Women are more than mothers, sisters, and daughters. They’re butt-kicking, history-changing, challenge-accepting dynamos that have made the world a better place for all of us to live. If you needed a reminder of just how amazing women are and have been throughout our history, take a look at the pictures below.
1. In 1967, Katherine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. As you can see, the race organizer was none too happy about it.
2. French mothers shielding their children from gunfire in 1944.
3. Some of the first females to join the U.S. Marine Corps. swear in during a 1918 ceremony.
4. Maud Wagner, the first female tattooist, in 1907.
5. “Winnie the Welder” working in a shipyard in 1943.
6. Female pilots during World War II.
7. Annette Kellerman posing in the swimsuit that got her arrested for indecency in 1907.
8. A female samurai from the 1800’s.
9. 106-year-old Armenian woman protecting her home in 1990.
10. Ellen O’Neal, one of the first female professional skateboarders in 1976.
11. Leola N. King, America’s first female traffic cop, in 1918.
12. The first women’s basketball team in 1902.
13. American nurses in Normandy, France in 1944.
14. Female members of Hell’s Angels in 1973.
15. Margaret Bourke-White climbing on the Chrysler Building to take a photograph in 1934.
16. Women participating in a roller derby in 1950.
17. Amelia Earhart, who became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.
18. Afghan women studying medicine in 1962.
19. Women boxing on a Los Angeles rooftop in 1933.
20. Women’s Liberation Coalition marching for equal pay in 1970.
21. Female railroad workers eating their lunches in 1943.
22. Turkish aviator Sabiha Gökçen in the plane that she used to become the first female fighter pilot in 1937.
23. Muslim woman protects a Jewish woman by covering her gold star in Sarajevo during World War II.
24. Jeanne Manford marching with her song during the 1972 New York City Gay Pride Parade.
25. Gertrude Ederle after becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926.
26. Female volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor (1941-1945)
27. A captured Soviet soldier is given water by a Ukrainian woman after being captured. (1941)
28. A female mason high above Berlin. (1900)
29. Girls deliver heavy blocks of ice after male workers were conscripted (1918)
30. Anna Fisher, “the first mother in space” (1980s)
31. Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. (October 23, 1917)
32. A woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the London Blitz. (1940)
33. A woman suffrage activist protesting after “The Night of Terror.” (1917)
34. The iconic photo of a concerned pea-picker and mother of seven children during the Dust Bowl. (1936)
35. 18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris. (19 August 1944)
36. A Los Angeles Police Officer looks after an abandoned baby in the drawer of her desk. (1971)
37. A female Lockheed employee working on a P-38 Lightning (Burbank, California, 1944)
38. Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus (December 1, 1955)