- National Geographic’s powerful photography collection is highlighting women all over the world through photos drawn from the infamous National Geographic archive.
- Here are 13 portraits that capture women’s strength and perseverance throughout the decades.
Excerpted from “Women: The National Geographic Image Collection” by National Geographic and Susan Goldberg with permission from National Geographic. Copyright 2019.
National Geographic’s new book “Women: The National Geographic Image Collection” celebrates the lives of women from around the globe.
The book comes on the heels of the 100th anniversary of the US constitutional amendment confirming women’s right to vote and spotlights the bold women who have been trailblazers and luminaries in their own communities.
1890s: Journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells rallied against injustices faced by people of colour until her death in 1931.
Chicago Historical Society, 1890s
1900s: An Ouled Nail woman in Algeria displays her dowry of gold coins.
Source: Lehnert & Landrock, 1905
1910s: Three Japanese women dressed in traditional kimonos pose behind cherry blossoms.
Source: Eliza R. Scidmore, 1918
1920s: Roller skaters stop traffic as they take to the streets in Washington, D.C.
Source: Fred Schutz, 1929
1930s: A group of colourful dancers perform at the Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus.
Source: J. Baylor Roberts, 1937
1940s: Travellers find fields of wildflowers in bloom along Route 99 in the San Joaquin Valley, California.
Source: B. Anthony Stewart, 1942
1950s: A woman walks her dachshund along the Copacabana Promenade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Source: Charles Allmon, 1955
1960s: A Tahitian woman stands in profile.
Source: Luis Marden, 1962
1970s: A woman walks across a footpath in Toronto, Canada.
Source: Sam Abell, 1978
1980s: Two women take a break to share a laugh while working in the rice paddies in Honshu, Japan.
Source: Paul Chesley, 1981
1990s: Veiled actress Benedetta Buccellato performs as la Corifea, the female protagonist in Prometheus Bound, at the Greek Theatre of Syracuse in Sicily.
Source: William Albert Allard, 1994
2000s: A woman in Florence, Italy, takes a moment to herself to read a greeting card designed as a newspaper.
Source: Jodi Cobb, 2005
2010s: Members of the Palmer Society, a campus women’s organisation, enjoy graduation day at Whittier College, one of the most diverse universities in the United States.
Source: Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky, 2017