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Olive Oatman was "the first white tattooed woman in the history of the United States..." ~ Olive Oatman was 13 when she travelled from Illinois to California with her Mormon family. On the journey, the family were ambushed by a Native American tribe, who killed all but Olive, her Sister (who lated died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). After being sold to another tribe, as a slave, she was tattooed (tattoo) and taken in as "one of their own". She was 'rescued' 5 years later.

"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes don't see as well and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. "But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand" The Velveteen Rabbit

Photo of Caroline Nightinggale, an Insane Asylum Patient, Who Believed Her Husand Had a Family With a Different Woman Other Than Herself, British, 1875

She knew this transition was not about becoming someone better, but about finally allowing herself to become who she had always been

This is a photo of a 19 year-old girl, who stopped aging at age 2, being held by her 17 year-old younger sister. Her name is Brooke Greenberg, and her doctors have termed her condition "Syndrome X."

from Mail Online

China's most incredible mother: Staggering story of the woman who saved 30 abandoned babies after finding them dumped in the street with the trash

The truly inspiring story of Lou Xiaoying, age 88, a Chinese rubbish collector who saved and raised THIRTY babies abandoned at the roadside. ~ SHE embodies all that is truly good in this world! Kudos to this exceptional altruist! :)

These handprints represent women who comitted Sati (alternatively, suttee), “a funeral practice among some Hindu communities in which a recently-widowed woman would either voluntarily or by use of force and coercion immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.”

Kodak film ad from the 1940s - geared not towards the fighting men of the day (as many ads of the time were), but because it targeted women who were in the service ~