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Susanna "Dora" Salter, born on 3/2/1860. In 1887, at age 27, she was elected Mayor of Argonia, Kansas, becoming the 1st woman mayor and the 1st woman elected to political office in the United States.

Susanna "Dora" Salter, born on 3/2/1860. In 1887, at age 27, she was elected Mayor of Argonia, Kansas, becoming the 1st woman mayor and the 1st woman elected to political office in the United States.

First woman Arctic explorer, Josephine Peary, wife of Robert Peary, was a First Lady of the Arctic, “Mother of the Snow Baby,”  and a veteran of half a dozen polar expeditions who’d outlived her husband by three decades.

First woman Arctic explorer, Josephine Peary, wife of Robert Peary, was a First Lady of the Arctic, “Mother of the Snow Baby,” and a veteran of half a dozen polar expeditions who’d outlived her husband by three decades.

'Uncle Tom's Cabin' author Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose anti-slavery writing inflamed sectional tension before the Civil War.

'Uncle Tom's Cabin' author Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose anti-slavery writing inflamed sectional tension before the Civil War.

WINDSHIELD WIPERS       Drivers were skeptical when Mary Anderson invented the first manual windshield wipers in 1903. They thought it was safer to drive with rain and snow obscuring the road than to pull a lever to clear it. (Another woman inventor, Charlotte Bridgwood, invented an automatic version with an electric roller in 1917. It didn't take off, either.) But by the time Anderson's patent expired in 1920, windshield wipers were cleaning up. Cadillac was the first to include them in…

WINDSHIELD WIPERS Drivers were skeptical when Mary Anderson invented the first manual windshield wipers in 1903. They thought it was safer to drive with rain and snow obscuring the road than to pull a lever to clear it. (Another woman inventor, Charlotte Bridgwood, invented an automatic version with an electric roller in 1917. It didn't take off, either.) But by the time Anderson's patent expired in 1920, windshield wipers were cleaning up. Cadillac was the first to include them in…

Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female physician in the United States in 1849.

Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female physician in the United States in 1849.

collections.mohistory.org  Phoebe Couzins was born in STL in 1842. She blazed trails for women as the 3rd female law graduate in the U.S., the first female U.S. Marshall, the first female to address a presidential nominating convention and the first woman to pass the bar in Utah, Arkansas, the Dakotas and the federal courts.  collections.mohistory.org

collections.mohistory.org Phoebe Couzins was born in STL in 1842. She blazed trails for women as the 3rd female law graduate in the U.S., the first female U.S. Marshall, the first female to address a presidential nominating convention and the first woman to pass the bar in Utah, Arkansas, the Dakotas and the federal courts. collections.mohistory.org

VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY: Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan (emerged before Samurai)

VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY: Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan (emerged before Samurai)

Pearl Louella Kendrick (August 24, 1890 – October 8, 1980) was an American bacteriologist. Kendrick is known for co-developing the first vaccine for whooping cough. She also contributed to the promotion of international vaccine standards.

Pearl Louella Kendrick (August 24, 1890 – October 8, 1980) was an American bacteriologist. Kendrick is known for co-developing the first vaccine for whooping cough. She also contributed to the promotion of international vaccine standards.

Aiding in the abolition of slavery is Harriett Beecher Stowe's, Uncle Tom's Cabin. According to legend, Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 by saying "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great [Civil] war." Truly one of history's finest depiction of American slavery.

Aiding in the abolition of slavery is Harriett Beecher Stowe's, Uncle Tom's Cabin. According to legend, Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 by saying "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great [Civil] war." Truly one of history's finest depiction of American slavery.

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president in the U.S. in 1872--BEFORE women could even vote.

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president in the U.S. in 1872--BEFORE women could even vote.

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