President Abraham Lincoln protected the Yosemite Valley with the Yosemite Grant on this day in 1864. http://met.org/2u3A22R
Albert Bierstadt (American 1830 - 1902) | Merced River, Yosemite Valley | 1866
Simone Veil, Ex-Minister Who Wrote France’s Abortion Law, Dies at 89
Simone Veil, a champion of the struggle for women's rights and the construction of Europe, has died today aged 89. Former French Minister, Veil was a witness of the 20th century and of the tragedy of the Holocaust. She tirelessly promoted historic knowledge as a bulwark against the persistent daemons of racism and anti-Semitism. A woman of strong convictions, she served as minister in several French governments initiating major advances for the rights of women, for which we are indebted. Veil grew to become a universal figure and model for millions of men and women around the world. Her immense legacy will not be forgotten.
Read here UNESCO Director-General tribute to Simone Veil: http://on.unesco.org/2urPh5g
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