There is a need to regularly remind ourselves about people who by their lives, actions and thought helped create whatever good we have in our world, lest we should forget these people and their contributions. For this purpose, we have curated a list of 12 women who have made a positive impact on the world and in doing so changed our world for the better.
Fiercest Women Who Changed The World:-
1. Sybil Ludington
Sybil Ludington, the daughter of militia leader Colonel Henry Ludington was merely 16-year-old when she performed an astonishing feat of heroism. During the night of April 26, 1777, Ludington rode roughly 40 miles to warn militiamen about the arrival of British troops. Her journey, much like Paul Revere’s similar journey, helped the military prepare for battle. The most remarkable thing is Ludington was less than half the age of Paul Revere when she performed this heroic act and her journey was twice longer than Paul’s Journey.
2. Claudette Colvin
Claudette Colvin challenged the infamous Montgomery segregated bus system when she was only 15-year-old. On March 2, 1955, Claudette Colvin was riding the bus home from school when she was asked to leave her seat for a white passenger. She refused. It happened nine months before Rosa Parks would do the same.
3. Jane Addams
Jane Addams devoted her life to abolish child labor, ensuring safe work environments in factories, limit the working hours of women, establish juvenile courts, and making attendance in school necessary. She also founded the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and served its precedency from 1919 to her eventual death in 1935.
4. Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr was one of the most beautiful actresses of her time. But that’s not her whole story. Besides being a beautiful actress, she was also an A-rated inventor. Lamarr created the method of “frequency hopping” that was used during world war 2 for secret communication. Lamarr’s method of “frequency hopping” was instrumental in the development of later wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
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5. Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin decided to become a scientist at the age of 15. Despite her father’s disapproval, she went to college and received a doctorate in chemistry. Franklin developed a ground-breaking X-ray image of DNA also known as photo 51. But another scientist Maurice Wilkins took the credit for it. Franklin also single-handedly formed the foundation of virology by seriously studying the tobacco mosaic virus and polio.
6. Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Babe Didrikson Zaharias, popularly known as simply “Babe,” gained national fame in 1932. In 1932, she participated in the U.S. women’s track and field championship as the only member of her team. In the championship, though she was competing as the sole member of her team during various team events, she succeeded in winning the whole championship. She went on to deliver similar astonishing athletic performances in her life. She was chosen “Female Athlete of the Year” six times by the associated press.
7. Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth lived a heroic and courageous life that inspired many later social reformers. She was born in Swartekill, New York into slavery. Owing to her resourcefulness and luck she managed to free herself from slavery by escaping with her infant daughter. She was a pioneer in Women’s rights activism.
8. Jeannette Rankin
Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to get elected to Congress in 1916. She served two terms in the house and was the only member of congress that opposed America’s involvement in the two world wars. Rankin helped in the formation of the “Jeannette Rankin Brigade,” to oppose the Vietnam war.
9. Chien-Shiung Wu
Chien-Shiung Wu was born in Liu Ho, China in 1912. She played an important part in the Manhatten Project. Wu, together with two other theoretical physicists Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang, helped to disprove the 30-year-old law of conservation of parity in physics.
10. Marsha P. Johnson
11. Sylvia Rae Rivera
Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rae Rivera were LGBTQ activists who played a key role in the gay-rights movement. In the early 1970s, Johnson and Rivera co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). STAR worked with homeless or runaway trans genders and persecuted drag queen women.
12. Lizzie Susan Stebbing
Lizzie Susan Stebbing was an influential British Philosopher. She belonged to the Cambridge school of philosophy of the 1930’s era. She helped found the philosophy journal Analysis in 1933, which is still one of the most important philosophy journals today. Stebbing was the first female president of Humanists UK and also the first woman to hold a philosophy chain in the UK.
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