1922 Women in Chicago being arrested for wearing one piece bathing suits and showing a little leg.

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever

Female police officers, London, c1919

Emma Goldman mugshot. Arrested for distributing information on birth control to women

Beauty Prize Winners 1922. When stick thin was not in.

Women bowling in the year 1900. I find it fascinating to see how dark it is in the bowling alley, and look at that candelabra there over her shoulder. So cool.

Kitchen, 1914, love the legs on the sink

French women working in ammunition factories, 1917.

Experienced women pilots were eager to join the WASP. One of which was Hazel Ying Lee. She became the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military.

1929, Chicago Policewoman, Miss Bessie McShane

A majestic photo of Col. Sherrell, Supt. of Public Buildings and Grounds, has issued an order that bathing suits at the Washington bathing beach must not be over six inches above the knee .. It was made in 1922.

"Bobbi Gibb, first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, running without a number because women were not allowed into the race." The police ran after her and tried to arrest her. Women were not considered strong enough to run the marathon."

Prison Garb 1924. Belva Annan murderess whose trial records became the musical "Chicago."

Agent Orange, children and the Viet Nam War

April 10, 1865... just four days before his assasination.

Historic Vote: Women in New York City participate in their first election in 1922

How some women use their power. Jane Addams created Hull House in Chicago, the first "settlement house" to aid immigrants and poor people in the metropolis. She won the Nobel Peace Prize and sparked the profession of social work.

The creation of the zoot suit can be traced to Harlem in the mid to late 1930s. Initially an African American youth fashion, closely connected to jazz culture, the zoot suit was co-opted by a generation of Mexican American youth. The oversized suit was both an outrageous style and a statement of defiance. Zoot suiters asserted themselves in the face of widespread discrimination. At the dawn of WWII, the suit was condemned by the U.S. government and over time the suit was seen as unpatriotic.

Midnight Train to Georgia | 1942 A group of African American women waiting for their trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, New York City, 1942. Sepia tone (original b). by Black History Album, via Flickr

It was mandated that only one breast could be used to feed the white child...if she switched up and let both black and white babies suckle from the same breast, she could be whipped because it was like them sharing the same water fountain. She wasn't a paid wet nurse who chose this profession, she was an enslaved woman who had to feed all of the white babies first and her child last. if her milk went dry, the slave owner brought another woman, and the enslaved women's children went hungry.

A woman bids her boyfriend goodbye, as he leaves to fight in World War I. 1914.