10 Historic Photos that Capture Struggle of Women to Redefine their Place in Society


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This is a picture of Kathrine Switzer who participated in Boston marathon in 1967. The person trying to interrupt her is race organizer Jock Semple who after learning Katherine is a woman tried to stop her from the race but her boyfriend and other male runners intervened and formed a protective cover to let her continue the race.

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This is a picture of Maud Wagner from 1911, the first female tattoo artist who also tattooed her own body to empower and encourage women to come forward and be more accepting of tattoo as an art.

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This is a picture from 1906, Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst, two leaders of Womena��s Social and Political Union (WSPU) holding a placard demanding rights for women to be allowed to vote.

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Annette Kellerman was an Australian professional swimmer who introduced the one piece bathing suit for women in 1900. At that time there was a huge social uproar regarding the suit with many parts of society deeming it indecent. However nowadays one piece bathing suit is considered an essential for swimming.

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Actress Lila Lee standing on the beach in 1920s. Her attire reflects the societya��s ideals regarding women were very different at that moment in time.

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This is a picture of an African American student, Elizabeth Eckford, maintaining her calm and composure despite facing an unruly mob harassing and taunting her after the desegregation of Little Rock School, Arkansas. This picture is dated 4th September, 1957 and the way this young lady is maintaining her dignity in the face of taunts and shouts being hurled at her is commendable.

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Billie Jean King was one of the most successful tennis players from United States who worked for social equality of women and social justice. She used her fame and power to work for women and formed Tennis Association for Women to come forward in this otherwise male dominated sport.

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Maria Teressa de Filippis was an Italian women who encouraged women to come forward in odd sports by becoming a Formula One race car driver herself.

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These women are the members of a�?Womena��s Organization to War on Stylesa�� and they are holding placards and banners in protest to long skirts and padded hips. They are holding their protest in front of a shop in Berkley in 1947.

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Rosa Parks an African American got arrested and in this picture from 1956 is having her finger prints taken for refusing to sit at the back of the bus which is apparently a�?for white peoplea��.


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10 Historic Photos that Capture Struggle of Women to Redefine their Place in Society

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