Women & Women's Movements

The Women & Women's Movement Collection documents the activities of women in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Aside from images of women notables the archive contains numerous images of women's groups this includes social clubs, literary societies, temperance and abolitionist organizations and occupational groups. The women's labor, suffragette and anti-war movements are well represented. Special groups are notable such as the famous Russian shaved head soldiers- The St. Petersburg Woman Squadron of Death. Many images are unique such as the 1858 ambrotype of Civil War physician and medal of Honor winner Dr. Mary Walker. Walker invented the pant suit and was a popular and controversial figure in the suffragette movement.

St. Petersburg womans Battelion
of Death 1917

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