33 Iconic Images Of Women In History (PHOTOS)

33 Iconic Images Of Women In History (PHOTOS)

By Idoreyin Sampson | Sub-Editor on March 8, 2014
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey

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 Slessor, 1876
Mary Slessor The Trent

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, 1913
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

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt ad the longest serving First Lady in U.S. history. During her time as First Lady, she broke precedent by giving speeches and writing a newspaper column. After FDR’s death, she championed human and women’s rights.
Hattie McDaniel, circa 1940
Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award when she took the Best Supporting Actress statuette home for her portrayal of Mammy in Gone With The Wind.
Rosie the Riveter, 1942
Rosie the Riveter is a fictional icon created during World War II and meant to represent the women who took over factory work — typically a male domain — while men were fighting overseas.
Rosalind Franklin, 1950s
Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958) was a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who was instrumental in the discovery of DNA.
Rosa Parks, 1955
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was an American Civil Rights activist, most famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.
Ruby Bridges, 1960
Ruby Bridges (born 1954) was the first African American child to desegregate an elementary school when she walked into William Frantz Elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1960.
Wilma Rudolph, 1960
Wilma Rudolph (1940 – 1994) was an American runner and Olympian. She became the first American woman to win three Gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
Rachel Carson, 1962
Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964) was a biologist, ecologist and writer. She authored Silent Spring which examined the effects of pesticides on the environment. She is credited with helping to launch the environmental movement.
Betty Friedan, 1970
Betty Friedan (1921 – 2006) was a leader in the second-wave feminist movement. She authored The Feminine Mystique in 1963 and founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966.
Women’s Liberation Demonstration, 1970
The Third World Women’s Alliance was formed to highlight the problems faced by women of color, particularly the destructive connection between race, sex and exploitation.
Gloria Steinem, 1972
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.
Billie Jean King, 1973
Billie Jean King (b. 1943) ranked number one in the world in women’s tennis for five years, wining six Wimbledon championships and four U.S. opens. She is perhaps most glorified for beating Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” in 9173.
Julia Child, 1978
Julia Child (1912 – 2004) was a chef, cookbook author and television host. She pioneered cooking shows on TV and brought French cooking into American kitchens.
Sandra Day O’Connor, 1981
When Sandra Day O’Connor (b. 1930) was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, she became the first female Justice. She served on the Court until 2006.
Maya Lin , 1981
Maya Lin (born 1959) is an architect and artist, best-known for designing the Vietnam Memorial after she won a national competition at just 21.
Sally Ride, 1983
Sally Ride (1951 – 2012) was an astronaut and broke barriers in 1983 when she became the first American woman to fly in space.
Maya Angelou, 1993
Maya Angelou (born 1928) is a poet and author. She recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.
Ellen Degeneres, 1997
When Ellen Degeneres (born 1958) came out to TIME Magazine in 1997, she made history by becoming the first openly gay star on TV.
Madeleine Albright, 1999
Madeleine Albright (born 1937) became the first female Secretary of State when she joined the Clinton administration in 1997.
Condoleeza Rice, 2008
Condoleeza Rice (born 1954) served as the first female National Security Advisor and then the first African American woman Secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration.

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

May 2011 (Photo Credit: Barry Brecheisen/WireImage.com )
May 2011 (Photo Credit: Barry Brecheisen/WireImage.com )

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.


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