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Lucy Stone. 1st woman in America to keep her last name upon marriage, 1st Massachusets woman to graduate college, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands (the nerve).

Learn about Lucy Stone: Abolitionist and Women's Rights Reformer

woman in America to keep her last name upon marriage and Massachusets woman to graduate college

Qiu Jin wore masculine attire before the Qing Dynasty and system of imperial rule fell (in other words, during a time when traditional Confucian values about women’s proper place were still dominant). She made war with the emperor and was beheaded. She’s touted as China’s first feminist…but perhaps we could even say she’s proto-genderqueer? I snagged this photo from the wonderful book Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905–1948 by Yan Haiping.

Feminist and revolutionary Qiu Jin was born in 1875 in China. She was vocal about women's rights and pressed for better access to education for women.

KICK-ASS WOMEN: Lucy Stone - determined that men were reading the Bible in a way to suppress women, she worked her way through school to learn Greek and Latin to prove them wrong. Kept her last name, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands.

Lucy Stone – determined that men were reading the Bible in a way to suppress women, she worked her way through school to learn Greek and Latin to prove them wrong. Kept her last name, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked

Fashion Over 40-What I Wore

Fashion Over 40-What I Wore

Dr. Dorothy Height (1912-2010), civil rights and women's rights activist. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Dr Dorothy Height civil rights and women's rights activist. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in and the Congressional Gold Medal in

Aded Glory Faux Leather Moto Jacket Women 8/10 Black Faded Glory quilted shoulder motorcycle faux leather women's jacket size 8/10.  Beautiful and sexy jacket!  On the back shoulder on one side there is some minor cracking from where I wore purses.  Shown in picture, but not noticeable unless someone is right up close to you. Faded Glory Jackets & Coats

Aded Glory Faux Leather Moto Jacket Women 8/10

Aded Glory Faux Leather Moto Jacket Women 8/10 Black Faded Glory quilted shoulder motorcycle faux leather women's jacket size 8/10. Beautiful and sexy jacket! On the back shoulder on one side there is some minor cracking from where I wore purses. Shown in picture, but not noticeable unless someone is right up close to you. Faded Glory Jackets & Coats

Meet "Contrary Mary"... surgeon, abolitionist, outspoken advocate for women's rights, dress reformist (she wore pants), all-around character and badass.

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker: The Woman Who Refused To Give Up

Mary Edwards Walker - doctor, abolitionist, dress-reformer, Civil War military surgeon, and first woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor

Mary Walker, a woman who sought equality for women. She was a surgeon, and she wore pants– when it was illegal to do so. She was proud of her arrest for this; she wanted the right for women to wear pants. She won the congressional medal of Honor when she never even had the right to vote!

Mary Edwards Walker, one of the nation’s million women veterans, was the only woman to earn the Medal of Honor, for her service during the Civil War.

Can't you just see this in a 1950s MGM feature? Two-piece day dress, ca. 1897. Maroon silk satin with plain-woven stripes of thin white & black stripes lined with tan cotton. Closely fitted, with boned seams & darts. Skirt has very narrow pleats every few inches for ease of movement; pocket in rear right seam. emuseum of the Connecticut Historical Society 1945.1.1115ab

Maroon silk satin with plain-woven stripes of thin white & black stripes lined with tan cotton. Closely fitted, with boned seams & darts. emuseum of the Connecticut Historical SocietySource. Very Tim Burton esque in my opinion.

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