Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

25 Of History’s Most Rebellious Women… #17 Is Why The World Owes Toronto A HUGE ‘Thank You.’

Women have always had it tough. Throughout the centuries, women have had to fight against oppression and inequality while trying to weave their way through a patriarchal societies that were basically designed to keep them quiet, uneducated, and locked away in a kitchen. Even today in our "progressive" society, women are forced to deal with rampant sexism, agism, and a pay gap that is decreasing way too slowly. But as the saying goes: When the going got tough, the tough got going. As it turns out, women throughout history have been tough as hell.

This list is made up of 25 women who figured out a way to empower themselves during decades when empowerment was not on the radar for women. Some of them were famous, and others were just everyday women who happened to really like to work hard, promote change, and make a difference. Seeing their photos is truly inspiring: There's just something so badass about the women in #14.

#1. Female firefighters putting in work at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Female firefighters putting in work at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

#2. A portrait of Harriet Tubman during her last years.

A portrait of Harriet Tubman during her last years.

#3. Amazons of the Caucasus in Western Armenia.

#4. Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration for the "Rosie the Riveter" poster.

Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration for the "Rosie the Riveter" poster.

#5. Women of the Red Cross arriving on Normandy Beach to help injured troops in 1944.

Women of the Red Cross arriving on Normandy Beach to help injured troops in 1944.

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