These incredible, strong, passionate and intelligent women made a statement in history doing things they weren’t expected to. They had to fight battles throughout they own story and history itself, many of them left an eternal mark on the world. They were scientists, warriors, soldiers, Queens, even pirates, that took what they had within the „Man’s world“ and made it feminine. We made you a list of a few of them, although there are much more (and plenty of them are found in your daily life) and they make the world a better place. We hope their stories will make you feel braver and empowered!
Manuel WildzeiszFeb. 26, 2018 03:56PM EST
Marie Curie, a Polish scientist, made an incredible mark on the world we live nowadays. She made a research on radioactive elements that lead eventually to several great discoveries, even if they meant to be at the cost of her own health.
She was the first woman ever to receive a Nobel prize, for discovering Radium, she also helped with the creation of the first ambulance, and saved tons of lives during WWII.
Kathrine Switzer was the first female to ever run the Boston Marathon in 1967. Even though other women made the entire marathon, Kathrine was the first to be a registered in the competition.
When the organization the made the race discovered that she was participating in the marathon, he tried to stop her. Her boyfriend, who also was part of the race, managed to get rid of him in order to help Katherine
Margaret Heafield was the director of software engineering for NASA’s Apollo space program. She also created the mathematical sequence that made possible the Apollo mission to be a huge success.
Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go to space; she went with the Vostok 6 Space Shuttle. She was chosen from over 400 candidates, and she won after reaching the final amongst 4 other finalists
Someday we’ll know
Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator ever to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She even received a Distinguished Flying Cross for this achievement. She used to say „Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others“
In The Right
Komako Kimura was the first Japanese suffragist, and she even dared to march on the Fifth Avenue in New York to demand the right to vote for her and other women. This happened in 1917
Eliza Zamfirescu was the world’s first ever female engineer. She got her diploma from the Royal Academy of Technology, which is located in Berlin, back in 1912, after being rejected back home (Romania)
Edge of the Seat
Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who is mostly known for refusing to follow the orders of the bus driver James F. Blake to get up from her place in the „colored section“ and give it to a white passenger
Back then it was a mandatory thing to give white people your seat if the whites-only section was full. Her daring act became an icon of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
Sofia Ionescu was a Romanian surgeon dedicated to Neuro that worked within the field for more than 47 years; she even performed every single procedure existing to the medical science back then
Scholar and a Lady
Fatima al-Fihri was an Arab Muslim woman who founded the University of Al-Quaraouiyine in Morocco, back in 859 CE. The university is still running nowadays and it is the oldest university in the world
Stephanie Kwolek was an American chemist that invented the material called Kevlar, an element that is still used nowadays in most bulletproof vests and body armor. She was one of the first women to be part of the National Inventors Hall Of Fame.
To The Death
Julie D’Aubigny was a not only a bisexual woman from the 17th century and an opera singer, she was also a fencing master and she got the chance to perform every night on the biggest opera stage from the entire world
She was popular amongst people because she had several lovers (one of them even was a woman that was supposed to join a convent). She saved her from her misery and escaped with her lover only after burning the place down
Rani Lakshmi Bai was the Queen of Jhansi and she is still considered one of the greatest and most important heroines from the first war for Indian freedom from British rule.
A true rebel
She rebelled against the British Empire when they tried to access her territory, and fought against her oppressors on the battlefield on horseback, carrying her on child strapped to her back. Unfortunately, she was killed in battle
Ching Shih was a girl that was abducted by pirates‘ right at the beginning of the 17thcentury. She ended up marrying the ship’s captain, Cheng I. When Cheng died she became their leader and became the captain of her own fleet (1800 ships!)
A great captain
She is known through history from leading between 40,000 and 80,000 pirates and she is also the most successful pirate from all times. She fought the Chinese Imperial Navy, Portuguese Navy, and the Royal British Navy
Lyudmila Pavlichenko is the most important and successful female sniper in human history. Initially, she wasn’t able to get into the Red Army because she was a woman, but she ended up killing more than 300 people on WWII.
Virginia Hall was known as the „most dangerous of all Allied spies“ by the Germans, she was even called „The Limping Lady“ by them because she had a leg made of wood.
She worked as a spy for more than 30 years. She worked with the OSS (the organization that came before the CIA). After the War, she was the only woman to get a recognition due to her service.
Nancy Wake was the other famous allied spy during WWII. Her job was so helpful that she saved more than 200 allied pilots by avoiding letting them fall into the power of Nazi Germany’s penal system.
