This painting depicts the 18th-century repression of women, who were not allowed to become teachers, doctors, or lawyers, nor could they be seen in public without headwear. These pancake-style hats were popular in that era worn by the upper-class.
Like the bullet train in the painting, the Spirit within has led women to power through glass ceilings down through history. A few examples: In 1849, the first woman to become a doctor in the US was British-born, Elizabeth Blackwell. In 1883, Rebecca Crumpler became the first African American female doctor. Fast forward to current day, Kamala Harris became the first African American and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President of the United States. Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, an African American woman with a Ph.D. in physics, became the first to successfully cure cancer using laser-activated nanoparticles. Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, an African American, with a Ph.D. in immunology is praised as one of the key scientists at the forefront of the development of the coronavirus vaccine.