March 8 is International Women's Day (US has its equivalent on the 26th of August) which celebrates the struggle for women's rights. Throughout history, many strong women had to rise against the odds and fight for their dreams and passions, equality and solidarity among men. Their bravery contributed to shaping today's world, and has to be remembered.

Bored Panda has made a list of badass women who did their part to make the world a better place. Scroll down to vote for your favorite heroes, and upload new ones if we missed them!

#1

Irena Sendlerowa - Woman Who Smuggled Approximately 2,500 Jewish Children Out Of The Warsaw Ghett

Irena Sendlerowa - Woman Who Smuggled Approximately 2,500 Jewish Children Out Of The Warsaw Ghett

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Malala Yousafzai, 19, Pakistani Activist For Female Education Who Survived Being Shot In The Head By The Taliban, The Youngest Ever Nobel Prize Laureate

Malala Yousafzai, 19, Pakistani Activist For Female Education Who Survived Being Shot In The Head By The Taliban, The Youngest Ever Nobel Prize Laureate

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What makes her bad ass, is that she stood up to the Taliban for women's educational rights. She was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban, SURVIVED, and continued to fight for women's right to education. She is unstoppable fierce and determined!

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A Woman Hitting A Neo-Nazi With Her Handbag In Växjö, Sweden (13 April, 1985)

A Woman Hitting A Neo-Nazi With Her Handbag In Växjö, Sweden (13 April, 1985)

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Too bad the pic wasn't taken at the point if impact

ADHORTATOR
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

...and I hope that the bag was full of bricks!

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Kacper Bieńkowski
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

''The woman in the photograph is Danuta Danielsson (1947–1988). (...) She was of Polish origin and her mother had been in a concentration camp during World War II" /wiki

Karyne Serret
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The open mouthed face of the two men in the back is pretty good too LOL

Bree Arkin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you I didn't even notice that until I read your comment!

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Jani Jousselin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My MUM did the exact thing to a skinhead in England when he nearly knocked me over :) coward as they all are..He ran like hell :)

Łukasz Markuszewski
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The woman was name Danuta Danielsson, and was a daughter of polish-jewish survivor from death camp.

Lucie Pelčáková
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The woman is actually a holocaust survivor.

rocke socke
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the woman in the picture actually was a child of WWII-victims, her mother survived a concentration camp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Woman_Hitting_a_Neo-Nazi_With_Her_Handbag

Pangaea Pangaea
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Could I borrow that handbag? We need it around here these days!

Magdalena Giceva
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He doesn't even know what's coming from behind, living fearlessly, walking independently 😲

Kjorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

she should've hit him in the crotch

Abigail Kreiss
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Alas, she was wrong to hit him. But what bravery in her little Chihuahua heart! Look how every part of her body wants to run away but her face shows her hatred of everything of every the smug little rooster stands for.

Cheesy Potato
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

has anyone noticed the people in the background??

Cheryl Birkhimer
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great pic. Cameras were a little more complicated to operate in those days. Not just focus & click. Very brave woman. Doubt it knocked any sense into that dumb ass though.

Anna McClung
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome! Hope she had a brick in her purse!

Casandra Nițescu
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

except that she did not necessarily hit him because he was a nazi, she hit him because she was mentally unstable and a generally agressive person. People who lived close to her reported that she would often scream at people and threathen them for no reason and that that's just how she was. The photo does look cool though.

AstorDaPanda
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my grandpa is behind the white car.

Steve Pennington
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because its okay to hit someone because you don’t agree with them.

Steve Pennington
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because its okay to hit folk because you don’t agree with them.

Stewart Coulter
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A very famous picture in Sweden from what a Swedish former journalist friend (from Växjö) tells me.

Roland Schmidl
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, who is violent on this picture ? Happy Womens Day !

Skeledab
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope that was full of bricks! :)

Cheryl Birkhimer
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, by all means defend the yobs who still believe it's ok to eradicate a certain ethnic group.

Cheryl Birkhimer
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you Kacper & Lucie for the extra info. How awful for her to see that there are still monsters who support the Nazis. Brave woman.

Tee Salgado
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is amazing. To attack that eejit with her bag, and not thinking of the consequences. That's one badass woman, I would not want to tangle with.

Raphael von Rupp
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

she might be badass, but how did she "Changed The World We Live In Today"? slightly overstated this one

Alexandr Matrosov
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cool gyes, today whites tends to this modern "holocoust" against whites........

Sandra La Madeleine
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

she looks determined AF! ... omg I love her!

