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16 amazing photos of history’s bravest women

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History is filled with women who have fought hard for equal rights, shattered social norms, and achieved amazing things for humankind. Take a look at these photos of a few of history’s bravest women who did all of these things and more. The world is a better place thanks to them.

finnish women's suffrage

Women’s suffrage march in Helsinki, 1905. In 1907, Finland elected the first female MPs in the world.


When organizer Jock Semple realized a woman was running the Boston marathon he went after her. Other runners blocked him and Kathrine Switzer went on to finish the race(1967)

Jock Semple attempts to remove Kathrine Switzer from the 1967 Boston Marathon, shouting “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!” Women were forbidden from participating, but other runners blocked Semple, and Switzer finished the race.

Two women showing their uncovered legs in public for the first time in Toronto. [1937]

Staged photo of two women wearing “scandalous” shorts in Toronto, 1937.

 

Margaret Bourke-White

Photographer Margaret Bourke-White taking photographs from the Chrysler Building, 1934.




Suffragette March, London 1911

Suffragette march by the National Federation of Women Workers in London, May 1911.

Women held positions of power within the Black Panther Party. ( 1960's)

Women of the Black Panther movement, 1969.

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

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

Russian Valentina Tereshcova, first woman in space( 1963)

Russian Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space (1963)

Revolutionary women in El Salvador

Guerrillas of the FMLN in El Salvador.

Mothers shield their children from German sniper fire. (Paris, France 1944)

 Mothers shield their children from German sniper fire in France, 1944.

Maud Wagner, the first well known female tattoo artist in the United States. [1907]

Maud Wagner, the first well-known female tattoo artist in the United States, 1907.

late 1800s samurai warrior

An actor portraying a Japanese onna-bugeisha, a type of female warrior who fought alongside male samurais (1870s).




Ellen O’Neal, one of the first professional female skaters. [1976]

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

Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961]

Freedom Rider and voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail, 1961.

A woman hitting a Neo-Nazi with her handbag in Sweden

A woman hitting a neo-Nazi with her handbag, Sweden, 1985.

Simone Segouin

French Résistance fighter Simone Segouin, who fought to liberate Paris. August 19, 1944.

Think these women are awesome? It’s just the tip of the iceberg. Tell us about your top female role models and historic figures in the comments below!

 

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