Kate “Vulcana” Williams, was a Welsh Strongwoman who toured music halls in Britain, Europe and Australia in the early 1900’s. Among her many other feats were a bent press of 125 pounds and an overhead lift (i.e. press) with a 56 pound weight in each hand. She was quite popular in France where Professor Desbonnet verified her feats and was very impressed with her level of strength. As you can see, she sported a pretty impressive set of arms.
Here’s a look at Miss Bliss, a French Strong woman from 1901. Don’t know much else about her other than she has a strong set of choppers. It would be easy to think that this photo was faked but if you look closely, you’ll see that her neck development would indicate that she has trained for and is actually performing this rather amazing feat. It’s also worth noting that she has a larger and likely stronger neck than several football players I know.
There weren’t many woman strength acts but there were a few and the most notable was London-born Joan Rhodes. For decades, “The Iron Lady” bent steel bars and ripped phone books with the best of them ~ all even more impressively while wearing high heels!