The world is filled with examples of great women, who achieved a lot during their lifetime and have led the path for future generations to come. Most people have heard their names, but don’t really know what they did that makes them so important in history. What makes me sad, is that everyone remembers the great men that achieved various things, but only a few people will remember the bright women who broke down the barriers and achieved what no one thought a woman could. Another sad fact is that most of these women belong in the past and we don’t have many contemporary examples of influential women that are outside Hollywood.
1. Marie Curie
Marie Curie did pioneering research on radioactivity and was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize. She also was the first person to win the Prize twice and for two different sciences.
2. Jane Goodall
An anthropologist that has spent 55 years studying the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. In 2002 she was named a UN Messenger of Peace.
3. Elsa Brändström
Elsa was a Swedish nurse, known as the ”Angel of Siberia”, since she devoted her entire life in saving lives and helping the red cross during both World War I and World War II.
4. Amelia Earheart
Amelia was the first ever woman to become an aviator and fly solo across the Altantic Ocean, for which she received the U.S Distinguished Flying Cross.