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Female police officers, London, 1919.


A great woman…

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.

Fashion police in Washington DC, 1922. The policeman is measuring the amount of leg exposed by the woman's swimming costume, to determine whether or not it's illegal to wear in public.

Margaret Damer Dawson, OBE, Commandant, Women's Police Service, with her assistant and partner Mary Allen, OBE, about 1916. Dawson was shocked to discover attempts by men at railway stations attempting to recruit Belgian refugee women as prostitutes. She was able to found the WPS since so many policemen had gone to the Army, and women volunteered to work without pay. [The two women lived together from 1914 until Dawson died in 1920.] Much more at link.

Edith Garrud. The 1st female martial arts instructor in the Western world, judo-flipping the hell out of armed men, using her powers to fight London police who tried to violently break up women's suffrage rallies. Her skills were used to train ju-jitsu suffragettes who protected other women against those who thought they could stand in the way of a woman's right to vote. She was also the 1st female fight choreographer in British film history.

Evelyn “Jackie” Bross (left) and Catherine Barscz (right) at the Racine Avenue Police Station, Chicago, June 5, 1943. In 1943 Evelyn “Jackie” Bross of Cherokee heritage, was arrested on her way home from work for violating Chicago’s cross-dressing and public indecency ordinance. Bross, 19yrs at the time, and a machinist at a WWII defense plant, wore men’s clothes and sported a man’s hair cut – that was more than enough for the Chicago police. Chicago outlawed cross-dressing as early as 1851.

Georgia Ann Robinson became the first African-American female police officer in the country, Los Angeles, 1916.

A woman hitting a skinhead with her handbag, Sweden, 1985. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor.

The man in the much publicized Holocaust photo has been only recently identified as Rabbi Moshe Hegerman, the Rabbi of Olkusz in Poland. Brought to the town square for execution he asked to let him say first Kaddish for his slain brethren. The soldiers laughed while watching him praying and then killed him.

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