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Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson was a 24 year old widow raising a daughter when she decided to attend the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors in 1891 and accepted a position as the resident physician at the Tuskegee Institute. Before she began her job, Halle needed to pass the Alabama Medical Board exam, an unusually difficult multi-day test. When she passed the exam, Halle became the first female physician of any race licensed by the state of Alabama.

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American actress Ruth Chatterton was an early female aviator who befriended Amelia Earhart, sponsored air derbies, and flew cross-country solo.

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Check out this guest blog post from author of Wicked Women of New Mexico, Donna Blake Birchell.

Wicked Women of New Mexico

"Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now" (via BBC) The juxtaposition of images is chilling On this day in 1942 the first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.

In pictures: Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now

Harriet Hosmer was sent to a school that fostered independence and provided her with creative female role models, she became determined to sculpt. She studied human anatomy, necessary for sculptors but usually forbidden to women. She sailed to Rome in 1852 and gained entrance to the studio of English sculptor John Gibson, where she attracted the patronage of affluent tourists. One of a group of U.S. women sculptors, dubbed the "White Marmorean Flock" by Henry James.

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On the road to promote woman suffrage in 1916, these women brought their cat, Saxon. Source: American History Museum Twitter