Heroines Yesterday, Heroines Today, and Heroines Tomorrow

Bessica Raiche (1875-1932) Pioneer Pilot, Aviation Inventor, Dentist, Doctor

Bessica or Bessie Raiche was an American woman who distinguished herself shortly after the turn of the 20th century in terms of versatility.

She was not only a dentist and a doctor, but is also accredited by the Aeronautical Society as being the first woman to fly an airplane in a solo flight.  She had no flight instruction or experience before taking to the sky alone. Bessie was  a woman before her time who loved to shoot guns and drive fast cars right alongside the boys.

Her and her husband built their airplane in their living room and assembled it in the yard. She flew the biplane in 1910. Bessie would live another 22 years, most of which she devoted to women’s health care as a distinguished specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the US.

Actress Heroines of the Silver Screen

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet was staying at Richard Branson’s Virgin Island estate in 2011 when the home was struck by lightning. Once Kate made sure that her children were safely outside the house, she went back into the burning building to rescue Branson’s 90-year-old mother, Eve, and helped her out of the house. The entire multi-million dollar estate then burned to the ground behind them.

According to an article she wrote for the Daily Mail, Eve—Branson’s mother—woke up at 5am to two loud cracking and banging noises, and her grandson Jack appeared at her bedroom door with smoke and flames behind him soon afterward.1

Eve tried to grab some belongings, but the flames were licking ever closer, and she quickly tried to get to the stairs as fast as possible while her grandson rush to another room. But Eve couldn’t see very much because she didn’t have her contact lenses in.

As Eve got to the stairs and her exit from the burning building, rain was lashing down, making the steps slippery. Suddenly, Kate and her two children appeared behind her. “Kate swept me into her arms to help me down the steps,” said Eve. “Once we were on the ground, there was no time to talk; the flames were actually lapping at our heels. As I looked back, I saw beam after beam collapsing into the raging fire.”


Rihanna has helped a lot of children in need since her career took off around 2005. In 2006, she created the Believe Foundation to help terminally ill children. She partnered with charities all over the USA and performed concerts to raise funds for those charities and her own foundation. After the performances, she met children from the local charities and signed autographs and posed for pictures with them.

In 2007, she became a Cartier LOVECHARITY Bracelet Ambassador, used her fame to help a mother find a bone marrow donor in 20082 and performed at Madonna’s Raising Malawi/UNICEF fundraiser in 2009.

She has also sung at numerous charity concerts and supported charities that focus on disaster relief, AIDS and environmental issues, helping a total of 23 different organizations, including Stand Up To Cancer, Live Earth, Kids Wish Network, BID 2 BEAT AIDS, Bear Necessities Pedriatric Cancer Foundation, Feeding America and others.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman is an Australian-born actress and a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador who travels the world raising awareness regarding the infringement of women’s human rights and violence against women. In 2013 she was awarded an honor for her work in advancing women’s rights by Variety magazine.3

Nicole has also supported twenty other charities and organizations, including Cinema For Peace, FARA, Global Green Plan, Kids Wish Network, Red Cross and Legacy of Hope Foundation.

A pair of her jeans raised $11,000 at a charity auction for Jeans for Genes, and guests at her wedding to Keith Urban were asked to donate money to the Sydney Children’s Hospital instead of giving the couple a gift.

On her website, she has a charity work section where she talks about UN Women campaigns. In 2013, she received an award for her work with UN Women.4