She was a programmer, a wife, a lesbian -- and she wouldn't rest until she could legally marry her wife.
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Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
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Gracia Mendes Nasi
Jewish businesswoman who saved thousands of Jews from the Inquisition by smuggling them out of the country.