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Friday, March 27, 2015

Rare Pics of Strong Women in History Who Changed the World

These strong women fought for their dreams, blazed trails, suffered trials, lived bravely, saved lives and influenced history forever.

Be inspired today by these incredible strong ladies in history. Enjoy!

1. Photograph of a samurai warrior (c. 1800s)

Photograph of a samurai warrior

2. A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor (1985).


A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor


3. Sarla Thakral, 21, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license (1936)

Sarla Thakral, 21, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license

4. A woman suffrage activist protesting after “The Night of Terror” (1917)

A woman suffrage activist protesting after “The Night of Terror” (1917)

5. Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her (1967)

5. Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop he

6. Annette Kellerman posing in a swimsuit that got her arrested for indecency (c. 1907)

Annette Kellerman posing in a swimsuit that got her arrested for indecency


7. The first women’s basketball team from Smith College (1902)

 first women’s basketball team from Smith College

8. Filipino guerilla, Captain Nieves Fernandez, shows a US soldier how she killed Japanese soldiers during the occupation (1944)

Filipino guerilla, Captain Nieves Fernandez

9. Two women show uncovered legs in public for the first time in Toronto (1937)

women show uncovered legs in public for the first time

10. American nurses land in Normandy (1944)

American nurses land in Normandy


11. Women’s league roller derby skaters in New York (March 10, 1950)

Women’s league roller derby skaters

12. Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail (1961)

Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail

13. Members of the Hell’s Angels gang (1973)

Members of the Hell’s Angels gang

14. Girls deliver blocks of ice after male workers were conscripted (1918)

strong Girls deliver blocks

15. Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York (October 23, 1917)

Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist

16. Marina Ginesta, a 17-year-old communist militant, overlooking Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War (1936)

Marina Ginesta

17. Anna Fisher, “the first mother in space” (1980s)

Anna Fisher, “the first mother in space”

18. 18-year-old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris (August 19, 1944)

French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin,

19. Margaret Bourke-White, a photographer, climbing the Chrysler Building (1934)

Margaret Bourke-White, a photographer,

20. Maud Wagner, the first well-known female tattooist in the United States (1907)

Maud Wagner, the first well-known female tattooist in the United States (1907)

21. Elspeth Beard, during her attempt to become the first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle (1980s)

Elspeth Beard, during her attempt to become the first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle


22. 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47 (1990)

106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47


23. A Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbor with her veil to protect her from prosecution in Sarajevo (1941)

A Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbor with her veil to protect her from prosecution in Sarajevo

24. Winnie the Welder (1943)

Winnie the Welder

25. Jeanne Manford marches with her gay son during a Pride Parade (1972)

Jeanne Manford marches with her gay son during a Pride Parade

26. Sabiha Gökçen of Turkey poses with her plane in 1937. She’s the first female fighter pilot in history.

Sabiha Gökçen of Turkey poses with her plane in 1937. She’s the first female fighter pilot in history.

27. Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor (c. 1941 – 1945)

Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor

28. A captured Soviet soldier is given water by a Ukrainian woman after being captured (1941)



29. A mason high above Berlin (c. 1900)


A mason high above Berlin

30. Railroad workers at lunch. Many were the wives and even mothers of the men who left for war (1943)



31. Some of the first women sworn into US Marine Corps (August 1918)

 first women sworn into US Marine Corps

32. Ellen O’Neal, one of the first professional female skaters (1976)

Ellen O’Neal, one of the first professional female skaters

33. Parisian mothers shield their children from German sniper fire (1944)

Parisian mothers shield their children

34. Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union (October 1956)



35. A Dutch woman refused to leave her husband, a German soldier, after Allied soldiers captured him. She followed him into captivity (1944)



36. Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel (1926)



37. Aviator Amelia Earhart after becoming the first woman to fly an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (1928)

Amelia Earhart after becoming the first woman to fly an aircraft

38. Afghan women studying medicine (1962)

Afghan women studying medicine

39. A British sergeant training members of the ‘mum’s army’ Women’s Home Defence Corps during the Battle of Britain (1940)

‘mum’s army’

40. The iconic photo of a concerned pea-picker and mother of seven children during the Dust Bowl (1936)



41. Women’s Liberation Coalition March, Detroit, Michigan (1970)



42. A Los Angeles Police Officer looks after an abandoned baby in the drawer of her desk (1971)



43. Female snipers of the Soviet 3rd Shock Army (May 4, 1945)




44. A Lockheed employee working on a P-38 Lightning in Burbank, California (1944)



45. Leola N. King, America’s first female traffic cop, Washington D.C. (1918)

America’s first female traffic cop,

46. Female pilots leaving their B-17, “Pistol Packin’ Mama” (c. 1941 – 1945)

Female pilots leaving their B-17

47. A Red Cross nurse takes down the last words of a British soldier (c. 1917)





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