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The Women's Room

[Young Woman, Sicily, Italy] Wilhelm von Gloeden (Italian, born Germany, 1886–1931)

Photo by Eiramis • PicMonkey: Photo Editing Made Of Win

Nine-year-old Betty Perske photographed by her mother Natalie outside of the Highland Manor School for Girls, c. 1933. Unknown to young Betty, in ten years she would begin her career as one of the most iconic and beloved film stars of all time: Lauren Bacall.

Silent Actress Miss Fay Compton The Half-Tone Engraving Company by Elwin Neame

Countess de Castiglione

Rembrandt’s Mother Reading, 1629 by Rembrandt Van Rijn

Jeanne Hébuterne... frequent subject and common-law wife of the artist Amedeo Modigliani

for writing Mrs Dalloway and being the most misunderstood woman of her age...

Veruschka and her collaboration with photographer Holger Trüzsch on a series of photographs called Oxydationen.

Alexandra David-Néel, a fearless French opera singer/traveller/spiritualist and writer, who, in the 1920s, became the first European woman to visit forbidden Tibet, and later inspired the famous beat writers Kerouac and Ginsberg. Claiming to be magically taught the Tibeten language by a mountain wizard who could “fly through the air, command demons, and kill men with a glance”, she was described by the great English writer and poet, Lawrence Durrell, as "the most astonishing ...

"Born in 1892, the beautiful, tough, determined and incredibly inspirational, professional aviator Bessie "Queen Bess" Coleman was the first African American (in the world) to attain a pilot's license. At age 30, she was considered "the world's greatest woman flyer." Her tragic death at only 34 ended a fierce and brilliant career."