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The Top 10 Influential Women?

Mar 06 2023

The Top 10 Influential Women?

The Top 10 Influential Women?

Not So Fast! You Just Can’t Stop at 10!

As it is Women’s History Month in the United States, it has been suggested that I compile a list of the top 10 inspirational female leaders or a list of 10 inspiring female pioneers who are making history, or the 10 Most Influential Women of History. But, I must say that I am hard pressed to narrow down any list like that to just 10 women. There have been and are so many amazing women doing so many amazing things. Just walk into any school and be awestruck at the dedication of the teachers, most of whom are women and you will see amazing women in action. And the women I might pick to be the most inspiring might completely overlook the ones you would pick. There are just so many, and so here is a totally random sampling of amazing and influential women, inspirational female leaders in politics, science, the arts from around the world. I apologise to all the many I have left off this list but there really are just too many to list in this blog. Please also note that some of these women are no longer with us but they continue to influence and inspire the world:

Ruby Bridges - At 6 she was the first black child to integrate her elementary school

Nancy Pelosi - Arguably the most effective Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Christine LaGarde - (France) President of the European Central Bank

Jacinda Ardern - Recently retired President of New Zealand

Eleanor Roosevelt - Wife of Pres. Franklin Roosevelt and tireless advocate for human rights

Sojourner Truth - Former American slave and advocate for abolition and human rights

Wangari Maathai - Kenyan, environmental political activist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Ida  B. Wells - American journalist, educator, one of the founders of the NAACP

Harriet Tubman - Escaped slavery and worked in the Underground Railroad in the U.S.

Madeleine Albright - First female U.S. Secretary of State,

Queen Elizabeth II - Longest reigning British monarch, 1952-2022

Jane Goodall - British, conservationist and leading expert on chimpanzees.

Marie Curie - American, Physicist, Chemist, first to win Nobel Prize twice and in 2 categories

Rita Moreno - Puerto Rican, Triple Threat, Presidential Medal of Freedom and EGOT winner

Joan of Arc - Patron Saint of France. Medieval military leader.

Helen Keller - American deaf and blind, author, disability rights advocate, political activist

Oprah Winfrey - American global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress

Malala Yousafzai - Pakistani winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 17. Advocates education for girls

Katharine Graham - American Publisher of the Washington Post

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Africa’s 1st Woman President (Liberia), Nobel Peace Prize winner

Margaret Bourke-White - American Pioneering photojournalist

Dorothea Lange - American, documentary photographer and photojournalist

Hillary Clinton - First Lady, Secretary of State, U.S. Senator

Indira Gandhi - Third Prime Minister of India. Only female Prime Minister of India.

Gloria Steinem - American, writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organiser.

Betty Ford - Wife of U.S. Pres. Gerry Ford. Women’s issues, addiction treatment advocate

Margaret Hamilton - American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner

Cleopatra - Queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, and its last active ruler.

Margaret Sanger - American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse

Greta Thunberg - Swedish environmental activist

Aretha Franklin - American, The Queen of Soul music

Emily Kauʻiomakaweliokauaionalaniokamanookalanipo Kukahiwa Zuttermeister - Hawaiian culture preservationist

Chien-Shiung Wu - Chinese born Wu was a leader in experimental physics

Dolores Huerta - American, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association

Anita Baker - American dancer and singer extraordinaire

Eugenie Clark - The Shark Lady, American ichthyologist

Susan B. Anthony - American social reformer, women's rights and suffrage activist

Sacagawea - Shoshone woman, Native American, guided Lewis and Clark expedition.

Toni Morrison - American author and professor

Isadora Duncan - American, pioneer of modern contemporary dance

Coco Chanel - French fashion designer and businesswoman

Virginia Woolf - English writer, modernist 20th-century authors

Anna Magdalena Bach - German, wife of Johann Sebastien Bach, composer and musician

Pocahontas - Native American daughter of Powhatan the powerful chief of the Powhatans

Maria Callas - American-born Greek soprano opera singer

Queen Latifa - American rapper, actress, and singer

Dolly Parton - American singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman

Martha Graham - American modern dancer and choreographer

Rigoberta Menchú - (Guatemala) indigenous, women’s rights, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

I know each of us personally knows an inspiring woman - your mother, grandmother, your sister, teacher, mentor, or your best friend. And they are mostly unsung heroes and we know they have left at least one story of their amazing generosity, wisdom, kindness, and strength in your mind. As International Women’s Day is upon us, this is an ideal time to honor that woman by sharing with the world what an amazing person she is and how much she has meant to your life. Can you imagine your life without her? What did she teach you? How did she make you stronger or wiser or help you to see your own beauty and strength? How did she bring beauty or love or brilliance into this world? It is never a bad thing to share with the world how someone has inspired you. History Chip is here to provide the platform for you to honor that wonderful woman with your story about her.