Bathing Beauties in the 1920s-1940s.

Evelyn Lewis competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Washington in 1922 Stunning photographs taken of beauty pageants show that nothing has changed yet everything is different. Vintage snaps from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s show smiling young women lined up in their bathing suits, standing side on with a jutted hip and one […]

Women take to Dubai’s Walls.

Graffiti is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dubai. When you stroll among the desert city’s skyscrapers or drive along its ever-changing roads, there is little street art to be seen, aside from the occasional hastily scrawled musing. But, if you meander down the alleyways of the beachside suburb […]

Medieval Housewives.

Woodcut of a woman stoking a furnace or baking bread, 1497. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images) Toni Mount, author of The Medieval Housewife and Other Women of the Middle Ages, reveals what life was like for a typical housewife in the Middle Ages. “A woman’s work is never done!” as my mother used to say in […]

The Tjanpi Women Desert Weavers of Australia.

The Tjanpi Desert Weavers Building on the traditions of using natural fibres to create objects for medicinal, ceremonial and daily use, the Tjanpi – or ‘dry grass’ – Weavers are women who come together to visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country while […]

Boudicca the Warrior Queen of the Iceni, England.

Boudicca was queen of the Iceni people of Eastern England and led a major uprising against occupying Roman forces. Boudicca was married to Prasutagus, ruler of the Iceni people of East Anglia. When the Romans conquered southern England in AD 43, they allowed Prasutagus to continue to rule. However, when Prasutagus died the Romans decided […]

Woman and Child, Pibor, South Sudan.

Pibor, South Sudan A displaced woman looks at her child, who is hiding behind her dress, in a school now occupied by internally displaced people after heavy rains and floods forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes in the town of Pibor. Photograph: Andreea Câmpeanu/Reuters Source: 20 photographs of the week | […]

The Beautiful and Charismatic Lilli Langtry.

Lillie Langtry was beautiful, smart, had wit and passion all  in one mesmerizing package. Langtry was a stage actress persuaded to go into the acting business by famed writer and poet Oscar Wilde. As her popularity grew, more people started to gravitate towards Langtry, because of her charisma and undeniable beauty. Whenever she entered the […]

Uproar over Katherine Switzer running in 1967 Boston Marathon.

A very brave Katherine Switzer made waves when she entered the Boston Marathon in 1967, at a time when women were not “supposed” to run marathons. This iconic shot shows Boston Marathon organizer Jock Semple vehemently accosting Switzer to get out of the race. According to Switzer’s own personal account of the event, Semple swiped […]

Ladies on Bikes in Chicago, circa 1895.

The women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony may have said that the bicycle did “more to emancipate women than anything else in the world”, but the road along which it travelled was a bumpy one. On 21st June 1895, the Newark Sunday Advocate ran the following article: The Unique Cycling club of Chicago is all […]

The Women of Woodstock, 1969.

The 1969 event was undoubtedly one of the most formative moments in music history, but as we’ve learned with most music festivals, they lend themselves to some pretty awesome style-spotting. Long before the concept of street style or even festival style existed, Woodstock showcased inspiring women wearing sweet bell bottoms, crop tops and knit dresses. […]