Being a woman in this day and age is not easy – we all know that. But we must remember that females have been changing the world for a long time now, affecting lives and proving that women can be just as powerful as men – and that’s something we should never forget. As activists, poets, musicians, scientists, doctors, politicians, women have been a positive influence for humanity in a wide array of subjects throughout time. So, in celebration of female strength, leadership, and ability to make the world a better place, let’s take a look at the most empowering women since the start of history:
First, for all you writers and lovers of literature, lets start with Sappho (570 BC). Sappho was one of the first published female writers who was referred to by Plato as one of the greatest poets. Though a lot of her poems have been lost, she has remained as a huge influence for both females and men in the writing world.
Next is the one of the most famous female leaders of all time, Cleopatra (69-30 BC). According to an article published by Biography Online, Cleopatra was not only the last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt, but was a master at communicating and negotiating: “Cleopatra sought to defend Egypt from the expanding Roman Empire. In doing so she formed relationships with two of Rome’s most powerful leaders Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar,” (Biography Online, Women Who Changed the World).
Let’s skip a few years here and recognize Catherine the Great (1729-1796) for being none other than just that – great. As one of the most influential leaders of the eighteenth century, Catherine the Great improved the lives of the Russian serfs, showing her country the importance of art and establishing Russia’s dominance.
Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) is next on this list as she was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in two distinct categories. A Polish & French scientist, Curie was awarded one prize for her research in radioactivity and one for chemistry. She also helped construct the first X ray machines, proving that women can be scientists (and life-changing ones) too.
We could never write a list about the women who’ve changed the world without including Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997), could we? A dedicated nun who devoted her entire life helping others in need, Mother Teresa was truly one of a kind. She was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1979, and to this day remains one of the most admirable, selfless human beings of all time (of both men and women).
Keep in mind, this is just a brief list of all the wonderful women out there who have changed the world. Click here to read Biography Online’s full list of influential women.