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April 9, 2014

Rule Breakers and Heartachers:  Our fore-sisters
A brief look at 100 years of American Women's' Achievements

Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, the first
female doctor in the U.S., 1849

Young ladies playing cards, wearing
their brothers' top hats

Two rebellious young cyclists, 1890

Introduction of the motorized scooter - the first Biker Chick!

Girl in Green (1899) by Sara Hayden, 1880-1955

Grace Mutell With a Fire Opal, 1899 by 
Laura Coombs Hills, 1859-1952

1902 mail order bathing costume ad:

Bathing costumes for women 

In 1907, Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman was arrested
on Boston beach for wearing a short, one-piece swimsuit.

Esther Cleveland, right, daughter of Grover Cleveland, the
only presidential child born in the White House, c1916

American Suffragette Movement
On Sept. 6, 1870, Louisa Ann Swaim was the first woman in the
U.S. to vote in a general election in Laramie, Wyoming Territory.  

Over the next 50 years women campaigned
unceasingly for the right to vote.


At public suffragette demonstrations women were
regularly arrested for disturbing the peace:

It wasn't until 1920 that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution
was enacted, granting women the right to vote in every State.

The first appearance of women in trousers:

Americans in Paris, 1910

Barely 10 years after the debut of slacks,
these beauties wore brief swim suits:
Fashion Era

Jersey Shore, New Jersey, 1924

And while some women chose to flaunt their disdain of Society's
views of their wardrobes, others quietly went about the business of
fulfilling their  irrepressible dreams.

Amelia Mary Earhart, b 1897, disappeared over the
Howland Islands in 1937 in her solitude attempt to
solo around the world.

World War I and World War II 
During times of war women perform jobs
that are traditionally filled by men.

Female railroad workers, Paris, 1917

Philadelphia, 1940

Women Wipers, 1943

Life Magazine
A pilot of the U.S. Women's Air Force
Service at Avenger Field, Texas, 1943

Once our fore-sisters wrestled open the doors
we've refused to be corralled back into the barn.

Let our conduct and achievements be worthy of their efforts.

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