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Hard working women from a cotton mill,1909.

Joan Cassis, Untitled (Elderly Afro-American Woman with Braid, Mary), 1986

megumiovvo: "Let me tell you about this woman. I saw her walking down the stairs and away from the convention center on Sunday at Anime Expo. For those of you who do not know, she’s cosplaying as Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle. I asked to take her picture and she happily complied. After, she told us that it’s hard to her to find cosplays because she’s in her eighties. This woman is over 80 years old and she’s cosplaying, going to conventions, and being amazing. "

Mathilde Weil - Rosa Rosarum, 1901

A DYNAMO POWERED BY LOVE - Jeanne Manford, 1920-2013. Eric Marucs said, "It's a little hard to imagine now what that period was like, how revolutionary it was for a parent to walk in the Gay Pride March in New York City carrying a sign that said, 'Parents Unite in support of our gay children.'" Dan Savage says, "What Jeanne did was she put it in people's heads that gay and lesbian people had parents - that we were somebody's children, and that was the first real big step in the movement..."

Jodie Foster, a primary caregiver for her mother, who has dementia, said at the Golden Globes - “Mom, I know you are inside those blue eyes somewhere. I love you, I love you, I love you, and I hope that if I say this three times, it will magically and perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of knowing that you did good in this life, you’re a great mom, please take that with you when you’re finally okay to go.”

Jody Foster, 1976 (Terry O’Neill)

激動の第二次世界大戦末期を記録した衝撃的画像 : カラパイア

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan. I'm not there (2007)

Oscar Nominations: Best Supporting Actress

Katharine Hepburn

Georges de la Tour, The Fortune-Teller (Detail), 1632-35.

Frida Kahlo

Jordi Gual portrait of his blind daughter, Nastasha.

Aung San Suu Kyi -- portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

she chose to work in mechanics instead of nursing.

"I think I'm constantly in a state of adjustment." Patti Smith, musician, author, artist.

Maxine Hong Kingston -- "Maybe because I was the one with the tongue cut loose, I had grown inside me a list of over two hundred things that I had to tell my mother so that she would know the true things about me and to stop the pain in my throat." from The Woman Warrior

Dr. Leila Denmark was the world's oldest practicing physician when she retired at age 103. She died in April 2012 at the age of 114. She treated some of Atlanta's poorest children as a volunteer at the Central Presbyterian Baby Clinic. Millworkers and other poor people who had no other way to get medical care brought their sick children to the clinic.

English Quaker Elizabeth Fry "visited every ship taking women convicts and children to Botany Bay... School & sewing groups were started for those who wished, and each woman was given 'a bag of useful things'..." Many used their fabric and notions to make a quilt during the long weeks of the voyage, for comfort, to sell upon arrival, or to prove their skill as seamstresses when looking for work in the strange new colony.

The Great Dames, shot by Annie Lebowitz

Survivors Hanna Tessler, 86, left, and her sister, Sara Tessler, 83. “We’ve seen each other every day for the last 70 years, checking up on one another,” Hanna said.

"I have lived through many wars and have lost everything many times - including my husband, my mother and my beloved son. Yet life is beautiful, and I have so much to learn and enjoy. I have no space nor time for pessimism and hate." "I have had such a beautiful life. And life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love." Alice Herz Sommer, pianist, survivor of Theresienstadt.

Nawal El Saadawi “They said, “You are a savage and dangerous woman.” I am speaking the truth. And the truth is savage and dangerous.” Nawal El Saadawi (Arabic: نوال السعداوى, born October 27, 1931) is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital cutting in her society.

Elizabeth and Philip... early and later. (Notice she is wearing the same brooch in both photos)