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9 women that changed the world

Mar 07, 2014 - en.wikipedia.org - 66
Joan of Arc

What can you say about a seventeen-year-old girl who takes a disheartened army and rallies it to victory in the face of overwhelming odds? Her story is one of those rare events in history that not even the most imaginative novelist could have conjured up, but which actually happened. Joan of Arc, a young girl born to simple farmers in the tiny village of Domremy, managed to defeat a well-trained British Army and make herself a member of the royal court in just one year- all the while dressed in white armor and surviving multiple injuries.

Mar 07, 2014 - nobelprize.org - 64
Marie Curie 1867–1934

This physicist was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize — she actually won it twice — and the first woman to earn a doctorate in Europe. Her investigations led to the discovery of radioactivity as well as the element radium

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Mother Teresa 1910–1997

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counseling programmes; orphanages; and schools.

Mar 07, 2014 - en.wikipedia.org - 56
Amelia Earhart

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.[3][N 2] She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record

Mar 07, 2014 - en.wikipedia.org - 76
Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

Mar 07, 2014 - en.wikipedia.org - 76
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement"

Mar 07, 2014 - en.wikipedia.org - 63
Cleopatra

Cleopatra remains a popular figure in Western culture. Her legacy survives in numerous works of art and the many dramatizations of her story in literature and other media.

Mar 07, 2014 - en.wikipedia.org - 54
Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale, was a celebrated British social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

Mar 07, 2014 - en.wikipedia.org - 76
Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross; 1820 - March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made more than nineteen missions to rescue more than 300 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.