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Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was suffragette, stock broker, publisher, and the first woman to run for the U.S. presidency. Her early years were spent in a travelling fortune-telling and medicine family show as a psychic. Later--a divorcee twice over--she operated a brokerage firm on Wall Street with her sister. She also started a reform magazine which argued for equal standards for men and women, mystical socialism, and the legalization of prostitution during the repressive Victorian era.

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A great woman who helped others when they needed it, followed her dreams, and advanced the world in medicine- all while being told women shouldn't behave in such a way…Rita Levi-Montalcini

The Missouri Woman cover for June 1916: " Votes for Women." The "Missouri Woman" was a monthly magazine published by the St. Louis Equal Suffrage League from 1915-1919. Missouri History Museum

arianna huffington, age 24: the photo is a scan from viva magazine, 8.1974, in which she was interviewed about her views on "the women's lib movement." She'd recently published a book, The Female Woman, which the magazine described as follows: "Her concept of the 'female woman' is of a person who combines feminity, intelligence, and independence, but without friction and without self-consciousness..."

Forcible Feeding Cover of The Suffragette - 42-18592188 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis. An illustration depicting force feeding as torture, published in The Suffragette magazine, March 28, 1913. The magazine was edited by Christabel Pankhurst and published by the Women's Social and Political Union in England. Fahrenheit 451 Bookstores Books for Progressive readers & Revolutionary Minds on Amazon at fah451books.com or E-Bay at fah451bks.com

Though today we'd scarcely bat an eye at the image of a pregnant celebrity, during the Victorian era it was rather uncommon for a women (be she famous or not) to be photographed (as stage actress Lilly Langtry was here) when she was in the "family way". #pregnant #Victorian #actress #vintage #antique #women #beautiful #stage #Lilly_Langtry

A groups of young Victorian women (friends, cousins, classmates, church members?) pose for a lovely springtime portrait, complete with darling little nosegays of fresh blooms. #flowers #Victorian #vintage #19th_century #women #dress #costume #1800s

Elizabeth Blackwell said she turned to medicine after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman. She became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register

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A strikingly gorgeous Victorian woman, identified only as Miss Arlington. Not only is this lady herself lovely, but the portrait is deeply exquisite. #Victorian #19th_century #1800s #photograph #antique #vintage #woman #beautiful

Gertrude Belle Elion (1918-1999) American biochemist and pharmacologist who played a key role in developing the AIDS drug AZT, receiving the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1988 together with two other researchers. She was the first woman to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. #PersonalLeadership #Women

Meena Keshwar Kamal; the Afghan woman who gave her life to fighting for women’s rights. In Kabul, 1977, when she was just 19,Meena founded an organization called RAWA , which stands for The Revolutionary Association of the Woman of Afghanistan. RAWA is an organization that strives to “give voice to the deprived and silenced women of Afghanistan.” In 1981 she launched a feminist magazine called Payam-e-Zan, which exposed the criminal activities of fundamentalist groups.

Dr. Clelia Mosher - 1892 Dr. Clelia Mosher (1863 - 1940) was a brilliant and extraordinary woman who made debunking the claims of Victorian medicine regarding the frailty of the female body her life's work.