obituaries

She killed Nazis and saved children: A famous Dutch resistance fighter dies at 92

Freddie Oversteegen had been only 14 when she joined the resistance

Prominent Japanese American playwright Wakako Yamauchi dies at 93

Her time in an internment camp informed her writing

The woman behind America’s first toll-free AIDS hotline, Shelbia Lengel, dies at 81

She also worked on a national public education program to separate rumor from fact

Aretha Franklin’s voice will forever be the sound of American progress

It embodies who we still hope to become

Aretha Franklin, legendary singer and symbol of black pride and women’s liberation, dies at 76

She was at her home in Detroit, according to the AP

Margaret M. Heckler, who championed women’s issues in Congress, dies at 87

The eventual HHS secretary and ambassador spent 16 years defending women’s rights in the House

Mary Wilkins Ellis, wartime volunteer who flew Spitfires, dies at 101

‘They just could not believe women could fly these aeroplanes’

Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, whose research led to internment reparations, dies at 93

‘We must learn to tell it as it happened’

Ann Hopkins, who won Supreme Court gender-bias case after being denied a promotion, dies at 74

She was said to need ‘a course in charm school’

Award-winning children’s writer Christine Nöstlinger dies at 81

The Austrian author wrote more than 150 books throughout her career