Gabriele Köpp was repeatedly raped by Russian soldiers in 1945, when she was just 15. Now, at the age of 80, she has become the first German woman to write a book under her own name about the sexual violence she experienced during World War II.
For many of the now-adult children of white German women and African-American GIs, adopted by families in the United States after World War II, the search for the truth has been difficult. Online communities are helping.
Alice Coachman, 88. High Jump. Coachman was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, and the only female American athlete to win gold in track and field at the 1948 Games
Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester: When her convoy was ambushed in Iraq she repelled at least 30 insurgents. She was honored for her exceptional tactics and actions and became the first woman to earn the Silver Medal for exceptional valor since World War II.