Woman Making History #8: Medea Benjamin

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medea.jpgPolitical activist Medea Benjamin was born in 1952. She has two masters degrees, one in Economics from the New School for Social Research and one in Public Health from Columbia University. She is married and has two children.

Benjamin co-founded feminist anti-war organization CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and is involved with other anti-war organizations. She's also a founding member of the NGO Global Exchange, a fair trade organization. In 2000, Benjamin ran for the U.S. Senate in California on the Gree Party ticket. She has since become involved with progressive Democrat organizations.

Benjamin is perhaps best known for her controversial political actions, including interrupting speeches and and political conventions to make anti-war statements. She has also travelled widely, particularly to underdeveloped countries, to document and expose military and human rights abuses and sweat-shop labor conditions.

Benjamin has written or edited eight books, including the award winning Don't Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Global Exchange
California League of Women Voters

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