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.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Eleanor explained the President's policies to the American people on his behalf. 00:24

  2. She was known as a tenacious and hard-working woman active in politics of her own. 00:59

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Princess Diana became engaged to Prince Charles at age 19. 00:58

  2. Princess Diana had a reputation for being a nontraditional princess, which endeared her to the British public. 02:04

  3. On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana died in a car crash at age 36. 03:43

Written by Curiosity Staff July 7, 2014

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