The Hatpin Peril of the early 20th century, New York.

At the turn of the 20th century, women’s style was all big hair and big hats. And to keep those big hats on that big hair, women needed big hatpins—giant needles up to 12 inches long. Headwear wasn’t the only thing changing in America, though.
For the first time, women were socializing on their own and walking the sidewalks unchaperoned. There, they encountered a new peril: street harassment. That’s when ladies started using fashion to play defense.
It all started in 1903, when Leoti Blaker, a young tourist from Kansas, was sitting on a crowded New York City stagecoach. A well-dressed fifty-something man got handsy with her, and when it became clear he wasn’t going to stop, Blaker moved to stop him herself.
“At last I reached up and took a hatpin from my hat. I slid it around so I could give him a good dig, and ran that hatpin into him with all the force I possessed,” she told The Evening World.
The needle pierced the lecher’s arm, and he scurried away.
Soon, similar accounts began popping up in newspapers around the country.
People lauded the women for taking a stand, and hatpins became symbols of female empowerment. But a spate of injurious and fatal stabbings with hatpins soon spooked the lawmakers.
By 1910, Chicago and other cities had passed laws limiting the length of hatpins.
“If women care to wear carrots and roosters on their heads, that is a matter for their own concern,” barked politician Herman J. Bauler, “but when it comes to wearing swords they must be stopped.”
Source: How the Hatpin Became a Tool of Women’s Liberation | Mental Floss

“Women can Build anything”, Rochelle, Illinois.

Image Credit: All Photographs by Deanne Fitzmaurice
Stacey Corcoran is an electrician at the Nippon Sharyo railcar manufacturing facility in Rochelle, Illinois.
Stacey has been building trains for more than 20 years.
‘To me, it’s not just a job. Doing the electrical work, it’s like putting art together. You want it to be flawless and beautiful.
I’m only 4ft 4in, I build trains, and I’m a girl. What more proof do you need?’
Source: Women at work: ‘We can build anything’ – in pictures | World news | The Guardian

Kolor Collective highlights the Struggle of Black Women in Brazil.

Kolor Collective is a Rio de Janeiro-based creative group that challenges the struggle faced by black women in Brazil through theatrical and provocative art.
It was founded in 2015 by Franco-Hungarian photographer Pol Kurucz, who often touches on his own experiences of discrimination to call out sensitive social problems.
Image Credit: Photograph by Kolor Art Collective.

Source: Kolor Collective: Rio de Janeiro’s afro-feminist fantasists – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Elizabeth Bishop, American Poet 1911-1979.

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Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was an extremely admired American poet, quite popular for her striking sense of witty and descriptive poems.
Bishop was the Poet Laureate of the United States from the year 1949 to 1950.
During her lifetime, she was honored with a Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for her 1955’s “North & South” and a National Book Award for poetry in 1970.
Additionally, she was also bestowed  with a National Book Critics Circle Award as well as two Guggenheim Fellowships and an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant.
Elizabeth_Bishop,_1934_yearbook_portraitElizabeth Bishop in 1934 at Vassar College.
The poetry of Bishop contained a remarkable finish and charming imagination.
Eventually, her works gained ultra fame and in the recent years, they have been greatly attracting readers as well as critics.
Also “Elizabeth Bishop House” is an artists’ retreat located in Great Village, Nova Scotia which is dedicated to this great poet of the 20th century.
Bishop’s short stories and poetry were first published in “The New Yorker”.
via Famous People.

Edith Cavell, Nurse and WWI Heroine.

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Born on 4 December 1865 in Norfolk, Cavell entered the nursing profession while aged 20.
Moving to Belgium she was appointed matron of the Berkendael Medical Institute in Brussels in 1907.
During her brief career in Belgium she nevertheless succeeded in modernising the standard of Belgian nursing.
With war in 1914 and the subsequent German occupation of Belgium Cavell joined the Red Cross; the Berkendael Institute was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers of all nationalities.
Many of the captured Allied soldiers who were treated at Berkendael subsequently succeeded in escaping – with Cavell’s active assistance – to neutral Holland.
Cavell was arrested on 5 August 1915 by local German authorities and charged with having personally aided in the escape of some 200 such soldiers.
Kept in solitary confinement for nine weeks the Germans successfully extracted a confession from Cavell which formed the basis of her trial.
She, along with a named Belgian accomplice Philippe Baucq, were duly pronounced guilty and sentenced to death by firing squad.
The sentence was carried out on 12 October 1915 without reference to the German high command.
Cavell’s case received significant sympathetic worldwide press coverage, most notably in Britain and the then-neutral United States.
Such coverage served to harden current popular opinion regarding supposed routine German barbarity in occupied Belgium.
via First World War.com – Who’s Who – Edith Cavell.

The Women of Woodstock, White Lake 1969.

girls-of-woodstock-1969-41 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.
girls-of-woodstock-1969-40Long before the concept of street style or even festival style existed, Woodstock showcased inspiring women wearing sweet bell bottoms, crop tops and knit dresses.

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girls-of-woodstock-1969-18Source: vintage everyday: Girls of Woodstock – The Best Beauty and Style Moments from 1969