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This blog lists historical and contemporary Deaf women who have made a mark on the world in some way. New to me is this New Zealand woman. 

Mojo Mathers is the first deaf New Zealand Parliament Member. Mojo was born in London, England in 1966, and lost her hearing due to complications during her difficult birth. After her hearing loss diagnosis at age 2, she wore a cumbersome listening device consisting of a large box with a harness. Fortunately, technology has greatly improved since then.

She fought for and won the funding for electronic notetaker she needed in order to work in Parliament. She uses a laptop in the debating chamber, while people in another room transcribe what is said. Then the device converts the transcription into captions. Mojo is an advocate for employment and accessibility for disabled people, including captioning for 200,000 DHH New Zealanders.