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Harriet Tubman, slave, abolitionist, spy and 1st woman to lead an armed expedition during war. Born into slavery, she was beaten, 'hired out' and suffered seizures from being hit by a heavy weight. After escaping, she later made ~19 trips to rescue a total of over 300 slaves, sometimes using the Underground Railroad. Called 'Black Moses', she carried a gun and threatened to shoot any slave who would turn back. She was a Union spy during the Civil War and struggled for women's suffrage.

Harriet Tubman - An American woman who escaped from slavery in the South to become a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War. She led hundreds of slaves to freedom in the North along the route of the Underground Railroad.

Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870.She was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy, and following graduation she became director of a school for the mentally disabled in Rome.While at this school she formulated her methods for the education of very young children. She achieved startling results and the children under her tutelage passed many exams given to normal children.Her system of education,proudly bears her name today.

"Maria Montessori was born in Italy in Dr. Montessori was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. She achieved startling results and the children under her tutelage passed many exams given to normal children.

Elizabeth Thorn | Her obituaries say merely that she witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg. ... They did not report how she did her duty in the aftermath of the battle. Working almost entirely without help, in the heat and storms of that July, among the rotting corpses of men and horses, she dug graves in the rocky soil and buried over one hundred soldiers.

The Angel of Gettysburg: Elizabeth Thorn: 1863

Elizabeth Thorn witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg. They did not report how she did her duty in the aftermath of the battle and dug graves in the rocky soil and buried over one hundred soldiers.

During World War II, Irena Sendler saved 2500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

During World War II, Irena Sendler saved 2500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto. A Righteous Gentile.

“Stagecoach” Mary Fields (c. 1832-1914) was born a slave in Tennessee and following the Civil War, she moved to the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana. In 1895, when she was around 60 years old, Fields became the second woman and first African American carrier for the US Postal Service. Despite her age, she never missed a day of work in the ten years she carried the mail and earned the nickname “Stagecoach” for her reliability.

Mary Fields, c. Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary (c. was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United and just the second American woman to work for the United States Postal Service.

Dr. Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes (1890–1980) was the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in math, and she taught math in Washington, D.C., for 47 years.

34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World Dr. Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes was the first African-American woman to receive a Ph. in math, and she taught math in Washington, D., for 47 years.

Ellen Swallow Richards - the foremost female industrial & environmental chemist in the 19th-century US, pioneering the field of home economics. She was the first woman admitted to MIT & its first female instructor; the first woman in the US accepted to any school of science or Technology, & the first American woman with a degree in chemistry.

Ellen Swallow Richards - the foremost female industrial & environmental chemist in the US, pioneering the field of home economics.

Boudicca, Celtic warrior queen, led a major uprising that nearly caused the Romans to retreat from what is now England. She rode into battle on a chariot with her grown daughters fighting at her side.

Boudicca, Celtic warrior queen, lead a major uprising that nearly caused the Romans to retreat from what is now England. She rode into battle on a chariot with her grown daughters fighting at her side. She is called the Celtic Queen

Mrs. Patrick Conway seems to have been the only woman jailer (especially one not specifically in charge of a women's prison) in the country as of December 1921; she was jailer at the Tom Green County Jail for more than a dozen years. She personally cooked the prisoners' meals and was known to use physical force to protect herself from the inmates and to maintain order.

Patrick Conway December she was jailer at the Tom Green County Jail for more than a dozen years.

On November 16, 1776, Fort Washington was attacked by the British. John Corbin, an artilleryman, was in charge of firing a small cannon at the top of a ridge. During an assault by the Hessians, John was killed, leaving his cannon unmanned. His wife Margaret, after witnessing his death, immediately took his place at the cannon. She fired away until her arm, chest, and jaw were hit by enemy fire. The British won the Battle, and Margret, was treated as a wounded soldier & paroled.

Fort Washington was attacked by the British on November John Corbin…

Members of the Watford Womens Home Defense Unit practice their aim on the rifle range, as other members wait their turn to shoot in 1942 (left). This unit was composed mainly of business and professional women who took the rifle instruction during their leisure time.

28 Badass Historic Pictures Of Women During WWII

Members of the Watford Womens Home Defense Unit practice their aim on the rifle range, as other members wait their turn to shoot in 1942 (left). This unit was composed mainly of business and professional women who took the rifle instruction during their l

For more than 60 years, the heroism of Noor Inayat Khan, one of Winston Churchill's elite Special Operations Executive secret agents, has remained largely forgotten. She was the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France, where her bravery has long been recognized, and for three months she single-handedly ran a cell of spies across Paris until she was betrayed and captured.  For ten months she was tortured by the Gestapo desperate for any information about SOE operations…

For more than 60 years, the heroism of Noor Inayat Khan, one of Winston…

Hanna Reitsch, the only woman awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge in Gold with Diamonds during World War II. She set over forty aviation altitude and endurance records during her career, both before and after World War II, and several of her international gliding records still stand in 2012

Hanna Reitsch, the only woman awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge

Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, Lady Penrose (1907 – 1977) was an American photographer. In her early career she was a successful fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris where she became an established fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War, she became an acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue magazine covering events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau.

Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, Lady Penrose – was an American photographer. In her early career she was a successful fashion model in New York City in the before going to Paris where she became an established fashion and fine art.

Roza Georgiyevna Shanina 1944  Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with 54 confirmed kills.  Praised for her shooting accuracy, Shanina was capable of firing precise semi-automatic shots on moving enemy targets.She volunteered to serve as a marksman on the front line.

Smart, beautiful and deadly, 19 year old Russian sniper Roza Shanina had 54 confirmed kills Shanina in November wearing a male-issue wool field shirt and woollen skirt.

Adah Isaacs Menken, once called “the most dangerous woman in the world” just before the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Adah Isaacs Menken, once called “the most dangerous woman in the world” just before the outbreak of the American Civil War. Arguably, one of the first Jewish American superstars.