As we travel back through history, we come across heroic and fearless female characters. From soldiers to poets to several leaders,
Their contributions continue to this day.
Let’s continue to respect these wonderful women whose achievements have altered our planet.
Their significance in history cannot be ignored, even though their names may not spread across the globe.
Women Who Made A Lasting Impact
These women shaped our planet significantly throughout history. They made fair contributions in a variety of sectors, including politics, science, and the arts.
19 great women who have left an incredible mark on the globe.
1. Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
National heroine of France who supervised many defeats for the French army during the Hundred Years War before being executed at the stake for heresy. As a result of her participation in the siege of Orléans and her demand that Charles VII of France be crowned during the Hundred Years’ War, Joan of Arc is revered as the patron saint of France and is seen as a protector of the French people.
2. Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Polish-born naturalized Frenchwoman Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who made significant contributions to the field of radioactivity.
She was the first person to receive the Nobel Prize for a woman, the first to win it twice, and the only one to win it in two different scientific domains.
French physicist and chemist of Polish descent discovered polonium and radium (in physics and chemistry).
3. Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
American civil rights activist who caused the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the subsequent end of bus segregation by refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama to a white passenger.
She has received an award from the US Congress as “the mother of the freedom movement” and “the first woman of civil rights.”
4. Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Mexican artists are recognized for their brightly colored self-portraits and portrayals of Mexican culture.
5. Mother Teresa (1910-1997
Albanian-Indian Catholic mother and missionary who founded the Missionaries of Charity and dedicated her life to assisting the impoverished and ill in India and other areas of the world.
6. Anne Frank (1929-1945)
Jewish girl who kept a journal while hiding during WWII and became a Holocaust emblem.
7. Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
French philosopher and writer well recognized for her feminist theory contributions and important work “The Second Sex.”
8. Jane Goodall (1934)
British primatologist and anthropologist famous for her revolutionary work researching chimpanzees in Tanzania as well as her animal welfare and conservation campaigns.
9.Malala Yousafzai (1997)
Pakistani education activist who escaped a Taliban murder attempt and went on to become the youngest Nobel Prize holder.
10. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
English mathematician who is known for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine and is considered the world’s first computer programmer.
11. Harriet Tubman (1822-1913
Abolitionist and political activist from the United States who helped slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad.
During the Civil War, Tubman also worked as a scout, spy, guerilla fighter, and medic for the Union Army.
12. Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
American poet and civil rights activist best known for her memoirs and poems. She was widely renowned for her innovative autobiographical writing style.
13. Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
British politician who served as the country’s first female Prime Minister and was noted for her conservative ideas and leadership throughout the Cold War.
14. Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)
Abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner of African descent who delivered the renowned “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech.
15. Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)
She was India’s first female Prime Minister and is most remembered for her leadership during the Bangladesh Liberation War and her controversial Emergency administration.
16. Billie Holiday (1915-1959)
American jazz vocalist renowned for her distinctive voice and services to the civil rights struggle.
17. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)
British suffragette and women’s rights campaigner who helped lead the movement for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom.
Why We Celebrate International Women's day?
Every year on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated to honour the social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments of women and to promote gender equality. Since the early 1900s, it has been noticed, and it is now acknowledged as a worldwide phenomenon. Events, protests, and campaigns aimed at empowering women and promoting their rights are organized annually.