16 Women Who Were Brave Enough To Change The World Forever

A hero is not always someone who conquered the enemy through sheer force. A hero is not supposed to be limited to a man; there are so many heroines out there that we rarely heard of. These heroines did not go into war nor were they powerful physical fighters. But they were certainly powerful fighters of destiny and the horrible status quo that were ongoing during the times of their lives.

Some of them were not born as healthy and strong as others. Some of them went through horrible childhood moments, but these women became the proof that all of us can be the heroes/heroines that we've always wanted, regardless of whether we are women or men. Even though you will receive repercussions and discrimination from those around you, i.e. your family, know that women across the world are also fighting and rooting for you!

1. Kathrine Switzer was the first officially registered woman to run the Boston Marathon. A representative of the organizers tried to stop her.

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2. Irina Rodnina is the most successful pair skater who is a champion of 3 successive Olympic Games and 10 World Championships. In childhood, she had pneumonia 11 times.

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3. Lella Lombardi is the only woman who scored points in the Formula One World Championship.

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4. Kay D’Arcy had worked all her life as a nurse. At 69 years old, she decided to fulfill her dream to go to Hollywood. She was offered the main role in the Agent 88 series 10 years later.

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5. Smaranda Brăescu is an aviation and parachuting pioneer. She was one of the first women in the world who got a parachuting license.

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6. Laura Bassi was the first female professor at a university and officially allowed to teach.

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7. Julie Creffield was told that she was too fat to run. Now she is a marathon runner, writer, and motivational speaker.

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8. Sofia Kovalevskaya, a female pioneer in mathematics, entered into a bogus marriage in order to go abroad and study at a university.

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9. Joy Mangano, a divorced mother of 3 children, created more than 100 inventions. The most famous of them is the Miracle Mop. Her life was shown in the well-known film Joy, with Jennifer Lawrence playing this great woman.

10. Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to attend an all-white school. She was guarded by US Marshals, put in place by President Dwight Eisenhower.

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