Christine Jorgensen was the first person widely known to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in the United States. She was also the first trans-activist who encouraged transsexual people to change their birth certificates and live their true identity in every way.
Ruth Orkin has become most famous for her photograph American Girl in Italy (the first in the American Girl series). The unstaged photo depicts Orkin's young room mate, Jinx Allen walking down the street in Florence. The photo has come to stand as a symbol for the way in which women experience public space.