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Influential Women in World History

Influential women can be found at all stages of human history. Women invented the framework for the modern version of wireless internet, created media empires and traveled to the most dangerous corners of the world in humanitarian efforts. Women have risen to the ranks of world leaders, corporate moguls, global activists and renowned artists. Eleanor Roosevelt may have called her husband the president, but she helped create the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNICEF and held women-only press conferences. Princess Diana served as an advocate for victims of AIDS, Marie Curie coined the term "radioactivity" after discovering radium and polonium, and Claudette Colvin was the first woman arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white woman (Rosa Parks was arrested months later for the same offense). Maya Angelou simply had to speak, and the world listened intently. These are just a few of the millions of women who have inspired and influenced the world in ways that have changed history forever.

Still, many prominent women are often left out of history books, and appear in shockingly low numbers in certain areas of study. Why then—if women have played a major role in how our world works today—are their achievements and significance consistently passed over in history? What have you learned from the accomplishments of women? And how can we ensure the successes of future women are appropriately recognized? Check out this playlist as it shines the spotlight on some of the most amazing, influential and hard-working women we've seen yet.

Playlist by
Linze Rice

Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera​, 1931

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Influential Women Left Out of Christianity's History

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Daw Suu's priorities if elected President

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Mini BIO - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Amelia Earhart - Mini Biography

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03:21

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Rosa Parks - Mini Bio

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Mini BIO - Princess Diana

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The Oprah Effect

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10 Questions for Maya Angelou

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Afghan Women Get Busy | Global 3000

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The Making of Malala Yousafzai: Story of Girl Shot in Taliban Attack | The New York Times

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2008 BTCA Awardee - Dr. Fe del Mundo

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