So many of the social life's aspects have changed for women in the years. Starting with the right for education and ending with gender equality - all of this didn't happen overnight, and many badass women had to sacrifice their personal lives for a greater cause. Women's Equality Day celebrated on August 26th in the US, commemorates the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting women the right to vote. It was certified in 1920, despite being introduced many years earlier in 1878, and since 1972, every president has published a proclamation for Women's Equality Day. Only because of the strong women in history we have reached this point in our society.


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Starting from female Samurais in the early 1800s and ending with Stephanie Kwolek, who invented Kevlar (yes, a woman invented that!) this list of women who changed the world will shed some light on the 'weaker' gender. And without some of these pioneers, we wouldn't be this advanced in such spheres as neuro-surgeries, chemistry, and even programming.

Scroll down and take a look at our list of famous women in history. And, ladies, you might get inspired by these women in history to reach for your goals, no matter how impossible they might seem.

#1 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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LizBaruzzini 3 years ago

I read about this woman, she was actually a Holocaust survivor -- I have so much respect for her.

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#2 Marie Curie Was A Polish Physicist And Chemist Famous For Her Work On Radioactivity And Twice A Winner Of The Nobel Prize

Marie Curie Was A Polish Physicist And Chemist Famous For Her Work On Radioactivity And Twice A Winner Of The Nobel Prize

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KlaudiaBraun 3 years ago

She was polish not French at all. She married a French and worked there but never describ do herself as French

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#3 Kathrine Switzer Was The First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon (1967). When Organizer Jock Semple Realised A Woman Was Running He Tried To Tackle Her

Kathrine Switzer Was The First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon (1967). When Organizer Jock Semple Realised A Woman Was Running He Tried To Tackle Her

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StephanieBarr 3 years ago

All honor, not only to her, but the other marathoners who protected her.

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#4 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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JessicaBabineau 3 years ago

She wrote out by hand the mathematical sequence that enabled the Apollo mission to be successful. (That's what she's standing beside) . They said that she was so accurate they used to get her to double check the math once computers started doing it for the other scientists.

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#5 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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RitaInina 3 years ago

She is behind in points. Tattoo artist is more popular than the woman astronaut? Give me a break!

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#6 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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GailThompson 3 years ago

The REAL Mulan!

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#7 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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sydney 3 years ago

Women have always been pioneers in aviation they just don;t get the press or the credit they deserve. Amelia Earhart

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#8 These Women Were Firefighters At Pearl Harbor (1941)

These Women Were Firefighters At Pearl Harbor (1941)

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DebFick 3 years ago

Hmmm- "These WOMEN were FEMALE firefighters". Would a headline read "These MEN were MALE firefighters"???

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#9 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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PeterLewis 3 years ago

What about Emilline Pankhurst ?

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#10 Eliza Leonida Zamfirescu, The First Woman Engineer In The World

Eliza Leonida Zamfirescu, The First Woman Engineer In The World

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KateYoung 3 years ago

Awesome - I bet she met resistance and hate at many turns.

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#11 Rosa Louise Mccauley Parks - Civil Rights Activist

Rosa Louise Mccauley Parks - Civil Rights Activist

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PetraMiddendorp 3 years ago

She had two strikes against her, she was a woman and she was black and what she did took so much courage. She did not fight for prestige, but for justice

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#12 Sofia Ionescu-ogrezeanu (25 April 1920 – 21 March 2008) Was A Romanian Neurosurgeon And Is Cons

Sofia Ionescu-ogrezeanu (25 April 1920 – 21 March 2008) Was A Romanian Neurosurgeon And Is Cons

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Claudia 3 years ago

Romania-born, Sofia Ionescu, is the one female neurosurgeon who was nominated as the first neurosurgeon in the world. She worked in the field for 47 years, performing all the procedures known at that time.

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#13 Anne Frank Was A Jewish Diarist And Writer

Anne Frank Was A Jewish Diarist And Writer

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cookiemonster 3 years ago

who, totally unimportant fact, lived during the holocaust and was eventually killed by the Nazis a couple of months before the killing stopped.

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#14 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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JensMorrison 3 years ago

How did she change the world?

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#15 Jane Goodall, Leading Primatologist And Conservationalist

Jane Goodall, Leading Primatologist And Conservationalist

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Neha Jawale-Bhorge 2 years ago

i just love her...

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