The postcard titled ” Advice To Engaged Girls” mocks women active in the Indian club exercise fad in the early 1900s. The physical culture movement emerged in the US, UK, and Germany during the 19th century which emphasized the importance of exercise for health. This continued into the 20th century and can be the foundation […]Read more "Woman Using Indian Clubs Postcard (1910)"
The Suffragette newspaper was produced by the Women’s Social and Political Union. This was the most prominent women’s suffrage organization in the British Empire. This issue was devoted to the memory of Emily Wilding Davison. Here Davison is shown as an angel with spectators looking on. Above her head reads a phrase “love overcometh. ” […]Read more "The Suffragette Newspaper in Memory of Emily Wilding Davison (1913)"
Ellen Sirleaf had previously fled Liberia fearing political persecution from the Samuel K. Doe government. The 1980 coup brought a military government to power, which became more repressive. Sirleaf served as Minister of Finance under the Tolbert administration, but became a critic of the regime. Taking refuge in the US, she would later return to […]Read more "Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Addresses Supporters (1986)"
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first woman to be elected head of government in the world. She was first elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 1960. The stamp of her commemorates the fifth Non-Alignment Movement summit conference in 1976. Sirimavo was chosen as the chairwoman of the Non-Alignment Movement that same year. Her […]Read more "Sirimavo Bandaranaike Stamp (1976)"
Soong Mei-ling was responsible for efforts in cementing the US-China relationship during World War II. She gave speeches and lobbied the US for support in the war against the Japanese Empire. The poster above is advertising her speech to Wellesley College in 1943. China was an important ally to the US during World War II. […]Read more "Soong Mei-Ling Wellesley College Speech Poster (1943)"
Shirley Chisholm become the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Jet provided coverage of her campaign in 1972. She was also the first woman to participate in a United States presidential debate. During this period in American history, there was much political turbulence. The Vietnam War, civil rights movement, women’s rights movement, […]Read more "Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Campaign Coverage in Jet Magazine (1972)"
Coretta Scott King appears at the signing of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day bill. Ever since the loss of her husband she worked hard to make it a federal holiday. An activist in her own right she was a supporter of women ‘s rights, the gay rights movement, and was dedicated to anti-war causes. […]Read more "Coretta Scott King Attends the Signing of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Bill (1983)"
The Tasmanians during the 19th century saw a radical change to their way of life. European colonization and invasion threatened their survival. The British were adding additions to their empire and Tasmania was to become part of it. The Aboriginal Tasmanians had a long history dating going back 30,000 years. Taming the land and establishing […]Read more "Truganini (1812-1876) One Of The Last Full Blooded Tasmanians"
Golda Meir when she was foreign minister of Israel made a visit to the United States. President John F. Kennedy took a different approach to Israel than previous administrations. Arms embargoes were to be lifted and a new military alliance was to be formed. This would have large consequences in both the later half of […]Read more "John F. Kennedy Meets With Golda Meir(1962)"
This was a photograph taken by Lewis Hine. His photography of child laborers brought attention to the American public of the economic exploitation of young people. The girl was a spinner in a North Carolina cotton manufacturing company. Even in the 1900s, the South was still economically dependent on agriculture. Labor exploitation came in the […]Read more "Child Laborer in a Cotton Manufacturing Company"