Did you know that Instagram can be educational? No, we don’t mean for learning the technique for perfect cat eye eyeliner (though that’s fun, too). These accounts highlight fine, fierce women and their historical contributions through the ages.

1. Rejected Princesses

“History that’s more than 2 dimensional.”

2. Weird Wonderful Women

“Dedicated to all those weird and wonderful women throughout history who dared to be different!”

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Maude E. Callen, 1898 – 1990 Maude was one of thirteen sisters born in Quincy, Florida. When she was six years old Maude lost both of her parents and was raised in the house of her uncle, a physician in Tallahassee. Maude attended the historically black Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and graduated in 1922. She later completed a nursing course and received further training at the Georgia Infirmary. Maude married William Callen and they moved to Pineville in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Berkeley County was one of the poorest areas in South Carolina at the time. Maude arrived as a missionary nurse in what was intended to be a temporary position. By 1923 she had opened her own practice which she operated from her home. Maude provided nursing and midwifery care to an area of around 400 square miles. It is estimated she delivered between 600-800 babies in her 62 years of practice. She also provided general healthcare, dietary advice, vaccinations and companionship as well as often donating food to her most desperately poor patients. There were two cars in Berkeley County and Maude drove one of them. None of the roads were paved and she frequently had to abandon her vehicle to wade through mud along dirt roads. Some of her patients lived in houses that were still lit by oil lamps and had no electricity. In 1951 Life magazine published an essay about Maude by photojournalist W. Eugene Smith. As a result, readers donated more than $20,000 to support Maude's work and in 1953 the Maude E. Callen Clinic was opened. She ran the clinic until she retired in 1971. Maude also trained young black women from the community in midwifery. She continued to volunteer at the clinic until her death by serving meals to the elderly, most of whom were younger than she was. She rejected an invitation to the Whitehouse by President Reagan, stating "You can't just call me up and ask me to be somewhere. I've got to do my job." Maude died in 1990 at 91 years old. #maudeecallen #maudecallen #midwife #midwifery #nurse #nursing #birth #healthcare #physician #babies #baby #poverty #lifemagazine #florida #southcarolina #berkeleycounty #kindness #angel #amazingwomen #womenshistory

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3. Ladies_of_history

“The women of the past.”

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Mata Hari (1876-1917) was an exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I. ________________________ At an early age, Mata Hari decided that sexuality was her ticket in life. She moved to Paris. There, she became the mistress of a French diplomat who helped her hatch the idea of supporting herself as a dancer. In one memorable garden performance, Mata Hari appeared nearly naked on a white horse. Although she daringly bared her buttocks—then considered the most tittilating part of the anatomy—she was modest about her breasts, generally keeping them covered with brassiere-styled beads. Mata Hari took the Paris saloons by storm, then moved on to the bright lights of other cities. Along the way, she helped turn the striptease into an art form and captivated critics. As younger dancers took the stage, her bookings became sporadic. She supplemented her income by seducing government and military men; sex became strictly a financial practicality for her. _______________ As war swept the continent, she had some freedom of movement as a citizen of neutral Holland and took full advantage of it. Mata Hari's cavalier travels and liaisons attracted attention from British and French intelligence, who put her under surveillance. She accepted a lucrative assignment to spy for France from Georges Ladoux. Mata Hari later insisted that she planned to use her connections to seduce her way into the German high command, get secrets and hand them over to the French—but she never got that far. She met a German attaché and began tossing him bits of gossip, hoping to get some valuable information in return. Instead, she got named as a German spy in communiqués he sent to Berlin—which were promptly intercepted by the French. Some historians believe that the Germans suspected Mata Hari was a French spy and subsequently set her up, deliberately sending a message falsely labeling her as a German spy—which they knew would be easily decoded by the French. Others believe that she was in fact a German double agent. In any case, the French authorities arrested Mata Hari for espionage and executed by firing squad.

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4. Women Adventurers

Radical trailblazers from 231 BCE to today.”


5. RealRosieWWII

What your grandmother never told you about living & working during WWII.”

6. Ephemeral Elegance

Fashion and Costume History, brought to you by dress historian Caroline London.”

7. Art History Women

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” -Georgia O’Keeffe

8. 17.21 Women

League of Extraordinary Asian-Pacific Islander Women

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“She is the Chinese Julia Child. Joyce Chen helped elevate what Chinese food was about. She didn't dumb it down. She opened people's eyes to what good Chinese could taste like.” —Ming Tsai, Chinese-Taiwanese American celebrity chef and restauranteur 〰️ Joyce Chen 廖家艾 (1917–1994), #ChineseAmerican chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, author, and TV personality/inventor of the flat bottom wok/host of Joyce Chen Cooks on PBS, the first nationally-syndicated cooking show hosted by a woman of color from 1966–67/owned and operated four popular, groundbreaking restaurants in Cambridge for over 40 years, the first one opening in 1958/popularized Peking Duck, Moo Shu Pork, scallion pancake, and hot and sour soup/served the first "soup dumplings" (Shao Long Bao) and other northern dim sum items in 1968/coined the term Peking Raviolis or Ravs for potstickers/simplified communication between Chinese and non-Chinese restaurant workers by numbering menu items/taught popular cooking classes with long wait lists in the 60s/her company Joyce Chen Foods pioneered the sale of bottled Chinese sauces, first sold to supermarkets in 1984/one of five chefs commemorated on a series of 2014 stamps alongside Julia Child, James Beard, Edna Lewis, and Felipe Rojas-Lombari • Boston, 1967; photo courtesy of the Library of Congress▫️On set, 1966; photo, unknown▫️Beijing, 1972▫️With her newly published cookbook, 1962▫️Joyce Chen Restaurant, Cambridge, MA 1958▫️In the dining room of one of her restaurants, 1973▫️Demonstrating with her flat bottom wok invention▫️Cooking in 1984▫️With her husband Thomas and son Stephen, Cambridge, 1962▫️Joyce (center) with her in-laws, China, 1940s▫️Photos (3–10) courtesy of Stephen Chen #joycechen #chineseamericanchef #chinesejuliachild #chineserestauranteur #joycechenrestaurant #joycechencooks #joycechenfoods #flatbottomwok #womeninfood #foodpioneer #chinesefood #americanfood

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