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Annie Besant
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    (October 1, 1847-September 20, 1933)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Annie Wood
    Causes included women's rights, socialism, Theosophy, and home rule for Ireland and India
    Joined the Fabian Society and the Social Democratic Federation
    Named president of the Theosophical Society (1908)
    Founded the Home Rule League (1916)
    Elected president of the Indian National Congress (1917)
    Wrote 'The Political Status of Women' (1874), 'My Path to Atheism' (1877), 'Marriage As It Was, Is, and Should Be' (1878), 'The Ancient Wisdom' (1898), 'Thought Forms' (1901) and 'The Case for India' (1917)
    She went from being a minister's wife to an atheist freethinker to a follower of the New Age-y Theosophy movement.
    She claimed to be clairvoyant.
    She published 'Occult Chemistry' (1909), an attempt by Theosophists to determine the structure of molecules and atoms by ESP. (Surprisingly, their results do not match those of modern physics.)
    She was a vegetarian.
    She lost custody of her children after she was arrested on obscenity charges for distributing information about birth control.
    She was elected to the London School Board and established a program to serve free breakfasts to impoverished schoolchildren.
    She was the only non-Indian to be president of the Indian National Congress.
    George Bernard Shaw said, 'She is the greatest orator in England, and possibly in Europe.'

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