Alice Freeman Palmer (1855-1902) was the President of Wellesley College for six years, and later the Dean of Women at the University of Chicago. She was a strong advocate for female education and co-founded the American Association of University Women.: undefined

Happy Birthday to you, Kurt Cobain <3

Mary Dilys Glynne (1895-1991) was a plant pathologist who discovered methods to prevent various fungal diseases in crops, which led to  increased agricultural yields. This proved vital for Britain in the context of World War II. She was also the first woman to climb Mount Spencer in New Zealand.: undefined

Celebrating Amazing Women on Instagram: Lilian Bader (1918-2015) was one of the first black women in the British armed forces. She served with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as  an instrument repairer and eventually reached the rank of Acting Corporal.: undefined

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To all my wonderful followers,

A while ago I asked your opinion about a move I was considering. The verdict was overwhelmingly to create an Instagram page while maintaining a Tumblr one, and as much as I would like that to happen, I discovered that my lifestyle does not allow for that anymore. I am moving to Instagram in the hope that this will allow me to continue this dear project of mine while also taking care of all the other commitments in my life, as well as introducing all these amazing women to a new, larger audience. I do hope you will follow me there, if you can.

Thank you so much for being with me every step of the way, for all your support and kind words over these five years, and for your understanding! <3

Laura Pollán (1948-2011) was a Cuban political
activist. She was the founder and leader of the dissident group Ladies in
White, a pacifist protest movement that won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of
Thought in 2005.

A literature teacher by profession, she became an activist in
2003, after the arrest of her husband and 74 others in a crackdown on
opposition known as the Black Spring in Cuba. Along with other spouses of
political prisoners, she organised peaceful marches demanding (and sometimes
obtaining) their release.

Marie Vassilieff (1884-1957)
was a Russian painter, part of the Montparnasse artistic community of Paris at
the beginning of the 20th century. She worked mostly in the Cubist

In 1908 she founded the Russian Academy in Paris, which
later bore her name. In addition to her art, she is also known for the canteen
she ran before and during World War I, providing not only very cheap meals, but
a place of gathering for the artistic community.

Above: Femme Assise, 1910

Jarena Lee (1783-1864) was the first woman authorised
to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was also the first
African American whose autobiography was published in the United States.

She worked as a maid from a very young age, and found a
religious calling so strong that she asked Richard Allen, the founder of the
Church, to preach, even though female preachers were unheard of. He allowed this
for the first time in 1819, after eight years, sparking an important Protestant
revival. She later became a travelling preacher and was known as one of the
most influential African American women of her time.

Maria Cuţarida-Crătunescu (1857-1919) was the first female doctor in
Romania. She was also the founder of the Maternal Society and of the first
creche in the country.

She trained to be
a doctor in Switzerland and France, graduating magna cum laude in 1884.
By 1891 she was the head of the gynecology department at the Filantropia
Hospital in Bucharest. A strong supporter of women’s rights, she presented her
study on the intellectual work of Romanian women at a 1900 Congress in Paris,
making the issue known across borders.

Martha Chen (b. 1956) is a social worker and scholar who
has devoted much of her career to the aid of the working poor in South Asia.
She has been a representative of Oxfam in India and Bangladesh for 15 years.

She currently teaches
Public Policy at Harvard University. Her academic work has focused on issues of
gender, poverty and employment, especially in India. She has received a number
of awards for her work, including the Padma Shri from the Indian government.