Women have left their mark on the world, at times changing the course of history and at other times influencing small but significant spheres of life. These fearless and pioneering women you should know are just a few who made an indelible mark by being strong, brave, and human, regardless of society’s expectations for them.


Maud Wagner, the first well know female tattooist in the United States. [1907] (New Yorker)


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


Annette Kellerman posing in a swimsuit that got her arrested for indecency. [c. 1907] (reddit)


Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961] (reddit)


Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917] (reddit)


Ellen O’Neal, one of the first professional female skaters. [1976]


Elspeth Beard, during her attempt to become the first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles. [1980s]

LEAD IMAGE: Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936] (reddit)

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