For centuries, women were the oppressed gender and they were not allowed the same rights as men. Would you believe there was a time when women did not have the right to an education? However, there were many women who lived their lives in a way that changed the social status of women all around the world and it is because of these women, who stood up to society, that gender equality has improved dramatically.
Standing Up To The Neo-Nazis
This woman was not going to bow down before the Neo-Nazis when she did not want Nazism to be revived. This picture was taken on April 13, 1985 in Växjö, Sweden, showing the woman hitting one of the supporters with her handbag. Her act of courage inspired everyone around her.
Marie Curie is a name that everyone in the scientific community has heard of. She hailed from Poland and is most famous for her work with radioactivity. She won the Nobel Prize twice and is an inspiration for all the women around the world that aim to pursue a career in science.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. The organizer, Jock Semple, realized in the middle of the race that Kathrine Switzer was not a man and tried to tackle her.
Margaret Heafield is another woman who has inspired thousands of women to go into science. She was the Director of Software Engineering for NASA’s Apollo Space Program. This picture was taken in 1969.
In 1963, Russian born Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to ever go into Space. She was on-board the Vostok 6.