal landscape.

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Opu Daeng Risaju

Opu Daeng Risaju, a fearless Indonesian independence activist, dedicated her life to fighting against Dutch colonization. She faced imprisonment, forced labor, and torture but remained undeterred in her pursuit of freedom. In 2006, she was posthumously honored as a National Hero of Indonesia, a testament to her strength and determination.

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Aries Susanti Rahayu

Aries Susanti Rahayu, known as “Spiderwoman,” is a renowned sport climbing athlete from Indonesia. She made history by becoming the first woman to conquer the speed wall in less than seven seconds. In addition to her remarkable achievements in climbing, Aries has been recognized on Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30 list and serves as an inspiration to aspiring climbers worldwide.

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Nyi Ageng Serang

Nyi Ageng Serang, a descendant of Sunan Kalijaga, was a fearless and dedicated leader in the fight for Indonesia’s independence. She defended Serang against Dutch colonial forces, played a vital role in the Diponegoro War, and employed clever strategies, such as using taro leaves as disguises. Despite her opposition to the Dutch, she was eventually recognized for her contributions and became a National Heroine of Indonesia.

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Cut Nyak Dhien

Cut Nyak Dhien, a prominent figure in Indonesian history, was a remarkable leader who courageously fought against the Dutch for 25 years during the Aceh War. Her resilience and determination made her a symbol of resistance, inspiring generations of Indonesians.

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Raden Adjeng Kartini, an Indonesian activist, challenged societal norms and fought for women’s rights and education. Despite being born into an aristocratic Javanese family in 1879, Kartini’s parents encouraged her intellectual development. Her correspondence with Dutch officials played a crucial role in shaping her advocacy. After leaving seclusion, she established schools to empower women and fought against practices that hindered their progress. Her impactful legacy lives on, and Kartini Day is celebrated in Indonesia to honor her contributions.

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