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Who: Rosalind FranklinWhy she inspires us: Largely overlooked member of the team who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.What she taught us: We have to celebrate our achievements, even when others don’t (or, in this case, try to deliberately ignore your contribution).

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Who: Martina NavratilovaWhy she inspires us: Navratilova has been one of the unrivalled queens of the court for almost 40 years and is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights.What she taught us: How to maintain a successful sporting career over an incredible number of years.

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Who: Eleanor RooseveltWhy she inspires us: Roosevelt wasn’t your average First Lady due to her vocal support of the rights of African-Americans and women’s rights – much to the chagrin of many at the time.What she taught us: "Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t."

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Who: Josephine BakerWhy she inspires us: Baker was an American triple-threat who found fame away from racial prejudice in France, but returned to her homeland to fight racism with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).What she taught us: Baker lived life on her own terms: from her scandalous vaudeville shows to her views on racial inequality, she knew her own mind.

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