I watched The Battle Of The Sexes the other day and it got me thinking. This movie is about a tennis player Billie Jean King who proved to many American men in the 70s that the skill does not depend on the gender, women can be just as good athletes as men. The sad thing is that I never even heard about Billie King, just as I don’t know much about many other amazing women who changed history and got us where we are today. To fix that, I decided to make a list of legendary women who had the biggest impact on the world.
Diana, the Rebel Princess
Diana, Princess of Wales, will always be the world’s sweetheart. The woman whose death shattered the whole world. After all these years the mere thought of her brings tears to my eyes. Diana had a remarkable life, she had this unstoppable drive for helping people. I can say that her charity work had a great impact on the world we live in today. She taught us so much about love, family, and kindness.
It’s no wonder Sheldon idolises Marie Curie so much. This woman made a lot of groundbreaking discoveries. She developed the initial theories of radioactivity, discovered polonium and radium elements, and developed the mobile x-ray units for hospitals that were used during World War I.
She was one of the first African-American women working at NASA. Being a walking calculating machine, she managed to calculate the orbital mechanics that helped navigate the first U.S crewed spaceflight. She basically helped send the first men to the moon.
This is the woman who refused to stand up and give her seat to a white person on the bus. Her protest started the civil rights movement across America. As a result, African-Americans gained equal rights in the 1970s. Interesting fact: Barack Obama became the first African-American US president four years after she died in 2005.
Rosalind Franklin unveiled the secret of life. She was the one who discovered the double helix structure of DNA. Genetic engineering, test-tube babies, definition of heredity, it’s all now possible thanks to her.
Marie Stopes brought all women the opportunity to plan their pregnancies by introducing them to contraception. Together with her husband, she set up the first birth control clinic in working-class area in London.
Amelia Earhart was an American pilot who broke multiple speed and flying records. In June 1937 she started her round the world flight, but went missing somewhere near Howland Island, Pacific, on 2 July. Her disappearance still remains one of the world’s unsolved mysteries.
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist, feminist and LGBTQ advocate. Her art was unique and recognizable, it was an essential part of her identity. Being injured in a terrible accident, suffering from chronic pain and confined to bed for the rest of her life, Frida finds comfort in art. She’s been a great inspiration for millions of people ever since.
Mary Wollstonecraft is considered to be one of the first feminists because of her unorthodox views on life, namely the ideas of how a woman should live. She believed that women are just as smart and intelligent as men, and deserve to go to universities to get an education. Men are no more superior than women. This is the gender equality at its very roots.
The fashion icon. Coco Chanel liberated women in terms of fashion and style standards.There were no more corseted silhouettes. She redesigned men clothes to make them benefit women. Her revolutionary ideas now dictate women’s fashion standards.