A new exhibit celebrating the rebellious women of 19th-century New York is now on display at the Museum of the City of New York. Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism, features ephemera, photographs, and the stories of 15 women who challenged the Victorian-era social norms of the 19th-century.

The women featured in the exhibit include Elizabeth Jennings Graham, an African American New Yorker who refused to get off a segregated trolley in 1854, Victoria Woodhull, who ran for president in 1872, and Anne Trow Lohman, alias Madame Restel, who provided abortions and birth control to women during her 40-year career. She became "a hero to desperate patients and 'the Wickedest Woman in New York' to nearly everyone else."

Clients arrived at her Greenwich Street office from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and if they couldn’t seek treatment in person, Restell responded by mail, sending Preventative Powder at $5 per package or Female Monthly Pills, $1 apiece. Her pills (as well as those of her competitors) simply commercialized traditional folk remedies that had been around for centuries, and were occasionally effective. Restell counted on clients returning for surgical abortions if the abortifacients failed—$20 for poor women, $100 for the rich.

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Considered to be one of the first gender variant/transgender people in New York history, Mary Jones was a rebel woman in every sense of the word. Born in 1803 as Peter Sewally, Jones' unabashed wearing of feminine attire and work at one of the city's brothels challenged Victorian society's rigid moral, gender, and racial binaries. This print published in New York came out a week after her trial for grand larceny, depicting Jones in a genteel white dress and refined accoutrements. However, the title of “Man-Monster” stands sharply at odds with the pictured femininity, mocking her fearless refusal to comply with society's strict expectations around which middle-class propriety revolved. Learn more about her story and more in #RebelWomenNY, opening July 17. __ Published by Henry R. Robinson. The Man-Monster, 1836. Museum of the City of New York, 95.54.11. #womenshistory #feministhistory #transhistory #maryjones #nychistory #feminism

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"Good women are rarely clever, and clever women are rarely good." Those were rebellious words for the 19th century, and they were the words of one notoriously rebellious woman: Adah Isaacs Menken. Menken was so many things in her lifetime, including a challenger of gender norms, an advocate for women's rights, the once highest-paid actress in the world, and a poet. She became internationally known for her starring role in Mazeppa, in which she performed on stage in a flesh-colored bodysuit that made her appear naked (👆). Discover more of Menken's inspiring story in "Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism" opening Tuesday, July 17. #RebelWomenNY __ Sarony & Co. Adah Isaacs Menken in Mazeppa, 1863. Museum of the City of New York, 41.132.161. #adahisaacsmenken #feminist #feminism #womenshistory #newyorkhistory

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The exhibit will also feature artifacts from notable women like investigative journalist Nellie Bly, and suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. And you'll also see parasols, corsets, and leather gloves from the era, all illustrating how even the fashions at the time were restrictive.

Doesn't look comfortable, does it? 😧 In the 1860s, a new fashion trend known as the bustle - a gathering of pinned fabric at the back of a woman's dress - came into vogue. With all of that heavy fabric weighing women down, they had to lean forward to stay balanced, and this stance became known as "the Grecian Bend." Popular illustrator Thomas Worth satirized the absurdity of this fashion in this cartoon from 1868, ridiculing both the style and the women who wore it. Learn more about Victorian-era womanhood and NYC's independent, unconventional, and path-breaking women in "Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism," opening July 17th. #RebelWomenNY __ Thomas Worth. "'The Grecian Bend' Fifth Avenue Style.," 1868. Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Mrs. Harry T. (Natalie) Peters, 56.300.1282. #victorianism #womensfashion #fashionhistory #bustle

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Rebel Women will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 5th Ave & 103rd Street) from now until January 6, 2019