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.

Whenever I hear a someone make a crack about women and science or something like that, I like to imagine the ghost of someone like Rita might materialize long enough to smack the ever-loving heck out of them. How many examples of strong, independent and intelligent women do you need? Geeze.

Woman with camera

Hopi woman

shaman woman

Bobbi Gibb, first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, running without a number because women were not allowed into the race.

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

Two Women Under a Tree photo by Alice M. Boughton, ~ 1910 the woman on the left is dead. This is a beautiful picture though.

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

Dr. Frances Dick, 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW, Sydney, c.1892. photograph by J. Hubert Newman. Dr Frances Dick graduated from London School of Medicine for Women & the University of Ireland. Her qualifications included: LSA (Lond) 1891 & MB Bac Surg, Royal University of Ireland 1891. She was the 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW preceding Dr M A Corliss by a few months. She was registered on 13 January, 1892. State Lib of NSW

Civil War era fashion

A beautiful young woman named Miss Guilmartin, Montreal, QC, 1877. Slaves escape to Canada

Women who lead the women's suffrage movement.

A captivating close up portrait of a beautifully attired Victorian woman.

Womens Dresss 1850s Victorian by daviladraws, via Flickr

Women who run with the wolves

Queen Victoria.

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

Marie Curie. #science, #women, #leaders, #history

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