Across generations, there have been women who were trailblazers and catalysts of change. Some of their stories may be familiar to us. But there are also little known tales and heroes who have left their own indelible marks in this world. Here are just some of the many inspiring women of all time.
Amelia Mary Earhart
Amelia Earhart was a renowned American aviator. Among her many lists of accomplishments, she is best known as the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. There is also a great mystery surrounding her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 as she was attempting to fly around the world.
Clarissa Harlowe Barton, best known as Clara Barton, was a nurse and educator. She was the founder of the American Red Cross. She served as a nurse in a hospital during the American Civil War.
Harriet Tubman was born as a slave. She was an American abolitionist who helped fleeing slaves by serving as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. She was not only responsible in helping slaves escape but also served as a spy and a nurse during the Civil War.
Born Margaret Louise Higgins, Margaret Sanger was an educator and reproductive rights activists. She paved the way for the founding of the Planned Parenthood movement and was responsible for popularizing birth control.
Marie Curie, born Maria Sklodowska, was a physicist. She was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize not just once. In 1903, she was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics. She was then awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1911. These prestigious and trailblazing awards were on top of the many accomplishments and recognitions she received throughout her life.
Rosa Parks was an activist. She became a symbol of the American Civil Rights and her subsequent arrest for refusing to give up her seat in a bus to a white passenger triggered a series of bus boycotts that became part of the movement on American civil rights.