We bring you these powerful images of women in world history put together by our friends at Huffington Post.
Anne Hutchinson On Trial, Circa 1637
Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) was a reformer in the Massachusetts Bay Colony who accused Puritan ministers of making salvation dependent on good works rather than divine grace. She alleged that God communicated directly to her — an allegation that resulted in her being put on trial, convicted for blasphemy and banished from the colony. In challenging the religious hierarchy, Hutchinson also challenged traditional gender roles.
Mary Mitchell Slessor (1848 – 1915) was a Scottish missionary to Nigeria. Her work and strong personality allowed her to be trusted and accepted by the locals while spreading Christianity and promoting women’s rights. She successfully waged war against native practices like the killing of twins and advocated for women’s rights and education.
Harriet Tubman, circa 1890
Harriet Tubman (c1820-1913) was a former slave and “conductor” of the Underground Railroad who helped escort over 300 slaves to freedom.
Susan B. Anthony, 1900
Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906) was an early leader in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and co-founder of the National Woman Suffrage Association. She played a pivotal role in women gaining the right to vote.
Tess Billington, 1906
Tess Billington, a British suffragette, during a protest at the House of Commons.
Emmeline Parkhurst, 1914
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 – 1928), a British suffragette, is arrested during a protest outside Buckingham Palace.
Four women at a convention of former slaves, Washington D.C., circa 1916
The women pictured are Annie Parram, 104, Anna Angales, 105, Elizabeth Berkeley, 125 and Sadie Thompson, 110. According to a Washington Post article, the 1916 convention was the fifty-fourth gathering of former slaves and ran from October 22nd to November 6th. President Wilson is listed among the invited speakers.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, circa 1925
Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946) was an American expatriate writer, famous both for her avante-garde prose and for her Parisian salons. She is photographed here with her partner Alice B Toklas (1877 – 1967).
Suffragettes in London march to protest the first arrest of a suffragette.
Margaret Sanger, 1920s
Margaret Sanger (1879 – 1966) was an early advocate of legalizing birth control. She was the founder of the first North American family planning center and was instrumental in the genesis of the first oral contraceptive, or “Magic Pill.”Amelia Earhart, 1928
Amelia Earhart (1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviator and the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. She disappeared during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937.Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933
Gloria Steinem (b. 1934) is a journalist, activist and feminist icon. She was a leader of the feminist movement of the late 1960s and 1970s and co-founded Ms. Magazine.
Hillary Clinton, 2008
In her 2008 candidacy for President, Hillary Clinton (born 1947 ) In the won more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in history, though she ended up losing the primary to now-President Barack Obama. She went on to become Secretary of State.
Oprah Winfrey, 2011
Oprah Winfrey (b. 1954 ) , media mogul tapes the finale of her groundbreaking, record shattering talkshow, The Oprah Winfrey Show which ended in 2011 after 25 years as the number one talk show on TV from its first episode in 1986.