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1871-Convicted at age of 11, Ellen was ordered to do 7 days hard labour at Newcastle after being convicted of stealing iron. Age: 11 Height: 4.3

Babies who died during the genocide, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda. 2 of the 800,000 who were slaughtered.

Elin Wägner standing next to 351,454 signatures demanding women get the right to vote (Sweden, 1914) #WomenRock

Annette Kellerman promoted women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907… She was arrested for indecency.

In 1936, Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin, intending for them to be a showcase of Aryan supremacy. American Jesse Owens shattered that goal when he won four gold medals in track & field.

Qiu Jin wore masculine attire before the Qing Dynasty and system of imperial rule fell (in other words, during a time when traditional Confucian values about women’s proper place were still dominant). She made war with the emperor and was beheaded. She’s touted as China’s first feminist…but perhaps we could even say she’s proto-genderqueer? I snagged this photo from the wonderful book Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905–1948 by Yan Haiping.

Dr. Stella Boyd of Evansville, IN. She prescribed diaphragms for married women when it was illegal in the 1930s.

In this June 15, 1963, file photo, mourners march to the Jackson, Miss., funeral home following services for slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

Suffragettes ~ 1911 - thank God for these brave women!

1858 – She refused to give up her seat or ride in the “colored” section of a segregated trolley car in Philadelphia (100 years before Rosa Parks) and wrote one her most famous poems, “Bury Me In A Free Land,” when she got very sick while on a lecturing tour. Her short story “The Two Offers” became the first short story to be published by an African American.