Marie Curie was a woman before her time. Born in 1867, in Poland, she was a genius in physics and in chemistry; she is the first woman ever to receive a Nobel Prize and the only woman in history to receive two Nobel Prizes.

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken - Boy hears for the first time in his life, by the use of early hearing aid.

An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s.

First Human X-ray 1896. The woman, Marie Curie, who took part in this experiment had so many X-rays taken that she developed a form of blood cancer and died.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the 1974 NYC marathon (women's division) with a time of 3:07:29.

Ultimate collection of rare historical photos. A BIG piece of history (200 pictures!)

Elizaveta Fedorovna (Elizabeth Romanova), a German princess in 1880’s-90’s Russia, where she married the fifth son of Tsar Alexander II. She was said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe. Her husband was killed by a bomb in 1905. A champion of the poor, she became a nun after her husband's murder. Arrested and buried alive 1918 by the Red Army. Canonized in 1981.

Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870–1942). Pioneer of photojournalism, first woman photographer hired on a newspaper staff.

PRECIOUS Pic.. Charlie Chaplin learns the manual alphabet from Hellen Keller in 1919.

Donna Tobias - the first woman to graduate from the US Navy’s Deep Sea Diving School in 1975.

Harriet Tubman, slave, abolitionist, spy and 1st woman to lead an armed expedition during war. Born into slavery, she was beaten, 'hired out' and suffered seizures from being hit by a heavy weight. After escaping, she later made ~19 trips to rescue a total of over 300 slaves, sometimes using the Underground Railroad. Called 'Black Moses', she carried a gun and threatened to shoot any slave who would turn back. She was a Union spy during the Civil War and struggled for women's suffrage.

Native American Woman - You are looking at an intriguing picture of the Daughter of American Horse. It was taken in 1908 by Edward S. Curtis. The picture presents a Half-length portrait, facing right. The woman is wearing a traditional Indian Dress with beads We have created this collection of pictures primarily to serve as an easy to access educational tool.

Miep Gies, the woman who hid Ann Frank and her family for 2 years.

One of the most feared of all London's street gangs in the late 1880's was a group of female toughs known as the Clockwork Oranges. They would later inspire Anthony Burgess' most notorious novel.

Eartha Kitt - Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world.

This lovely southern gentleman isHarry T. Burn; the man who was the deciding vote in passing the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote on August 18, 1920. Tennessee-born, woman-respecting, and just that gosh darn attractive? Well I don’t mind if I do.

*QUEEN ELIZABETH's ~ mother-in-law. Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885-1969) was the mother of Prince Philip. She was born deaf, but read lips in several languages. She married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark in 1903 and had 5 children. Her family was exiled from Greece in 1917. Her later years were devoted to charity and she founded the order of nuns known as the Christian Sisterhood of Martha and Mary.

THIS IS a famous, intensely evocative photo, taken in 1894, of Alexander Graham Bell, Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller (seated). Bell introduced Keller to her famous teacher.