11 Enamel Pins Dedicated to Awesome Women

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In 1903, Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. (She shared the award—in the area of Physics—with her husband, Pierre, and Henri Becquerel, who discovered radioactivity.) She won again in 1911, this time for Chemistry, making her the only woman to be honored twice. Her notebooks are still radioactive, but this pin made in her likeness is totally safe.

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2. ROSA PARKS; $12

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything,” famed civil rights activist Rosa Parks once said. “Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”

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If you love I Love Lucy, you'll also love this pin. The legendary comedian/actress—who was the first woman to head up a major production company—paved the way for future generations of funny women.

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As the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress, one could learn a lot from Shirley Chisholm. The progressive politician fought for equal rights, education, and social justice—and, in 1972, became the first woman to run for president for the Democratic party, before retiring to become a teacher a decade later. This pin celebrates the barrier-breaking congresswoman and features the title of her autobiography, Unbought and Unbossed.

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Marilyn Monroe knew how to play up her blonde bombshell persona, but when the cameras stopped rolling, her true personality came out. The one-time wife of Arthur Miller was a devoted bibliophile who left behind an impressive library of more than 400 books, many of them first editions. "[On] nights when I've got nothing else to do I go to the Pickwick bookstore on Hollywood Boulevard," she once said. "And I just open books at random—or when I come to a page or a paragraph I like, I buy that book." Sounds like our kind of lady.

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As FLOTUS, Michelle Obama encouraged Americans to live healthier lives. May this pin serve as inspiration on those days you're having a hard time making it to the gym.

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You get a pin, and you get a pin, and YOU get a pin! Television personality, Oscar nominee, and bread lover Oprah Winfrey is also a philanthropist: She opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa in 2007 and her Oprah Winfrey Foundation has given away more than $230 million since 1998.

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Dolly Parton has released nearly 90 albums over the span of her career, and she still manages to give back: She started the Imagination Library in 1995 to promote literacy in her home state of Tennessee, and in the years since, it has gone international.

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magazine founder Gloria Steinem was once a freelance writer who "was assigned things about fashion and food and make-up and babies or, the low-point of my life, textured stockings," she told MAKERS. That all changed when she covered an abortion meeting. Steinem—who had had an abortion herself—became an activist and a leader of the women's movement. "Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman," she once said. "It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie."‬ (The bunny ears on this pin are a nod to "A Bunny's Tale," the two-part exposé she wrote for Show magazine in 1963 after going undercover to report on the working conditions at New York City's Playboy Club.)

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10. FRIDA KAHLO; $10

Times can be tough, but as Frida Kahlo—who contracted polio as a child and endured an accident as a teenager that broke her spine, pelvis, ribs, and collar bone and ultimately led to her picking up a paintbrush—once said, “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

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You can't think of Vogue without picturing Anna Wintour, its powerhouse editor-in-chief, who has been running the iconic fashion magazine since 1988. She's also a noted philanthropist who has worked to raise money and awareness for various charities, including the American Foundation for AIDS Research and The Art of Elysium. Wear this pin and all your outfits will bear the Wintour stamp of approval.

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