I nominate Susan Sontag, american writer, film maker, teacher and political activist as my  2nd woman of substance  for her passion for writing and her curious and ardent mind that kept her in a constant state of discovery and learning. She had a broad range of interests: music, art, architecture, medicine...the list goes on. 

Her obsessive concern for fighting injustice took her to the front lines of three wars, from her experiences there , she concluded that " anything about any war that does not show the appalling concreteness of destruction  and death is a dangerous lie." 

When asked if she was a feminist, she said: " because women are, culturally speaking, a minority, with my minority consciousness I always rejoice in the achievement of women." 

With regards to her bisexuality Sontag said: " maybe I could have given comfort to some people if I had dealt with the subject of my private sexuality more , but it's never been my prime mission to give comfort , unless somebody is in drastic need. I'd rather give pleasure , or shake things up."

Unapologetic, unyielding, unflinching are words that come to mind when speaking of Sontag. She resisted being called an intellectual. But an intellectual she clearly was and a woman ripe with content and , therefore, a woman of substance. 

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