In homage to International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of inspirational ladies who’ve changed the world. Who inspires you? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
Queen Elizabeth I – She was the Queen of England during a time of great economic and social change. During her reign, she witnessed the defeat of the Spanish armada leading Britain to later becoming one of the world’s dominating superpowers. One of her most famous quotes is ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’
Marie Curie – A French-polish physicist and chemist, she was the first woman to be awarded a noble prize, won for the discovery of radium and polonium, and the first person to receive two noble prizes’ paving the way for future generations of female scientist’s.
Emmeline Pankhurst – This passionate feminist dedicated her life to the promotion of women’s rights, and with her three daughters created ‘The woman’s social and political union’, better know as the suffragettes, who helped women win the right to vote.
Rosa Parks – Known as ‘the first lady of civil rights’ after refused to give up her seat on a bus in racially segregated Alabama. This indirectly led to some of the most important civil rights legislations in American history.
Benazir Bhutton – She was the first woman to become president of a Muslim state; she sought to implement social reforms particularly helping women and the poor and during her leadership ended military dictatorship within her country.
Coco Chanel – The French fashion designer was incremental in the revolutionary redesign of the feminine style of the 20th She often took traditional male clothes and restyled them for the benefit of women.
Anna Frank – Her diary is one of the most widely read books in the world and gives a unique insight into life during the holocaust. She was famously quoted “I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything i still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Mother Teresa – An Albanian nun and charity worker became a global icon for selfless service to others and worked tirelessly her whole life helping the poor and dispossessed. She was awarded the noble peace prize in 1979.
Katharine Hepburn – Was an icon of the 20th-century film industry, often played strong-willed women in her films. Living an unconventional non-conformist lifestyle she helped redefine the traditional views of women’s roles in society.
Florence Nightingale – She was significant in changing the public’s perception and the role of nurses, and her dedicated service is thought to of saved many lives with the wide spread improvement of the treatment of wounded soldiers.
Amelia Earhart – Succeeded in becoming the first woman pilot after flying solo from Hawaii to California in 1935.
Billie Jean King – She is one of the greatest female tennis champions winning 20 Wimbledon titles who also battled for equal pay for women. She famously beat Bobby Riggs in 1973 for a $100,000 prize in ‘The battle of the sexes’ after he stated the men were superior athletes.
Malala Yousafzai – The Pakistani schoolgirl that defied threats from the Taliban and survived being shot in the head after protesting for girl’s educational rights.
Elizabeth Blackwell – Was the first woman to receive a medical degree, and be accepted on the medical register. She enabled the breakdown of social barriers and got women accepted as doctors.
Eleanor Roosevelt – Wife of a former president of the USA, in her own right, made a considerable contribution to the field of human rights throughout her life. She helped draft the 1948 UN declaration of human rights as the head of the UN human rights commission.
Jane Austen – During the days when female writers were not encouraged, Jane Austen lead the way for the future of women authors with some of the worlds most well-established romantic novels.
Audrey Hepburn – She was an influential actress of the 1950s and 1960s who put her fame to good use in later life to with humanitarian work as an ambassador for UNICEF.
Marie Stopes – A British scientist that is best known for her work in the fields of birth control and sex education in the 20th century.
Mary Wollstonecraft – The 18th-century writer is remembered as the mother of feminism best know for her most important work the vindication of the rights of women.
George Sand – Was a 19th-century novelist and socialist that shocked the high society circles by wearing male clothes, she also started her own newspaper that was published in the workers co-operative.