Pangaea Pangaea
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Could I borrow that handbag? We seem to need it around here these days.

DancingToMyself
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She was mentally ill, and often very aggressive without a real reason. But her mom was something else...

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Andreas Egeland
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In a list of women who changed the world, this woman is REALLY out of place.

Koko Sempai
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome! Hope she didn't get caught afterwards.. Run lady RRRUUUUNNNNN!!

milad asadi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why there should be neo nazi in sweden in 1985??? Why???

varwenea
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While there should never be any, they never went away either.

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Ditto
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't help laughing at the two people in the back, they're like :O

Ditto
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then the guy in front is like O.o you go girl.

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Marko Rakocija
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We don't need noooooo STATEMENTS

Gustav Sundström
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The handbag had a brick in it...which makes this picture even greater.

Jonathan Eatsalot
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How did this change the world we live in?

Pi...
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

By showing a shy probably scared woman that women CAN have spunk and retaliate. Though not necessarily by swinging a handbag...

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Julemule
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this pic, she's an idol

Invid
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This woman is a horrible person.

Lars Huijben
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How did she change the world by this?

Sick Boy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And how exactly did this one "change the world"?

Marija Radoman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And how did she changed the world?

grace laird
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damn !!! fucking whores. i wish Hitler was still around, he made the world safer. I live in California and work as a homicide detective, im better because i know right from wrong. hilter was right. all u bitches brought him down. be ashamed fucker.

Long Joan Silver
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you really knew from "right" and "wrong", you wouldn't be calling a woman you have never met, a "whore". Your ignorance is quite humorous. Nice try, but you failed! :D

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Maciek Ravs
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Women from Sweden have different enemies and problems in 2017... How about tell it like it is.

Aunt Messy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or just look at this one specific photograph and remember that it's not about you.

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BlahBlah
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Now the woman would ask them for help to defend from the Muslims flooding Sweden : )

Long Joan Silver
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, we have yet another bigot here! Take your hate filled bigotry elsewhere!

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Dave Van den Eynde
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What did he do to her? Expressing his opinion?

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Its assault, plain and simple. Everyone has the right to protest or demonstrate, even skin heads.

Ironcat_xox
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's ok when the man was supporting something that killed millions of innocent people.

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#4

Marie Curie Was A Polish Scientist Famous For Her Work On Radioactivity, The First Woman To Win A Nobel Prize And The Only Woman To Win Twice

Marie Curie Was A Polish Scientist Famous For Her Work On Radioactivity, The First Woman To Win A Nobel Prize And The Only Woman To Win Twice

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What makes her badass is, she was the first EVER woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the ONLY woman (to date) to win TWO nobel prizes

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#5

Nujood Ali, Given To Abusive Husband At Age 10, Divorced Him And Broke Tribal Tradition

Nujood Ali, Given To Abusive Husband At Age 10, Divorced Him And Broke Tribal Tradition

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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Might I add that she now fights in Yemen's movement against forced child marriage

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A 106-Year-Old Woman Who Protected Her Home With A Rifle, In Armenia (1990)

A 106-Year-Old Woman Who Protected Her Home With A Rifle, In Armenia (1990)

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is what a strong Armenian woman looks like, not Kim Kartashian. JS

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#7

These Women Were Firefighters At Pearl Harbor (1941)

These Women Were Firefighters At Pearl Harbor (1941)

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This photo reminds me of the statue in DC "raising of the flag on Iwo Jima"

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#8

Margaret Heafield Was A Director Of Software Engineering For NASA's Apollo Space Program (1969)

Margaret Heafield Was A Director Of Software Engineering For NASA's Apollo Space Program (1969)

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Muslim Woman Covers The Yellow Star Of Her Jewish Neighbor With Her Veil (1941)

Muslim Woman Covers The Yellow Star Of Her Jewish Neighbor With Her Veil (1941)

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Ironcat_xox
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This goes to show you the risks people took in order to help someone.

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#10

Voting Activist Annie Lumpkins At The Little Rock City Jail (10 July, 1961)

Voting Activist Annie Lumpkins At The Little Rock City Jail (10 July, 1961)

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She was one of the Freedom Riders (a group of civil rights activisits who rode through the US fighting against segregation stating it as unconstitutional), this photo was taken after she was arrested for sitting on a "whites only" bus.

