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The American Who Shocked Victorian England by Picking the World’s Strongest Lock

Victorian England made the strongest locks in the world—until an American showed up and promised he could pick them.

The Surprising History of the Pencil

The Surprising History of the Pencil | Brain Pickings picture of worlds oldest known pencil

She was buried 9000 years ago in Bäckaskog at the age of 45. The Bäckaskog woman is the oldest and most famous skeleton found in Sweden. In her grave a spear head was found, suitable for hunting and fishing, made of bone and sharp flint blades. Because of the grave goods archaeologists first thought she was a man. She lived at a time when the climate was warm and humid with dense forests of oak, elm and ash trees. Fishing became more important as the sea level rose and new lagoons were…

By Tamara Abraham for MailOnline

A real black princess. Sarah Forbes Bonetta was orphaned in African from inter tribal warfare. She was suppose to be sacrificed but was saved and brought to England by a Captain of the Royal Navy. She was presented to Queen Victoria and impressed her enough to be adopted as a Goddaughter of the queen and was raised in the middle class.

"I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself." Shirley Chisholm 1968

By Helen Pow

A sobering collection of anti-feminist propaganda has captured the war waged on women as they struggled to get the vote during the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Tsagiglalal, or "She Who Watches". This petroglyph has the face of a woman, painted on a rock along the Columbia River near the Dalles. It was created by the Wishram/Tlakluit Indians of the Chinook nation. Photo by Edward S. Curtis. 1910

Ely S. Parker was a Union Civil War General who drafted the terms of surrender between the United States and the Confederate States of America. Parker was one of two Native Americans to reach the rank of Brigadier General during the Civil War. He was a Seneca, and served on Grant's staff.He led a life of astonishing achievement.

On Her Birthday, Princess Michael Of Kent Recalls Six Historical Women Who Have Inspired Her

"On My Birthday, Six Women From History Who Inspire Me" by Princess Michael of Kent "Here are six ladies who were either born to great privilege or married into it, but despite their advantages, all met with adversity, as most everyone does at some point in their lives-"