Singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin appears here in a photograph with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. They were filming on set for the musical comedy hit Blues Bothers. The film was released in 1980 and has ever since then considered a comedy classic. What made the film so great was not only the humor, but […]Read more "Aretha Franklin on The Set of Blues Brothers"
Onna-bugeisha refers to a warrior nobility class of women who would fight along Samurai men in battle. This photograph which has been colorized and shows an onna-bugeisha in full battle armor. Japan was a warrior culture similar to that of Dahomey or Sparta. Such warrior based societies believed that everyone should be willing to fight […]Read more "Onna-bugeisha Portrait (1800s)"
The Veit Cong had women fight in combat and it was not unusual that some women would fight for the South Vietnamese government. Ho Thi Que was a combat soldier who fought in the 44th South Vietnamese Ranger Battalion. This photograph shows her being given a US Presidential citation for her unit in a ceremony […]Read more "Ho Thi Que Being Given A US Presidential Citation in South Vietnam (1965)"
This is a photograph taken in 1910 showing Tanzanian women caring for their children. At the time the African country was called Tanganyika and was under German colonial rule. The fascinating aspect about this photograph was that the women appeared in their traditional dress. Many times when Europeans invaded African or Asian lands they forced […]Read more "Tanzanian Women With Their Children (1910)"
While many men are remembered in the freedom struggle against white domination and racism , women were often left out of the historical narrative. Winnie Mandela kept up the struggle against the Apartheid regime, while her husband was imprisoned. Rosa Parks was a major figure in the US Civil Rights Movement against the segregation system. […]Read more "Winnie Mandela Meets Rosa Parks (1990)"
This illustration depicts Queen Nzinga negotiating with the Portuguese governor of Luanda. Joao Corria de Sousa thought that Ndongo and Matamba ( modern day Angola ) could be easily conquered. Queen Nzinga would not allow or tolerate Portuguese aggression. Before she became Queen she was involved in peace negotiations attempting to solve the Portuguese problem by […]Read more "Queen Nzinga Negotiating With Joao Corria de Sousa (1622)"
Angela Davis an activist, author, educator, and a leader of the Communist Party USA was a guest of East Germany in 1972. She was also collaborating with the Black Panther Party for the sake of African American freedom struggle. Davis was a supporter of the Eastern block nations. She came to East Germany getting a […]Read more "Angela Davis Meets Erich Honecker (1972)"