While there have been many powerful women throughout history, there are always figures that stand out to us for our own reasons. Although sometimes downplayed by societal standards or gender roles, women have always played a vital role in history. This list of powerful women, in no particular order, explains just how important women are to the world. Let us know which women inspire you in the comments below.
Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist. She is widely known for not giving up her bus seat due to her race.
Eva Peron was the wife of Juan Peron, president of Argentina. She was an advocate for the poor and for women’s rights.
Also known as “The lady with the lamp,” Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in modern nursing. She was also a writer and a statistician.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist. She helped win women the right to vote.
Joan of Arc
A patron saint of France, Joan of Arc is also known as “The Maid of Orléans.” She helped lead her country to several victories during the Hundred Years’ War.
Corazon Aquino was the first woman President of the Phillipines. She brought democracy back to the Phillipines by leading the People Power Revolution.
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony was an American civil rights leader. She helped win women’s suffrage in the United States.
Using the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman helped over 70 people escape slavery. During the American Civil War, she was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a British writer and philospher. She was a strong advocate for women’s rights. She argued the supposed inferiority of women in one of her most famous pieces, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Boudica was queen of the British Iceni tribe. When her husband’s will was not followed after his death by the Roman Emperor, she led an uprising against the Roman Empire.