Notable Women From History

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These women have changed history by being strong, brave, and human, regardless of social expectations for them.

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Women railroad workers at lunch. Many were the wives and even mothers of the men who left for war, 1943.

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Parisian mothers shield their children from German sniper fire, 1944.

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

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

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Some of the first women sworn into US Marine Corps., August, 1918.

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Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union, Oct. 1956.

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Margaret Bourke-White, a photographer, climbing the Chrysler Building in New York City - 1934.

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Winnie the Welder, 1943.

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Female volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor - 1942

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Anna Fisher, "the first mother in space", 1980s.

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Two women show uncovered legs in public for the first time in Toronto, 1937.

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

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Sabiha Gökçen of Turkey poses with her plane, 1937. She became the first female fighter pilot.

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

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Leola N, King, America's first female traffic cop, Washington D.C, 1918.

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Girls deliver heavy blocks of ice after male workers were conscripted into the Military, 1918.

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A mother shows a picture of her son to returning prisoners of war in an attempt to find him, Vienna, 1947.

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

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Women boxing on a roof in Los Angeles - 1933

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Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York, 23 Oct. 1917.

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A woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the London Blitz, 1940.

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A female mason high above Berlin, 1900.

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

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Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Chanel, 1926.

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A woman suffrage activist protesting after "The Night of Terror", 1917.

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A captured Soviet soldier is given water by a Ukrainian woman, 1941.

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

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

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Annette Kellerman posing in a swimsuit that got her arrested for indecency, 1907.

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Afghan women studying medicine, 1962.

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A female Lockheed employee working on a P-38 Lightning aircraft Burbank, California, 1944.

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A British sergeant training members of the army Women's Home Defense Corps during the Battle of Britain, 1940.

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The iconic photo of a mother of seven children during the American Dust Bowl, 1936.

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Women's Liberation Coalition March, Detroit, Michigan, 1970. 

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Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rocky city jail, 1961.

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Women's league roller derby skaters in New York - 1950

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The first women's basketball team from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts - 1902

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A Los Angeles police officer looks after an abandoned baby in the drawer of her desk, 1971.

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A tattooist's wife, 1907.

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American nurses land in Normandy, 1944.

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Photograph of a female samurai warrior, ca. late 1800s.

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Female pilots leaving their B-17, "Pistol Packin' Mama", 1944.

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Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license, 1936.

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