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Influential Women in World History

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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.

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The story of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai told by The Times's Adam B. Ellick, who made a 2009 documentary about her before she was an international star. To view that documentary on The Times's website, click here: http://nyti.ms/199W2b7 Read the related story here: http://nyti.ms/1agwoBK Subscribe to the Times Video newsletter for free and get a handpicked selection of the best videos from The New York Times every week: http://bit.ly/timesvideonewsletter Subscribe on YouTube: http://bit.ly/U8Ys7n Watch more videos at: http://nytimes.com/video --------------------------------------------------------------- Want more from The New York Times? Twitter: https://twitter.com/nytvideo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nytimes Google+: https://plus.google.com/+nytimes/ Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch. On YouTube. The Making of Malala Yousafzai: Story of Girl Shot in Taliban Attack http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNewYorkTimes
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In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks was jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city's racial segregation laws. Subscribe for more Mini Bios: http://bit.ly/1avbyjK Learn more about famous African-American figures who broke down barriers in our Black History playlist: http://bit.ly/1afQsr2 From pianists to presidents, learn it all in our Mini Bios playlist: http://bit.ly/1dM6ts3 Check out more bios and full episodes: http://bit.ly/1ebOUOC Like the official Biography Channel Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1g3yj3U Follow Biography Channel on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1ar0RNv Check out exclusive content on Google+: http://bit.ly/163BpLz Don't miss out on great merchandise: http://bit.ly/GIrftp
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Watch a short video biography of Amelia Earhart, including her early years, her solo flight across the Atlantic, her relationship with George P. Putnam, and her disappearance in 1937. Watch more Amelia Earhart Biography video http://bit.ly/YKrusS Read more about Amelia Earhart on BIO.com http://bit.ly/UwQ8Ij After a plane ride at an air show, Amelia Earhart decided she would learn to fly. After becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, she set out to fly around the world. On June 1st, 1937, embarked on her flight around the world and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.
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Full video from the Lowy Institute available at: http://fora.tv/2013/11/28/in_conversation_with_daw_aung_san_suu_kyi Daw Aung San Suu Kyi lays out priorities for Burma if she is elected as President.
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Writer, educator and activist Maya Angelou talks to TIME about her unusual relationship with her mother, why she likes guns, and why she has written seven autobiographies.
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Biography of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her proactive campaigning for husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, for his policies and programs unlike her predecessors.
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Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera​, 1931, oil on canvas, 39-3/8 x 31 inches More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=n2HWkDrorRg or 100.01 x 78.74 cm (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker Painted in San Francisco during the artist's first trip outside of Mexico. She accompanied her husband Diego Rivera who was painting in the United States and would, at the end of the year, be the subject of a retrospecive at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The banderole carried by the bird above the artist states: Here you see us, me, Frieda Kahlo​, with my beloved husband Diego Rivera, I painted these portraits in the beautiful city of San Francisco, California, for our friend Mr. Albert Bender, and it was the month of April of the year 1931. Note: Kahlo changed her German name, Frieda, to Frida.
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A short biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. She married heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on July 29, 1981. They had two sons and later divorced in 1996. Diana died in a car crash after trying to escape the paparazzi in Paris on the night of August 30, 1997. Subscribe for more Mini Bios: http://bit.ly/1avbyjK Watch the Royalty play list on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRlmwKnv77HpBW0n9DnWth0hMhFKjcoNH From pianists to presidents, learn it all in our Mini Bios playlist: http://bit.ly/1dM6ts3 Check out more bios and full episodes: http://bit.ly/1ebOUOC Like the official Biography Channel Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1g3yj3U Follow Biography Channel on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1ar0RNv Check out exclusive content on Google+: http://bit.ly/163BpLz Don't miss out on great merchandise: http://bit.ly/GIrftp
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The Afghan presidential election is underway, and there's hope in the air. The economy will only get back on its feet once stability has returned to the war-torn country, but setting up businesses is still fraught with risk. Nonetheless, an increasing number of women are rising to the challenge. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/global-3000/s-11487-9798
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AVP of Dr. Fe del Mundo for BTCA Awarding Ceremonies last Aug. 27, 2008.
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In building its significant history, Christianity was recently called out for failing to include many of its key players, specifically the female ones. In building its significant history, Christianity was recently called out for failing to include many of its key players, specifically the female ones. The University of Manchester's Professor Kate Cooper immersed herself in a 5-year research project in an effort to give these women their rightful places in history. The scholar and author points out that prior to the Roman Emperor Constantine's taking up the religion in 313 AD, Christianity wasn't associated with any larger institution. It was then that the established male leaders in the empire began to assume the major roles in the practice and spread of the religion. Before that, women were free to -- and did -- have significant roles in the practice and expansion of Christianity. Among them was Perpetua of Carthage who chose death over denouncing her faith in spite of the wishes of her father. According to Cooper, the journal Perpetua wrote while in prison awaiting her execution is a far cry from the image of woman Christianity promotes today. Included in the matters explored in her book Band of Angels Cooper traces how it happened that Christian female ideals morphed from Perpetua's activism and martyrdom to an emphasis on domesticity and chastity.
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What does it say about our system that one person can make such an impact? Question: What impact has your friendship with Oprah had on you? John Legend:  Well I wouldn't call Oprah and I close friends. She's been really helpful to me, and I have so much respect for her. I've had the opportunity to spend time with her a few times, and I think she's one of the most amazing individuals in the world, truly. She's done so much good for the world, and she's been so successful, and she represents herself and, frankly, she represents Black people really well. She's someone that we are really proud of. And I'm proud to be associated with her. I'm proud that she loves my music enough to recommend it to her fans, and it means something. And I think she's a great example of someone who has been very careful with her brand, and has a name that actually means something. That when she associates herself with something, it carries weight. And how many people can say that? It's really impressive, and I'm proud that she's decided that my music is something that she really loves, and that she finds worth recommending to people. Recorded on: Jan 29, 2008 Question: What impact has your friendship with Oprah had on you? John Legend:  Well I wouldn't call Oprah and I close friends. She's been really helpful to me, and I have so much respect for her. I've had the opportunity to spend time with her a few times, and I think she's one of the most amazing individuals in the world, truly. She's done so much good for the world, and she's been so successful, and she represents herself and, frankly, she represents Black people really well. She's someone that we are really proud of. And I'm proud to be associated with her. I'm proud that she loves my music enough to recommend it to her fans, and it means something. And I think she's a great example of someone who has been very careful with her brand, and has a name that actually means something. That when she associates herself with something, it carries weight. And how many people can say that? It's really impressive, and I'm proud that she's decided that my music is something that she really loves, and that she finds worth recommending to people. Recorded on: Jan 29, 2008