Left: Photograph of a samurai warrior. [c. late 1800s] Right: Maud Wagner, the first well know female tattooist in the United States. [1907]

To say that Power is evident in many forms it state the obvious, but the following images taken from this selection of 52 images of women through the years who have defied expectations and societal norms to fight for, engage in, and advance the things that are important to them is really just that - Powerful. Oh and some are just plain, badass. 

Elspeth Beard, during her attempt to become the first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. [1980s]

Above: A Muslim woman uses her veil to hide hide the yellow star of her Jewish neighbour to protect her from persecution. Yugoslavia  1941
Below: Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor 1941 - 1945 

 Above: Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her. [1967] Below: Women boxing on a roof in LA. [1933] 

Afghan Medical Students 1962
Voting Activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock City Jail. 1961

A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985] 

Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936]

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