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IN History & Culture ON 29 Jan, 2016
There are many women who excelled in science, acting, technology, engineering, and politics. Sometimes, we owe our lives and decent living conditions because of their efforts.
Here are 9 historical women who positively influenced the lives of people even beyond their lifetime.
Juana was a woman from Mexico who self-learned how to read at 3 years old. By 6 years old, Juana already knew how to write and sew. When she grew up, she decided to stay at a monastery to study more. In the end, she was a poet and a scientist whose works are still read today.
The beautiful Eleanor was the wife of not just one, but two kings. She also had three crowns, but her second husband put her into prison because the king's love for her was becoming weak. Eleanor was freed 16 years later by her son; she grew older than eight of her children.
The Mirabal sisters were composed of Maria Teresa, Minerva, and Patria. They are women who struggled for freedom and democracy against their Dominican leader named Rafael Trujillo. The government assassinated them on November 1960, but their deaths led to massive protests. After six months, the Trujillo regime fell. Because of the Mirabal sisters, November 25 became the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Nancy Wake was a French Resistance agent who was both working in the field and as a recruiter. She was so skilled in martial arts that she was once killed a Nazi using only her hands. Nancy died in 2011 at the age of 98, after she was given many medals and recognition.
Lilian Bland made her own airplane when she heard a man saying that women cannot be adept at technology. Her airplane reached 100 feet up in the air, even though she had no prior experience and knowledge about airplanes.
Joan of Arc is perhaps the most familiar name on this list. Joan of Arc was the war chief during the Hundred Years' War. Even if she was burned at the stake, Joan of Arc is still regarded as one of the bravest women in the world.
Tomoe Gozen was a spectacular female samurai. She was the senior officer of Minamoto no Yoshinaka during the Genpei War. Because of her courage, she is still quite popular in anime and drama.
Rosa Luxemberg was against war, and she wrote many articles to denounce war. She was repressed during the First World War, but she continued to become an influential revolutionary. Rosa was killed for her advocacy, but she became a great inspiration to everyone.
Not only Hedy was a successful Hollywood actress, she was also an inventor. Hedy loved science and technology. She patented a radio transmission technology that eventually provided modern society with GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi.
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