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28 Inspiring Images of Women Making History

Time and again, women have rebelled to force change in how society treats and perceives them by challenging the status quo, often putting their own lives at risk. Indeed, they have changed and continue to alter the course of history with courage and resolve. 

These inspiring photographs of the early pioneers and trailblazers of gender equality offer a glimpse of their triumphs and struggles. 

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28 Inspiring Images of Women Making History

28 Inspiring Images of Women Making History

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First few Women to join US Marine Corps at the oath ceremony in 1918.

First few Women to join US Marine Corps at the oath ceremony in 1918.

French Women protect their kids when German Snipers started firing after liberation of Paris (26th August 1944).

French Women protect their kids when German Snipers started firing after liberation of Paris (26th August 1944).

Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run Boston Marathon in 1967. The race organizer was not too happy about it.

Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run Boston Marathon in 1967. The race organizer was not too happy about it.

She broke the stereotype of only male running in Marathon. One of the most powerful photos of that time which shook everyone.

Female Pilots during World War 2.

Female Pilots during World War 2.

Maud Stevens Wagner (February 1877 - January 30,1961) was a circus performer and the first known female tattoo artist in the United States.

Maud Stevens Wagner (February 1877 - January 30,1961) was a circus performer and the first known female tattoo artist in the United States.

A 106-year-old woman guards her home with AK 47, in Degh village, near the city of Goris in Southern Armenia. (1990s)

A 106-year-old woman guards her home with AK 47, in Degh village, near the city of Goris in Southern Armenia. (1990s)

Annette Kellerman; pro swimmer, vaudeville star and film actress posing in a swim suit that got her arrested for indecency. c. 1907.

Annette Kellerman; pro swimmer, vaudeville star and film actress posing in a swim suit that got her arrested for indecency. c. 1907.

Angelina Jolie listening to Syrian Refugees on Jordanian Border.

Angelina Jolie listening to Syrian Refugees on Jordanian Border.

Angelina Jolie took to humanitarian issues by joining United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) in 2001. Since then she has traveled to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia, Pakistan, Thailand, Ecuador, Kosovo, Kenya, Namibia, Sri Lanka, North Caucasus, Jordan, Egypt, New Delhi, Costa Rica, Chad, Syria, and Iraq to name a few. Now, she is the goodwill ambassador for UNHCR. According to 2006, Angelina and Brad Pitt have donated $8 billion to charity. In May 2014, Angelina donated $ 50,000 donation to Red Cross flood relief efforts in Bosnia. She also raised awareness for breast cancer. Feel free to share.

'Winnie The Welder'- working at dockyard

'Winnie The Welder'- working at dockyard

A welder at a boat-and-sub-building yard adjusts her goggles before resuming work, October, 1943. By 1945, women comprised well over a third of the civilian labor force (in 1940, it was closer to a quarter) and millions of those jobs were filled in factories: building bombers, manufacturing munitions, welding, drilling and riveting for the war effort.

The first women basketball team in 1902.

The first women basketball team in 1902.

Leola N. King, America's first female traffic cop, in 1918.

Leola N. King, America's first female traffic cop, in 1918.

Nurses reach Normandy, France in 1944 to control the casualties.

Nurses reach Normandy, France in 1944 to control the casualties.

A Female Samurai in 1800s.

A Female Samurai in 1800s.

Samurais are known warriors and military leaders in Japan.

Female members of Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) in 1973.

Female members of Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) in 1973.

Margaret Bourke-White climbing on the Chrysler Building in 1934 to capture photographs.

Margaret Bourke-White climbing on the Chrysler Building  in 1934 to capture photographs.

Amelia Earhart is the first Lady pilot who flew across the Atlantic Ocean.

Amelia Earhart is the first Lady pilot who flew across the Atlantic Ocean.

One of the first Female Skateboarders, Ellen O'Neal, 1976.

One of the first Female Skateboarders, Ellen O'Neal, 1976.

Women's Liberation Coalition, protesting for equal pay, 1970.

Women's Liberation Coalition, protesting for equal pay, 1970.

Afghani women studying Medicine in 1962.

Afghani women studying Medicine in 1962.

A Muslim Woman protects a Jewish Woman by covering her Yellow Star to protect her from prosecution.

A Muslim Woman protects a Jewish Woman by covering her Yellow Star to protect her from prosecution.

Jeanne Manford with her son Morty, foreground, marching in the New York City Gay Pride Parade in 1972.

Jeanne Manford with her son Morty, foreground, marching in the New York City Gay Pride Parade in 1972.

18 year old French Resistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris. (19th August, 1944)

18 year old French Resistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris. (19th August, 1944)

A Los Angeles Police Officer looks after an abandoned baby in the drawer of her desk. (1971)

A Los Angeles Police Officer looks after an abandoned baby in the drawer of her desk. (1971)

First Mother in Space, Anna Fisher (1980s)

First Mother in Space, Anna Fisher (1980s)

Female snipers of the Soviet 3rd Shock Army. (May 4, 1945)

Female snipers of the Soviet 3rd Shock Army. (May 4, 1945)

Sarla Thakral (21), first Indian woman to earn a pilot's license. (1936)

Sarla Thakral (21), first Indian woman to earn a pilot's license. (1936)

Turkish aviator Sabiha Gökçen, first female fighter pilot in 1937.

Turkish aviator Sabiha Gökçen, first female fighter pilot in 1937.

A Red Cross worker takes down the last words of a British Soldier, World War 1.

A Red Cross worker takes down the last words of a British Soldier, World War 1.

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