Trailblazing women of history are brought to life in colorized photographs dating back to the 1800s – from the first African American college graduate to a pioneering police commissioner
- Colourized images showcase some of history’s trailblazing women including abolitionists and suffragists
- One portrait showcased Ellen A. O’Grady who was elected to be first female police commissioner in New York
- Activist Lucy Burns – known for her work both in the UK and US – is pictured in Occoquan Workhouse
- Also pictured is Harriet Tubman in 1911 – who helped to free the slaves – and abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth pictured in 1864
Newly colourized images showcase some of history’s most trailblazing women from a pictured of slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman in 1911 to the first African American college graduate Mary Church Terrell in the late nineteenth century.
One portrait showcased Ellen A. O’Grady who was elected to be the first female police commissioner in New York, and served between 1915 and 1920.
Another featured author Zora Neale Hurston whose writings explored racial struggles in early 20th century America.
Hurston’s most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, was deemed to be one of the ‘100 most influential novels’ by the BBC.
Women’s suffrage activist Lucy Burns – known for her work both in the UK and US – is pictured in Occoquan Workhouse in the US state of Washington in cream dress.
While in another abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth pictured in 1864 in a white shawl.
Best known for partly forming the National Women’s Party, Lucy continued to organise women’s rights protests during her imprisonment and repeatedly went on hunger strike despite enduring torture at the hands of guards.
Lucy formed the National Women’s Party alongside Alice Paul who was featured in another photograph raising a glass to the party’s gold, white, and purple flag.
Abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and assisted around 70 others in doing so on the underground railroad system, is pictured in 1911 two years before her death
Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth pictured in 1864. Sojourner was a former slave who became the 19th century’s best-known African-American women’s rights activist and abolitionist
A female factory worker works on the cowling of a B-25 bomber motor during the Second World War is pictured in a newly colourized image
Politician Patsy Mink announcing the formation of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in 1994 in Washington DC
Author Zora Neale Hurston photographed in 1938. Hurston is credited helping to establish the Harlem Renaissance movement
Suffragettes parade along the streets of New York during the 1910s. It took tivists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right to vote for women in the US, which was granted in 1919
Inez Milholland pictured during a Suffrage parade in 1913. The leading American Suffragist was famous for leading the dramatic advancement on horseback during Woodrow Wilson’s inaugaration
Female tennis player Elisabeth ‘Bessie’ Holmes Moore photographed in the early 20th Century. She won the singles title at the US Championships on four occasions, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971
Mary Church Terrell, the first African-American woman to receive a college degree, pictured in the late 19th century. After graduating, she became national activist for civil rights and suffrage and taught at the country’s first African American public school
Women’s rights activist Alice Paul pictured in 1920. She was one of the co-founders of the the National Women’s Party (NWP) held round the clock demonstrations outside White House gates to demand the right to vote.
Eleanor Roosevelt pictured on a goodwill tour of the UK in November 1942. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. She played a leadership role in the League of Women Voters and the Women’s Trade Union League
One portrait showcased Ellen A. O’Grady who was elected to be the first female police commissioner in New York, and served between 1915 and 1920
Women’s rights activist Carrie Chapman Catt pictured in 1914. Catt was an American women’s suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave U.S. women the right to vote in 1920
Activist Flora Dodge ‘Fola’ La Follette (centre), and Rose Livingston (right) during a garment strike in New York City in 1913.
Women’s suffrage activist Lucy Burns – known for her work both in the UK and US – is pictured in Occoquan Workhouse in the US state of Washington in cream dress
Marian Anderson (left) and Mary McLeod Bethune (right) launching the SS Booker T. Washington – the first ship named after an African-American – in 1942
Anthropologist and women’s rights activist Dr Margaret Mead pictured in the mid 20th century in a library while sporting a striped shirt