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The 1920s Women Who Fought For the Right to Travel Under Their Own Names
Being listed as "and wife" in a joint passport was just not going to fly.
March 27, 2017
La Paz, Bolivia
The celebrity luchadores of La Paz are tough ladies in traditional petticoats and braids.
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When Batgirl Saved the Day and Demanded Equal Pay
"Holy act of Congress!"
March 08, 2017
Lady Jane Franklin, the Woman Who Fueled 19th-Century Polar Exploration
Determined and dedicated to the sciences, she dispatched many a vessel to the Arctic.
February 23, 2017
Remembering Nüshu, the 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write
This gender-specific practice continues to fade with time.
February 16, 2017
The Improbable Life of the Inventor of the Modern Bra
She was also a pioneering publisher and, later, a princess.
February 15, 2017
Marie Duval, the Pioneering 19th-Century Cartoonist That History Forgot
She's responsible for developing the world of Ally Sloper, one of England's most iconic comic characters.
February 01, 2017
Our Lady of the Rockies
High in the Rockies the third largest statue in the U.S. opens her welcoming arms, and lights up the night sky.
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The Forgotten 'China Girls' Hidden at the Beginning of Old Films
Used as quality control, these haunting images were never meant to be public.
January 30, 2017
How We Forgot the Bobbed Haired Bandit
In the 1920s, the armed robber Celia Cooney unintentionally became a symbol for the women's movement.
January 26, 2017
The Female Space Sculptor Who Designed the Earliest Space and Aviation Helmets
Alice King Chatham's name is attached to some of the world's most pivotal aviation and space experiments.
January 18, 2017
Grace Hopper's Bug
A computer bug so primitive it was an actual insect.
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In 1912, Thousands of Women Rallied Against 'Useless' Christmas Giving
Members of The Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving were known as Spugs.
December 15, 2016
The Famous Actress Who Loved Playing A Rooster
Maude Adams was known for being Peter Pan, but her favorite role was that of a preening French rooster.
December 06, 2016
Read the Original Pitch for Thanksgiving, From the Editress Who Created the Holiday
Sarah Josepha Hale imagined a day of Christian celebration.
November 23, 2016
New Washoe City, Nevada
Historic home to one of the most famous women pioneers of the 19th century.
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The 1920s ‘Circus Girl’ Who Fought Sexism—With Tigers
Animal trainer Mabel Stark challenged expectations about women in entertainment.
November 23, 2016
The Legendary Chinese Poison Made by Forcing Snakes, Scorpions, and Centipedes to Fight
"Gu" was a mythological substance born from fear, with a dramatic backstory.
November 11, 2016
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