This month we celebrate the women who have paved the way for us, gave us courage, commitment and their contribution to society has changed the world
Women who changed the world
A small list of famous influential women, including women’s rights activists, poets, musicians, politicians, humanitarians and scientists.
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Cleopatra (69 BCE–30 BCE) The last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt.
Mary Magdalene (4 BCE–40BCE) Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus’ most devoted followers. Mary Magdalene stood near Jesus at his crucifixion and was the first to see his resurrection.
Joan of Arc (1412–1431) The patron saint of France, Joan of Arc inspired a French revolt against the occupation of the English.
Elizabeth I (1533–1603) Queen of England during a time of great economic and social change, she saw England cemented as a Protestant country.
Catherine the Great (1729–1796) One of the greatest political leaders of the Eighteenth Century.
Queen Victoria (1819–1901) British Queen. Presiding over one of the largest empires ever seen.
Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) By serving in the Crimean war, Florence Nightingale was instrumental in changing the role and perception of the nursing profession.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) American Campaigner against slavery and for the promotion of women’s and workers rights.
Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) One of America’s greatest poets, .
Marie Curie (1867–1934) Polish/French scientist.
Emily Murphy (1868–1933) The first woman magistrate in the British Empire. persons.”
Helen Keller (1880–1968) American social activist. At the age of 19 months, Helen became deaf and blind. Overcoming the frustration of losing both sight and hearing she campaigned tirelessly on behalf of deaf and blind people.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) Wife and political aide of American president F.D.Roosevelt. In her own right Eleanor made a significant contribution to the field of human rights, a topic she campaigned upon throughout her life.
Annie Besant (1847–1933) British campaigner for social justice, an advocate of women’s rights and later member of the Theosophist society. She also actively campaigned for Indian independence.
Mother Teresa (1910–1997) Albanian nun and charity worker. Devoting her life to the service of the poor and dispossessed Mother Teresa became a global icon for selfless service to others.
Dorothy Hodgkin (1910–1994) British chemist. Hodgkin was awarded the Nobel prize for her work on critical discoveries of the structure of both penicillin and later insulin.
Rosa Parks (1913–2005) American civil rights activist. Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history.
Queen Elizabeth II (1926– ) Since ascending to the British throne in 1952, Elizabeth has become the longest serving British monarch. She has witnessed rapid social and economic change and has been a unifying influence for Britain and the Commonwealth.
Billie Holiday (1915–1959) American jazz singer. Given the title “First Lady of the Blues” Billie Holiday was widely considered to be the greatest and most expressive jazz singer of all time.
Indira Gandhi (1917–1984) First female prime minister of India. She was in power from between 1966–77 and 1980–84.
Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013) The first female Prime minister of Great Britain,
Anne Frank (1929–1945) Dutch Jewish author. Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely read books in the world.
Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993) British actress. Influential female actor of the 1950s and 60s. After her acting career ended in the mid 1960s, she devoted the remaining period of her life to humanitarian work with UNICEF.
Germaine Greer (1939– ) Australian feminist icon of the 1960s and 1970s, .
Billie Jean King (1943– ) American tennis player. Billie Jean King was one of the greatest female tennis champions, who also battled for equal pay for women.
Shirin Ebadi (1947– ) Ebadi has fought for human rights in Iran, representing political dissidents and founding initiatives to promote democracy and human rights. she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.
Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007) The first female prime minister of a Muslim country.
Oprah Winfrey (1954– ) American talk show host and businesswoman.
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–1997) British Royal princess who was noted for her humanitarian charity work.
Malala Yousafzai (1997– ) Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education.