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Foundations: Pioneering, Groudbreaking Women in History

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History. Our Strong, Misbehaving, Foremothers that have Paved the Way.

Foundations: Pioneering, Groudbreaking Women in History

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Dolly Shephard, Edwardian parachutist + aerial performer, in her parachuting costume c.1910. “Despite a number of close calls, she not only survived an eight year career as Britain’s “Queen of the Air”, but a few years before her death in 1983, (at age 96), she flew with the Red Devils, whose modern parachuting techniques she greatly admired.

Hattan, Ella (Jaguarina) "She had, for years, defeated just about every male opponent she could find, usually with broadswords. On horseback."

Kavita Ramdas #quotes #inspiration #wisdom #thoughts #words

We tell them they can be anything they want to be. But do we really believe that? Why don’t we just say, truthfully, the cards are stacked against you because you are a girl? We teach our children to study hard, apply themselves, make an effort, and have faith that they will mostly succeed on the merits …

Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first American Indian woman to become a physician in the United States.

Fair enough.

Coco Chanel

New York, 1917. "Helen Campbell." A Hunter College student licensed as a wireless operator during World War I. Bain News Service.

  • Thurman Ulrich
    Thurman Ulrich

    Difference is men are people capable of complex emotion, extensive cognitive abilities and self-awareness, while a shark does not possess this ability. A fear of Black people is called racism, a fear of Jews is called antisemitism, a fear of homosexual people is called homophobia - but a fear of men? Nah, let's justify my misandry by comparing them to sharks. The ultimate act of dehumanisation.

  • Amanda Hertel
    Amanda Hertel

    I see it as comparing the statistical probabilities of each situation. Not comparing men to sharks. But yes, let's try to diminish and belittle a legitimate fear and problem and call it plain misandry. If these men are so capable of so much, then why is rape and abuse still such a problem??

Daphne Maxwell Reid She was actually the First Black woman named Homecoming Queen at Northwestern University, and the First Black woman to grace the cover of Glamour Magazine. Mom in Fresh Prince Of BelAir

Ruth Ellis came out as a lesbian around 1915 and graduated from Springfield High School in 1919, at a time when fewer than seven percent of African Americans graduated from secondary school. In the 20s, she met the only woman she ever lived with, Ceciline “Babe” Franklin. Their house was a central location for gay and lesbian parties, and also served as a refuge for African American gays and lesbians. Throughout her life, Ellis advocated for civil rights.

Chicago’s Police Department’s first female officers, 1913 The starting salary of a policewoman in 1913 was $ 75 a month, and each officer was assigned an area to patrol—often a beach, park, bus terminal, railroad station, or dancehall. Their duties included protecting girls from unsavory types who might lure them into danger and arresting girls for wearing questionable swimming costumes at the local beaches. Via Chicago History Museum

Salomé Ureña: Founder of Women's Higher Education in the Dominican Republic

When Golda Meir was Prime Minister of Israel, she was asked to place a curfew on women to end a series of rapes. However, Meir refused and replied, “But it is the men who are attacking the women. If there is to be a curfew, let the men stay at home".

Here is Josephine Holloway, Girl Scout pioneer, with her granddaughter. As early as 1913 a African-American troop existed (but not in the South). In 1923, Josephine worked at a Nashville shelter for women and children; in 1924, she trained as a Girl Scout leader with Juliette Gordon Lowe. That year she enlisted over 300 girls in scouting, but when she married she was forced to resign. Not til 1942 did the Nashville Council allow an official troop for Black girls. STORY at link.

She became her own hero

Kipchak steppe female warrior. "Kipchaks were a Turkic tribal confederation. They conquered large parts of the Eurasian steppe during the Turkic expansion of the 11th to 12th centuries together with the Cumans, and were in turn conquered by the Mongol invasions of the early 13th century."


Not to be taken lightly - for they are the grand daughters of all the #witches the #inquisition was never able to burn. | #church #WitchHunt #religion #atheism #women

Deborah Samson Gannett was an American woman who impersonated a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Mulan style.

Amice Mary Calverley strikes a pose....It's undated but appears to be taken at the Seti I temple at Abydos. She was a plane-flying, war-filming, desert-living Egyptologist, who created stunning drawings of the Temple of Seti I at Abydos. Her drawings, financed by John Rockefeller Jr., were published in four oversized colour volumes. Her drawings were so good that her editors could find hieroglyphic errors made by the ancient Egyptians, but scarcely one made by her.

Dorothy Porter, the first Black woman to be awarded a Masters of Library Science from Columbia University in 1932. She devoted over 43 years to developing a modern research library to serve the needs of the Howard University community. Wesley retired from Howard in 1973. For her years of service, the university named the library reading room the “Dorothy B. Porter Reading Room.” She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

The First British Surgeon to Perform a Successful C-Section Was a Woman Disguised as a Man

Consuelo Vanderbilt was one of the most famous heiresses in U.S. history. For one thing, she was astonishingly beautiful. For another, she was one of the wealthiest young women in the United States. By the time she she'd made her debut in 1895, the entire country knew she possessed $20 million — a sum equal to almost $4 billion today. She is pictured here with a young Winston Churchill in 1904

Fat People Are Not the Problem — Fatphobia Is.*TW* in article. This is what happens when society demonizes fat people so much that they're considered sub-human: People don’t see them as human because they’re bombarded with the message day in and day out that fat people are diseased, defective, less-than.