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Whether these famous females were inventors, scientists, leaders, politicians, or literal Queens, these 12 strong women undeniably changed the world for the better. The famous women in this list are remembered for being the rule-breakers and pioneers that showed their male peers what it means to be role models. The OG rom-com queen, Jane Austen defined an entire literary genre with her shrewd social observations and wit.

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Born into a family of eight children in England, Austen started writing her now classic novels, such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibilityin her teens. Her literary influence remains and the themes and lessons from her novels still hold up today. A 12 year old Anne Frank doing her homework.

The family hid in a secret annex with four other people throughout the war but were discovered and sent to concentration camps in The Diary of Anne Frank has been translated into almost 70 languages and is an intimate portrayal of one of the most inhumane moments in history and is able to educate us on the universal human qualities of emotion, passion, love, hope, desire, fear and strength.

Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women in American history and was a poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, whose award-winning memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

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Angelou had a difficult childhood. As a black woman growing up in Stamps, Arkansas, Maya experienced racial prejudices and discrimination all throughout her life.

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The incident traumatised Angelou to the point that she became a virtual mute for many years. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as well as her other works have been one of the loudest voices in the civil rights movement, and explore subjects such as identity, rape, racism, and literacy, and illustrate how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.

The Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I painted in It might seem like ancient history now, but Queen Elizabeth I is one of the most successful monarchs in British historyand under her, England became a major European power in politics, commerce and the arts.

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Elizabeth had a rocky road to the throne and technically should never have been allowed to reign, both because she was a woman and because her mother was Anne Boleyn, the much-hated ex-wife of Henry VIII. However, Elizabeth I proved all the naysayers wrong and has become one of the greatest female leaders.

Portrait of Catherine the Great painted in Stuck in a loveless marriage to the King of Russia, Catherine orchestrated a coup to overthrow her wildly unpopular husband Peter III, and then named herself Empress of the Russian Empire in Catherine is credited for modernising Russia and established the first state-funded school for girls, reeled back the power of the church within the state and encouraged the development of the economy, trade and the arts. She is also known for her healthy sexual appetitehaving numerous lovers right up until her death who she would often gift with an abundance of jewels and titles before sending them on their way to make room for their replacement.

InTruth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter Sophia, but her other two children had to be left behind. Rosa Parks was on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama inwhen the bus driver asked her to stand up and give her seat to a white man. Parks, a black seamstress, refused and in doing so sparked an entire civil rights movement in America. InAlabama was still governed by segregation laws and had a policy for municipal buses where white citizens only were allowed to sit in the front, and black men and women had to sit in the back. On December 1 stthere were no more seats left in the white section, so the bus conductor told the four black riders to stand and give the white man a whole row.

Three obeyed, Parks did not. Parks was subsequently arrested, and her actions sparked a wave of protests across America.

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Malala Yousafzai displays her medal and diploma during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony in Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan on July 12, Yousafzai moved to the UK where she has become a fierce presence on the world stage and became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize inat 17 years old. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Polish-born Marie Curie was a pioneering physicist and scientist, who coined the term radioactivity, discovered two new elements radium and polonium and developed a portable x-ray machine.

Currie was the first person not woman who has won two separate Noble Prizes, one for physics and another for chemistry, and to this day Curie is the only person, regardless of gender, to receive Noble prizes for two different sciences. Currie faced near constant adversity and discrimination throughout her careeras science and physics was such a male-dominated field, but despite this, her research remains relevant and has influenced the world of science to this day. Lovelace was born into privilege as the daughter of a famously unstable romantic poetLord Byron who left her family when Ada was just 2 months old and Lady Wentworth.

Ada was a charming woman of society who was friends with people such as Charles Dickensbut she is most famous for being the first person ever to publish an algorithm intended for a computer, her genius being years ahead of her time. We ask for neither more nor less than that. Her mother died while giving birth when Cowan was just seven years old, and her father was accused and then convicted of murdering his second wife when she was 15 and was subsequently executed.

During her time in parliament Cowan pushed through legislation which allowed women to be involved in the legal professionpromoted migrant welfare and sex education in schools and placed mothers on equal position with fathers when their children died without having made a will.

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When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. Amelia Earhart stands in front of her bi-plane called 'Friendship' in Newfoundland on June 14, Amelia Earhart was the definition of a rule breaker. An American aviator who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the US, Amelia was a pioneering aviator and a true female trailblazer.

Earhart refused to be boxed in by her gender from a young age, born in Kansas in Amelia played basketball growing up, took auto repair courses and briefly attended college. InEarhart began flying lessons and quickly became determined to receive her pilot'spassing her flight test in December Earhart set multiple aviation records, but it was her attempt at being the first person to circumnavigate the globe which led to her disappearance and pd death.

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In JulyEarhart disappeared somewhere over the Pacific, and was declared dead in absentia in Her plane wreckage has never been found and to this day, her disappearance remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. Portrait of Jane Austen circa Maya Angelou in Sojourner Truth. Rosa Parks mug shot. Marie Curie in Edith Cowan. Milly Haddrick Milly is a freelance journalist who devours all news, from the latest in Australian politics to Meghan and Harry's cutest couple moments.

Milly is a devout tea enthusiast who's a firm believer in quality downtime, her weekends are usually spent exploring a new cafe with a nice cuppa and the crossword. Get more from Marie Claire.

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