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21 Inspiring Women In History Who Dared To Change The World

Women in History | June 22, 2016

There have been many inspiring, badass women in history who dared to change the world. Here are 21 of our favorites.

1. Rosa Parks, civil rights activist.

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2. Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

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3. Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu, the world’s very first female engineer.

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4. A female samurai warrior of the upper bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan. Late 1800’s.

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5. Simone de Beauvoir, French writer, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist.

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6. Emmeline Pankhurst, British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement.

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7. Joan of Arc, considered a heroine of France for her role in the Hundred Years’ War, and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint.

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8. Women fire fighters at Pearl Harbour, 1941.

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9. Jane Goodall, an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace.

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10. Sofia Ionescu-Ogrezeanu, one of the first female neurosurgeons in the world.

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11. Komako Kimura, a Japanese suffragist, at the women’s right to vote march on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

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12. Amelia Mary Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

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13. Anne Frank, a diarist and writer.

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14. Nadia Comaneci, first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event.

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15. Marie Curie, a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who pioneered the research on radioactivity. Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice.

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16. Margaret Heafield Hamilton, a computer scientist and systems engineer. She was Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, the team who developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program.

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17. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. When organizer Jock Semple realised she was running, he tried to tackle her.

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18. Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to have flown in space.

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19. Sarla Thakral, the first Indian woman to fly an aircraft. She earned an aviation pilot license in 1936 at the age of 21 and flew a Gypsy Moth solo.

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20. Maud Wagner, first known female tattoo artist in the U.S.

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21. Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist. She was the first ever Iranian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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