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One Of The Onna-Bugeisha, Female Samurai Warrior Of The Upper Bushi (Samurai), Class In Feudal Japan (Late 1800's)

One Of The Onna-Bugeisha, Female Samurai Warrior Of The Upper Bushi (Samurai), Class In Feudal Japan (Late 1800's)

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Jane Goodall, Leading Primatologist And Conservationalist

Jane Goodall, Leading Primatologist And Conservationalist

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Maud Stevens Wagner Was The First Known Female Tattoo Artist In The United States (1907)

Maud Stevens Wagner Was The First Known Female Tattoo Artist In The United States (1907)

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Anne Frank Was A Jewish Diarist And Writer

Anne Frank Was A Jewish Diarist And Writer

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Amanda Flack
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She was bad ass because she represents every girl who fought to survive under Nazi. And every girl who fought for life was bad ass.

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#15

Amelia Earhart Was The First Female Aviator To Fly Solo Across The Atlantic Ocean (1928)

Amelia Earhart Was The First Female Aviator To Fly Solo Across The Atlantic Ocean (1928)

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And her disappearance is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of all time.

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#16

Rosa Louise Mccauley Parks - Civil Rights Activist

Rosa Louise Mccauley Parks - Civil Rights Activist

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Russia-Born Valentina Tereshkova Became The First Woman In Space Aboard The Vostok 6 (1963)

Russia-Born Valentina Tereshkova Became The First Woman In Space Aboard The Vostok 6 (1963)

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Ironcat_xox
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember a long time ago, I had to be her for a history project! What an inspiring woman

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#18

Mary Winsor Holding Suffrage Prisoners Banner In Washington D.C. (1917)

Mary Winsor Holding Suffrage Prisoners Banner In Washington D.C. (1917)

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Kjorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

still today i still can't understand why people didn't want woman to vote. it's inconceivable for my modern head

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#19

Eliza Leonida Zamfirescu, The First Woman Engineer In The World

Eliza Leonida Zamfirescu, The First Woman Engineer In The World

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Annette Kellerman Promoted Women’s Right To Wear A Fitted One-Piece Bathing Suit (1907). She Was Arrested For Indecency

Annette Kellerman Promoted Women’s Right To Wear A Fitted One-Piece Bathing Suit (1907). She Was Arrested For Indecency

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Aimée Melissa
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And now, in France, when women want to cover up, that's not allowed either. Women are always told what they can and can't wear, look at that.

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#21

Florence Nightingale - 1st Nurse To Teach Basic Sanitation Between Patients

Florence Nightingale - 1st Nurse To Teach Basic Sanitation Between Patients

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Ftima El Fihria The Founder Of The First University In The World - Fes, Morocco

Ftima El Fihria The Founder Of The First University In The World - Fes, Morocco

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michael sky
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

University of Bologna is traditionally recognized as an oldest university. University of Al Quaraouiyine is older, but is not the first recognized university in the sense of the word that we know.

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#23

Nadia Comaneci - The First Women To Score A Perfect 10 In Gymnastics At The Olympic Games

Nadia Comaneci - The First Women To Score A Perfect 10 In Gymnastics At The Olympic Games

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Stijn V.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

she is the first gymnast to score a perfect 10. not just the first women.

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#24

Women Of The 1975 Icelandic Women's Strike, Kvennafrídagurinn, When 90% Of The Female Population Of Iceland Went On Strike To “demonstrate The Indispensable Work Of Women For Iceland’s Economy And Society”

Women Of The 1975 Icelandic Women's Strike, Kvennafrídagurinn, When 90% Of The Female Population Of Iceland Went On Strike To “demonstrate The Indispensable Work Of Women For Iceland’s Economy And Society”

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Komako Kimura, A Prominent Japanese Suffragist Marched On Fifth Avenue In New York City Demanding The Right To Vote (27 October, 1917)

Komako Kimura, A Prominent Japanese Suffragist Marched On Fifth Avenue In New York City Demanding The Right To Vote (27 October, 1917)

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criminalgirl
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very brave, not just as a woman but also not being an "average American woman"

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Marina Ginestà Was A French Veteran Of The Spanish Civil War. This Is Her Most Famous Picture At The Top Of Hotel Colón In Barcelona (21 July, 1936)

Marina Ginestà Was A French Veteran Of The Spanish Civil War. This Is Her Most Famous Picture At The Top Of Hotel Colón In Barcelona (21 July, 1936)

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Anna González Fort
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Catalan born in France, not French: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Ginest%C3%A0

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#27

Harriet Tubman, Who Helped Slaves Escape Via The Underground Railroad.

Harriet Tubman, Who Helped Slaves Escape Via The Underground Railroad.