She survived and had to endure over 4 days of interrogations made by the Gestapo, she managed to destroy Nazi supply depot. Somehow, she also managed to kill SS Stormtrooper with her own hands
Mariya Oktyabrskaya sold all of her stuff to buy a T-34 tank after her husband was murdered while he was fighting Nazis WWII. She gave the tank to the Red Army with the one and only condition that she would be the pilot of it
Khutulun was the great-great-granddaughter of the most famous conqueror and emperor Genghis Khan. Her father taught her the military life, and later she became an incredibly skilled and powerful warrior.
Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician. She worked alongside Charles Babbage and together they created the first idea of The Analytical Engine. Thanks to that, she is known as the first programmer in the world
A war heroine
Milunka Savic was known as a Serbian War hero during WWI and the Balkan Wars. At first, she joined the military by pretending to pass as a man, and she ended up becoming the most decorated female heroines of all times
Kate Sheppard was a woman that fought for women’s rights in New Zealand, and she is also known as the most famous suffragette in the country. She was the leader and responsible for making women’s suffrage a reality in New Zealand
Billie Jean King is not only an American Tennis legend; she also won more than 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in women’s singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles.
The British Are Coming!
Sybil Ludington was not only the daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington; she was also a popular and successful heroine from the American Revolutionary War. She became popular when she got to ride twice the distance than any other male from the army
Eliska Junkova was a Czechoslovakian racer. Not only she dared to be part of a sport that was always made for men, she also was able to compete within. She is known as the greatest female driver in Grand Prix history.
Vive La Resistance
Simone Segouin was a French woman who was part of the resistance and worked really hard to liberate France from Nazi Germany. One of her most famous acts consisted of stealing a bicycle from Nazi
Small Carbon Footprint
Rachel Carson was an American scientist dedicated to the environment and biology. She challenged the world with her book Silent Spring, a movement that meant the advance of the global environmentalism
Irena Sendler was a dedicated and passionate Polish nurse that was in charge of the administration of the Polish Underground in Poland during the WWII. She saved more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust
Eileen Collins is a former NASA astronaut and an Air Force Colonel. She is the first known female pilot and first female leader of a space shuttle. She spent 38 days, 8 hours, and 20 minutes in space.
Mary Harris Jones, commonly known as „Mother Jones“ was an American teacher. Her work was mostly dedicated to organizing labor unions in order to help and protect the rights of miners.
Sabiha Gokcen was the first female Turkish pilot that participated in combat, and she was only 23 years old when she became part of the military. The two international airports located in Istanbul are named after her.
She is only known as the Woman Chief (or even Pine Leaf), but what we know for sure is that she was a warrior and the leader of the Crow People. She was an incredible and adept hunter, apart from being a military leader.
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a poet that used to live in Mexico City. Most of her poetry was a bit saucy, to say the least, especially from a nun. She is still considered as one of the greatest daring poets of all times
The Mirabal sisters (named Patria, Minerva, and Maria) were revolutionaries ladies that dared to oppose against the dictator Rafael Trujillo. They are still known nowadays as the icons of resistance
Raden Ajeng Kartini was a lady that was quite passionate when it comes to fighting for women’s emancipation and education in Indonesia. She is mostly known for becoming Indonesia’s first feminist
Red Blooded American
Ida B. Wells was a journalist, suffragist, and activist. When three of her best friends were killed back in 1892, she started an investigation and wrote everything about it in a newspaper that she opened called The Free Speech
Artemisia Gentileschi was an incredibly talented and skilled painter from the Baroque era, something that was almost impossible to achieve back then where women weren’t even able to study in art academies
The Original Mulan
Tomoe Gozen was a fearful and strong samurai warrior. She became famous for being a skilled archer; people called her a „warrior worth a thousand.“ She was also part of the Onna-Bugeisha, a group of female samurai warriors
Yaa Asantewaa was a leader of the opposition against the war against British Colonialism in what we know nowadays as Ghana. She was a popular warrior queen while being a 60-year-old grandmother!
Hair To The Throne
CJ Walker the first female millionaire within the United States of America. She made her money on the hair care industry that was all made for African-American women. She was also known for donating most of her money to several causes
AEthelflaed, Lady of the Mercians was known as a warrior queen, and she took the leadership of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom right after her husband was killed. She fought over against tons of Viking invasions.
A Pirate’s Life For Me
Jeanne de Clisson was the wife of an English man that was beheaded as the terrible collateral damage from the war between England and France. Angry by this, she bought a ship with all her money, and became a pirate; fighting against every French ship she crossed paths