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55 Badass Women Who Changed History Forever

These women have changed history forever by being strong, brave, and human, regardless of society’s expectations for them.  

Jeanne Manford marches with her gay son during a Pride Parade. [1972]

Jeanne went on to found the rights group "Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays".

Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer of the Apollo Project, stands next to the code she wrote by hand and that was used to take humanity to the moon. [1969]

A Dutch woman refuses to leave her husband, a German soldier, after Allied soldiers capture him. She followed him into captivity. [1944]

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Two women show uncovered legs in public for the first time in Toronto. [1937]

A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985]

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A woman suffrage activist protesting after 'The Night of Terror.' [1917]

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33 suffrage activists had been arrested for ‘obstructing traffic’ and were badly beaten by prison guards.

A Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbor with her veil to protect her from prosecution. Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia. [1941]

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Simone Segouin, an 18 year old French Résistance fighter, during the liberation of Paris. [19 August 1944]

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Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her. [1967]

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Afghan women at a public library before the Taliban seized power. [c. 1950s]

Marina Ginesta, a 17-year-old communist militant, overlooking Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. [1936]

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Elspeth Beard, during her attempt to become the first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. [1980s]

The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles.

Sabiha Gökçen of Turkey poses with her plane, in 1937 she became the first female fighter pilot.

Filipino guerilla, Captain Nieves Fernandez, shows a US soldier how she killed Japanese soldiers during the occupation. [1944]

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Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel. [1926]

A British sergeant training members of the ‘mum’s army’ Women's Home Defence Corps during the Battle of Britain. [1940]

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The iconic photo of a concerned pea-picker and mother of seven children during the Dust Bowl. [1936]

A mother shows a picture of her son to returning prisoners of war in an attempt to find him. [Vienna, 1947]

Source: Ernst Haas
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