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Meet Two Manet Models Behind Olympia

Meet Two Manet Models Behind Olympia

Two Manet Models will spend eternity together on the canvas of Olympia, one of Édouard Manet’s most famous paintings. In Read More>...

Female Moses Harriett Tubman Led Civil War Raid

Female Moses Harriett Tubman Led Civil War Raid

Female Moses, Harriett Tubman was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil war. With Colonel James Montgomery in the 1863 raid she helped lead more than 750 slaves to freedom.

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Lucky Victorian Pigs Brought Prosperity

Lucky Victorian Pigs Brought Prosperity

The popularity of Lucky Victorian Pigs blossomed in the 1800s. As symbols of good luck in a New Year, they Read More>...

Charles Dickens Spread Christmas Carol Spirit

Charles Dickens Spread Christmas Carol Spirit

Christmas wasn’t always the best of times. Thankfully it underwent a joyful revival during the mid-1800s. Charles Dickens spread A Read More>...

Indian Warrior Queen Battled British Rule

Indian Warrior Queen Battled British Rule

The Indian Warrior Queen fought for her country’s independence from British rule in the mid 1800s. The Rani of Jhansi Read More>...

Sissieretta Jones Graced Carnegie Hall

Sissieretta Jones Graced Carnegie Hall

Sissieretta Jones was considered one of the greatest operatic sopranos of her time. She performed across Europe, Africa, India and Read More>...

Practical Hints Encouraged Lone Lady Travelers

Practical Hints Encouraged Lone Lady Travelers

Increasing numbers of women planned trips—without male escorts. In the late 19th century, these lone lady travelers were still considered Read More>...

Kate Warne Became First Female Pinkerton Detective

Kate Warne Became First Female Pinkerton Detective

Women had proven their mettle as spies for centuries. So when a 23-year-old widow named Kate Warne responded to an Read More>...

Victorian Strongwomen Reshaped Body Images

Victorian Strongwomen Reshaped Body Images

They were heavy lifters of the changing female body image. Women were still discouraged from any exercise that could build Read More>...

Pie Girl Dinner Humbled Powerful Men

Pie Girl Dinner Humbled Powerful Men

The Scandalous Pie Girl Dinner of 1895 is not a dusty history lesson. Rather, it was a lesson never learned. Read More>...

Jean Paleologue Posters Shaped Modern Advertising

Jean Paleologue Posters Shaped Modern Advertising

It was an era of monumental change. Life was moving faster each day. Bicycles promised new freedoms. Automobiles promised even Read More>...

Early Tennis Fashion Did Not Stop First Female Wimbledon Winner

Early Tennis Fashion Did Not Stop First Female Wimbledon Winner

Cyclists were still fighting for the right to wear bloomers. The concept of “rational dress” for female athletes remained fertile Read More>...

Doctors Triggered Victorian Bicycle Face Hysteria

Doctors Triggered Victorian Bicycle Face Hysteria

Bicycles meant improved health and independence, particularly for women in the late 1800s. But “wheeling” came at a high price Read More>...

Charles Courtney Curran Portrayed Daring Women Perched On Mountain Ledges

Charles Courtney Curran Portrayed Daring Women Perched On Mountain Ledges

He was an enormously prolific and successful painter for nearly five decades beginning in the i880s. Charles Courtney Curran (13 Read More>...

Painter Elizabeth Nourse Portrayed Unflinching Social Realism

Painter Elizabeth Nourse Portrayed Unflinching Social Realism

Elizabeth Nourse defied all odds by carving out a successful full-time career as a female painter in the late 19th Read More>...

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