It is important to highlight the important contributions influential women have made to humankind. Here is a list of famous women who have made an impact in the world.

  • Malala Yousafzai is a nineteen year old Pakistani woman who defied threats of the Taliban to advocate for girl’s and women’s right to education. She was shot in the head by the Taliban and survived, and has since become a global activist for women’s rights.
  • J.K. Rowling is a British author best known for authoring the Harry Potter series. One of her most noteworthy actions was when she gave up her Forbes list billionaire status by donating one hundred sixty million to charitable causes. She also founded Lumos, a charity which helps children in Eastern Europe who are disenfranchised or institutionalized.
  • Benasir Bhutto was the first woman Prime Minister of a Muslim country. She assisted in moving Pakistan from a dictatorship to a democracy. She advocated for social reform, particularly helping women and the poor. After having survived a previous assassination attempt, she was killed in 2007 by a gunshot wound.
  • Billie Jean King is a retired American tennis player. She was hailed one of the greatest tennis champions and also battled for equal pay for women. She won sixty seven professional titles.
  • Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan-born environmentalist, women’s rights campaigner and pro-democracy activist. She received a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in preventing conflict through protection of scarce resources.
  • Anne Frank was a Dutch-Jewish author who inspired the world by writing her story of the Nazi occupation of Germany and near-eradication of Jews. Because of her diary, that was published as a book in 1947, people worldwide were able to learn about what life was like as a persecuted Jew during World War II.
  • Betty Friedan was a leading feminist figure in the early 1960’s. She authored The Feminine Mystique, a book challenging traditional roles of women in society. She also co-founded the National Organization for Women in 1966 and fought for women’s rights and abortion laws.