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Museum of the City of New York

Groundbreaking Women of NYC

Women didn't get rights by asking -- they were won. Won by women who knocked down closed doors, went undercover, led strikes, and took gunshot wounds to the shoulder, chest, and jaw. These ladies served jail sentences, were deported, and had attempts made on their lives -- all for speaking up. But they weren't done talking.

  • 1.

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    First Lady of the world.

  • 2.

    Jane Jacobs

    Jane Jacobs

    Mother of the modern city

  • 3.

    Emma Goldman

    Emma Goldman

    Beaten, jailed, deported -- and undeterred

  • 4.

    Nellie Bly

    Nellie Bly

    The launch of investigative journalism.

  • 5.

    Lady Deborah Moody

    Lady Deborah Moody

    Bringing religious tolerance to the new world

  • 6.

    Margaret Corbin

    Margaret Corbin

    A memorial to a woman at war.

  • 7.

    Shirley Chisholm

    Shirley Chisholm

    Breaking down the door for women in politics.

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