12 Most Inspirational Women In the History Who Revolutionized the World
All women are strong and powerful, but some of them dared enough to show their strength to the world, which resulted in their fame. Their efforts sprouted the seeds of freedom, liberation, scientific revolutions, and movements, provoking the long-slept souls of many individuals, who had either forgotten their existence, or had decided to die as slaves.
While it’s arduous to list all the 50 most popular women of all time, here are 12 historic yet most influential, and eminent women privileged from all of those who devoted their lives for the well-being of not only their kind but the kind of human beings.
1. Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr is the ideator behind Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Where most people, might even be you, know Lamarr as “The Most Beautiful Women in Film,” fewer are who know Hedy for her work of “Frequency Hopping—a method that allows the radio transmissions to hop onto numerous frequency channels at lightning speed.”
Such technological innovation made nearly impossible for Nazis to crack down the communicaton among the U.S Navy personnel, but only if they had let it. They didn’t value her discovery until the same module led other innovators to the innovations of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi that revolutionized the world.
2. Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind is the true founder of DNA’s structure and not the traitor Maurice Wilkins. She belonged to a discouraging family, where education for women was as prohibited as sugar for a diabetic patient. Despite such conservational thoughts, Franklin endeavored and went on to become a chemistry doctorate.
Having studied X-Ray techniques for three years, Rosalind led a team in England focused on the revelation of the DNA structure. And the first X-Ray image you now know as Photo 51 was the result of Rosalind and her team’s efforts, which was, then, fraudulently credited to the fabricator Maurice Wilkins, who was the arch rival of Franklin at the same time.
3. Queen Elizabeth I
“The Virgin Queen” is how she used to address herself. Her entire life was a journey of England establishing itself in European political power, arts, and commerce.
She was the daughter of Anne Boleyn, who was hated across England, and was a divorced spouse to her Father Henry VIII.
As a result, Queen Elizabeth I, being a woman, had to put grueling efforts into proving herself and reigning both the throne and England for its betterment.
4. Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth, along with a flock of sheeps, was sold in auction in 1829 for the amount of $100. But ensured no other girl had to be auctioned off, after she, with her newborn daughter, Sophia, broke out free, leaving her two more children behind.
Truth, who was an abolitionist and activist, struggled for the rights of women and African Americans, during which she wrote and delivered “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech in 1851, while addressing the Ohio Women’s Right Convention held in Akron.
5. Marie Curie
Twice the winner of the Nobel Prize in two different disciplines including Chemistry and Physics, Marie Curie is the founder of radioactivity itself, and two radioactive elements named Radium and Polonium.
In addition to that, Marie also invented a portable x-ray machine that could be carried to afar places, and indeed helped thousands of people with their treatment. Should you find winning two Nobel Prizes a facile effort, you should know that Marie Curie is the only human to be awarded with two Nobel Prizes in two different disciplines.
6. Ada Lovelace
Should it be the “Inventor of Programming?” or “Genius Mathematician?”, both would not suffice. It is because Ada Lovelace, being an English and erudite mathematician, is the first and most eligible computer programmer the World has ever known.
After Ada died of cancer at the age of 36, her findings enabled other professionals to look beyond the horizon, and brought computer or software programming into existence, an ideal career for any computer enthusiast today.
7. Harriet Tubman
“Freedom demands your life in the palm of your hand.”
Harriet Tubman gained her freedom by the virtue of an underground railroad that Harriet herself and her family members unblocked. Her freedom turned out to be the cause for the salvation of 300 people that Harriet helped break out of their ambiguous enslavement.
That said, Harriet worked as a spy for the Union when Civil War broke out, and lended a helping hand in freeing as many as 700 people who were enslaved against no crime.
8. Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris is a single daughter to her parents, who are Indian and Jamaican Immigrants.
Elected in 2021, and now serving as the Vice President of America, Kamala Harris, being an Asian-American and a black person, is the first woman to be designated at the honorable position.
Back in 2010, before Kamala was elected as attorney general of California, she used to be a practicing law clerk.
9. Maya Angelou
“I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing” is Maya Angelou’s one of the most beautiful gifts to this World. Because Maya suffered from discrimination and at seven was assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend, her childhood was no less than enslavement.
Such disturbing events had Maya unable to speak for years, where she wrote down her daring, encouraging, and fictionalized autobiography that the World has ever read and listened to.
Being friends with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, Maya Angelou helped and flamed numerous movements that led to incredible results, enabling women to vote for their rights.
Her work “I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing” removed the barriers on her journey to becoming one of the bestseller writers who published many poems, essays, and books.
10. Deborah Sampson
“The woman disguised as Man” will be the right phrase to describe Deborah’s success in serving seventeen months for the Continental Army.
She also helped the war veterans receive their pension, regardless of their gender.
Deborha’s efforts for the U.S veteran war pension aided with providing the recognition that all those war veterans deserved for their services.
11. Helen Keller
Helen Keller, despite being deaf and blind, wrote some of the most remarkable and bestselling literature, 14 to be precise.
Her disability didn’t stop her from securing a bachelor’s degree, or from becoming a disability rights advocate.
Shouldn’t it sound enough, Helen Keller was also a lecturer, and a political activist. She helped many children or adults, regardless of their abilities, prosper and see the true aspect of life.
12. Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary was a devoted educator, and a government official. She served as presidential advisor, and became the cause of revolution in modern civil rights. She was entitled as “The First Lady of the Struggle” for her efforts into reshaping the lives of African Americans that had been disrupted for nearly a century.
Mary was also a philanthropist and a humanitarian, who promoted the acts of kindness that brought those natural smiles on the faces of other people. She ensured that, not only African Americans, but all human beings are provided with the necessities of life such as food, education, and homes.
In short, Mary was a proud daughter of the USA, whose life was all about the rectification of Americans.