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Top 10 Most Influential Women in History

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They are no longer with us, but these incredible women have changed the way we live forever. Read on to discover these women activists, scientists, musicians, and humanitarian workers who have entered history as the most influential females, and to receive a great dose of inspiration. 

·      Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan) 

Benazir Bhutto was born in Karachi, Pakistan on June 21, 1956. She entered human history as the first woman to hold the post of Prime Minister in an Islamic country in 1988 after her brilliant victory in the Pakistani elections. Unfortunately, this lady who influenced several political leaders in the world was assassinated on December 27, 2007. 

·      Sirimavo Bandaranaike (Sri Lanka) 

Sirimavo Bandaranaike is no longer with us in this world, but humanity will long remember this lady who was the first woman in history to be appointed head of government. This brave lady was Prime Minister of Sri Lanka between 1960 and 1965, then from 1970 to 1977 before being awarded a third term from 1994 to 2000. Sirimavo Bandaranaike died on October 10, 2000. 

·      Elizabeth Blackwell (USA – Great Britain) 

Born in February 1821 in England, Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to obtain a medical degree. Died on May 31, 1910, at the age of 89, she will also be the first female personality to join the Order of Physicians in England. 

·      Junko Tabei (Japan) 

Born in 1939 in Fukushima, Japan, Junko Tabei has marked the world by becoming the first woman to climb the 8,848 meters of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. After several days of adventure, the Japanese mountaineer crossed the summit of Mount Everest on May 16, 1975. Sadly, she left this world on October 20, 2016, at the age of 77. 

·      Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) 

This brave activist for feminism is the youngest person to have received the Nobel Peace Prize since her institution. Fully committed to the fight for the emancipation of women and the right to education for all, she was close to death in October 2012 during an attack. Two years later, at the age of 17, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight in favor of the emancipation of the female gender. 

·      Marie Curie (France) 

Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie is a famous Polish scientist who later was named French. She made history by becoming the first female figure to receive a Nobel Prize for her scientific research. With her husband, Pierre Curie, she was also the first lady to receive the Davy medal in 1903. 

·      Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma) 

Aung San Suu Kyi is the biggest opposition figure in Burma, awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. Designated winner of the general elections in 1990, the military dictatorship in power allowed her to win. Incarcerated for her opposition to the ruling military junta, she was released in 2010 under pressure from the international community. Elected as a Member of Parliament in 2012, she now holds the office of Minister of Foreign Affairs and also serves as a spokesperson for the Presidency in her country. 

·      Marilyn Monroe (USA) 

The image of Marilyn Monroe is today inseparable from American culture because her ideas and her vision of art continue to inspire certain actresses even today. Despite a less glamorous love life, Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most influential women in history. She was a legend and a strong female figure recognized all over the world. No matter whether you prefer older women or like younger women dating, everyone will agree that she was the most striking beauty of her time. 

·      Mother Teresa (Albania – India) 

Humanity still regrets the disappearance of Mother Teresa who influenced the world by the sheer force of love she had for her neighbor. The ideals of peace and love of the Holy Catholic, who died in September 1997 in Calcutta, continue to influence many people. 

·      Rosa Parks (USA) 

Humanity will long remember the story of this brave American lady who will remain a strong symbol in the fight against racial segregation in the United States. Rosa Parks marked the world during the symbolic day of December 1, 1955, in Alabama when she refused to give way to a white man on a bus in Montgomery. Her action was the start of a long struggle for equal rights between blacks and whites in the United States. Rosa Parks, the symbol of the black struggle, died on October 24, 2005, at the age of 92. 

·      Indira Gandhi (India) 

Indira Gandhi remains to this day the only woman to have occupied the post of Prime Minister in India. Despite an often controversial policy, her reigning has allowed India to significantly increase its influence on the Asian continent. Under her leadership, India also developed its nuclear programs. 

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