10 Remarkable and Rarely Seen Pictures That Bring Women's History Month to Life

"The future is female," Hillary Clinton declared on February 6 in her first video statement since President Trump's inauguration. But what about the past?


While the women's suffrage movement first began in the 1840s, women did not earn the right to vote in the United States until the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. To venerate some of these pioneers, the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently placed 300,000 imagesof public domain works in Creative Commons, many depicting the lives of American women well over a century ago. 

In honor of Women's History Month, here are 10 such images you probably haven't seen before:

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1. Two Men, One in Military Garb, and a Woman, Seated Around a Table (1860s)

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 2. A Woman and Eight Carpenters Posed Outdoors (1880s)

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3. Philadelphia Sunday Press (1895)

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4. Card 2, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 1) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes (1886) 

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5. Native American Women and Horses by Teepee in Camp (1880s-'90s)

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6. Native American Woman in Camp with Racks of Drying Meat (1880s-'90s)

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7. Miss Nan N. - Indian Festival (1900s)

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8. Regena (1912)

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9. The Spanish Gypsy (1912)

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10. This is a dear old lady (1917)

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