Elizabeth Smart

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About Elizabeth Smart

Made international news after being kidnapped at age 14. She was rescued nine months later and later became a child safety activist and a contributor for ABC News. 

Early life

She was abducted from her home in June 2002.

Trivia

Her abductors were Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Ilene Barzee, and they moved her around state to state and kept her in their home as a prisoner.

Family of Elizabeth Smart

Her parents are Edward and Lois Smart. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City with her four brothers and sister. She married Matthew Gilmour in 2012; they welcomed a daughter in 2015, a son in 2017, and another daughter in 2018.

Close associates of Elizabeth Smart

She spoke in the 2009 Women’s Conference, hosted by Maria Shriver.

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Elie Wiesel

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About Elie Wiesel

Holocaust survivor whose best known work, Night, details his experiences in the Buna, Buchenwald, and Auschwitz concentration camps. He wrote nearly sixty books and won numerous honors, including the National Jewish Book Council Award for his 1963 work, The Town Beyond the Wall.

Early life

Following his traumatic World War II years, he became a journalist for both French and Israeli newspapers. During this period, he also completed a 900-page, Yiddish autobiographical work called And the World Remained Silent.

Trivia

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1985.

Family of Elie Wiesel

He had three siblings, one of whom did not survive the Holocaust. He and his wife, Marion, established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and they raised a son named Shlomo.

Close associates of Elie Wiesel

He accompanied Barack Obama on a somber 2009 tour of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

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Molly Burke

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About Molly Burke

Activist and motivational speaker who has advocated for the blind, speaking at We Day events across the world. She has received the Oakville YMCA Peace Award and served as the co-host for the weekly television show AMI This Week. She also runs a successful vlog on her self-titled YouTube channel. 

Early life

She grew up in Oakville, Ontario and was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at age four. At age five, she began her public speaking career as an ambassador for The Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada.

Trivia

She ran with the Paralympic torch at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She has also become the global face of Dove.

Family of Molly Burke

She has a brother named Brady. Her parents’ names are Niamh and Peter. She and her boyfriend started dating in 2020.

Close associates of Molly Burke

She has shared the stage with celebrities like Martin Sheen at We Day events.

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Florence Nightingale

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About Florence Nightingale

Celebrated British social reformer and statistician who is considered the founder of modern nursing. Later in her life, she worked in India studying the effects of sanitation in rural life and helping to improve the country’s health services and medical care.

Early life

She entered nursing after feeling the calling of God and was the superintendent at the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in Upper Harley Street, London before the Crimean War started.

Trivia

She was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” during the Crimean War, where she served as a nurse, because of her habit of making rounds at night.

Family of Florence Nightingale

Her parents were named Frances Smith and William Edward Nightingale.

Close associates of Florence Nightingale

Jaclyn Smith starred in a film inspired by her.

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Miep Gies

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About Miep Gies

Brave Dutch citizen who helped Anne Frank and her family hide from the Nazis during World War II. She kept Anne Frank’s diary safe until Otto Frank returned from Auschwitz in 1945.

Early life

She was born in Austria but entered foster care in The Netherlands at age eleven.

Trivia

She received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994.

Family of Miep Gies

She had a son with her husband Jan Gies.

Close associates of Miep Gies

She had been a work colleague of Otto Frank, whose family she helped during World War II.

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Susan B. Anthony

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About Susan B. Anthony

Suffragette reformer who led protests for women’s equality. She co-founded both the Women’s Temperance Movement and the women’s rights journal The Revolution.

Early life

She worked as a teacher to help her father pay off his debts.

Trivia

She began collecting petitions to ban slavery when she was 17.

Family of Susan B. Anthony

Her parents were named Lucy Read and Daniel Anthony and she grew up with six siblings.

Close associates of Susan B. Anthony

She and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were close friends and frequent co-workers in their pursuit of women’s rights.

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