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.
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
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
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