Women have been breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings for centuries, and this Women's Day provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the trailblazers who have made an impact in various fields. From science and technology to politics and activism, these women have challenged societal norms and paved the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps. Here are just a few examples of some influential women who have made a lasting impact:

Marie Curie (1867-1934)

Marie Curie was a pioneering physicist and chemist who made ground-breaking discoveries in the field of radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different fields (Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911). Her work laid the foundation for many future scientific advancements, including nuclear energy and cancer treatment.

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)

Amelia Earhart was a pioneering aviator who set many aviation records, including being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was a champion for women's rights and believed that women should have the same opportunities as men in all aspects of life. Her disappearance while attempting to fly around the world in 1937 remains a mystery to this day.

Malala Yousafzai (born 1997)

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for girls' education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She gained international attention after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban for speaking out about the importance of education for girls. She continues to advocate for girls' education and human rights around the world.

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer who is credited with being the first computer programmer. She worked with Charles Babbage on his "analytical engine," an early mechanical computer, and wrote a series of notes that explained how the machine could be programmed to perform various tasks. Her work laid the foundation for modern computer programming.

Greta Thunberg (born 2003)

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who gained international attention for her youth-led climate strikes and calls for urgent action to address climate change. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has become a leading voice in the fight against climate change.

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist who became known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" after refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger. Her act of defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and became an iconic moment in the fight for racial equality in the United States.

Jane Goodall (born 1934)

Jane Goodall is a British primatologist and anthropologist who is known for her ground-breaking research on chimpanzees. She has spent decades studying chimpanzee behaviour and has made significant contributions to our understanding of their social lives and intelligence. She is also a leading advocate for animal welfare and environmental conservation.

Susie Wolff (born 1982)

Susie Wolff is a retired Scottish racing driver who was the first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years. She competed in various racing series and was also a test driver for several Formula One teams. After retiring from racing, she founded Dare to Be Different, an organisation that aims to inspire and empower women in motorsports.

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou was an American poet, author, and civil rights activist who is best known for her memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." She was a prolific writer and her works explored themes of identity, race, and gender. She was also a leading voice in the Civil Rights Movement and worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr.

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)

Emmeline Pankhurst was a British suffragette who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. She founded the Women's Social and Political Union, which advocated for women's right to vote through direct action and civil disobedience. Her activism helped secure voting rights for women in the United Kingdom.

Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She founded the Green Belt Movement, an organisation that focused on planting trees, promoting environmental conservation, and empowering women. Her work had a significant impact on environmental policy and helped empower women in Kenya.

Kalpana Chawla (1961-2003)

Kalpana Chawla was an Indian-American astronaut who became the first woman of Indian origin to go to space. She served as a mission specialist on the space shuttle Columbia and tragically lost her life during the shuttle's re-entry. She inspired generations of women to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Junko Tabei (1939-2016)

Junko Tabei was a Japanese mountaineer who became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. She also became the first woman to climb the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each of the seven continents. She inspired women around the world to pursue their dreams and break down gender barriers in male-dominated fields.


These examples are just a few of the many figures who have made a significant impact on the lives and experiences of women globally. From tireless advocates and fearless activists to inspired and determined leaders, these influential women have long served as a presence of strength and empowerment. As we strive to create meaningful change and increased equality in a world fraught with injustice, we must remember and honour the groundbreaking leadership that influential women have provided.

In some way, shape or form, they have motivated and inspired generations of people to stand up and continue the fight for justice and equal rights throughout the world. Their courage, determination, and achievements continue to empower
 people around the world. 

Today, let us honor and celebrate these remarkable women, and commit to advancing gender equality and empowering women to achieve their full potential in every aspect of life.

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