TOP 100 GLOBAL WOMEN TRAILBLAZERS
This is a celebration of the remarkable achievements of women legends who have shaped history and a call to action for more progress toward gender equality. We hope that their stories will inspire more women to pursue their dreams and help create a more inclusive and equitable world for all. It is time to recognize the contributions of women legends and continue to push for a future which is led by diversity.
These Women Trailblazers are TRUE LEGENDS and their stories serve as a powerful reminder of the limitless potential of women for years to come!
Founder of Modern Nursing
Florence Nightingale was a pioneering nurse, social reformer, and statistician. She is widely regarded as the founder of modern nursing for her work in the Crimean War, where she improved sanitation and medical care for wounded soldiers. She was the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit.
First-ever deaf-blind Author and Activist
UK's First Female Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher was a pioneering British politician who served as the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She introduced free-market economic policies that helped to revive the British economy, and she played a decisive role in ending the Cold War. She continues to be a trailblazer for women in politics.
First Female Nobel Laureate
Helen Keller was a deaf-blind American author, activist, and lecturer. Despite her disabilities, she learned to communicate with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan and became a prominent advocate for disability rights and women's suffrage, and wrote several books on her life experiences.
Marie Curie was a pioneering physicist and chemist, known for her groundbreaking research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different fields. Her discoveries led to the development of nuclear energy and radiation therapy.
India’s First Female Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi was the first and only female Prime Minister of India, serving from 1966 until her assassination in 1984. She is known for her strong leadership, social and economic policies, and her role in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. She is regarded as one of the most significant leaders of the 20th century.
Creator of Barbie Doll
Ruth Handler was an American entrepreneur and inventor, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. She is best known for creating the Barbie doll, which revolutionized the toy industry and became a cultural icon. Her innovation and creativity continue to inspire generations of women in business and entrepreneurship.
Pioneering Mathematician & Computer Genius
Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer who is often credited as the world's first computer programmer. She worked with Charles Babbage and wrote a groundbreaking algorithm for his proposed mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Her contributions to computer science and mathematics continue to inspire women in STEM fields.
United States 1st Woman CEO, Bissell Corporation
Anna Bissell was an American businesswoman and innovator who co-founded the Bissell Carpet Sweeper Company. She was instrumental in the development and marketing of the company's first carpet sweeper, which became a household essential. Her success in business helped pave the way for future generations of women entrepreneurs.
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French Fashion Icon and Designer
Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and entrepreneur who revolutionized the fashion industry with her modern and comfortable designs. She is known for her iconic designs such as the Chanel suit, the "little black dress", and Chanel No. 5 perfume. She is a trailblazer for women in business, creating a global fashion empire and inspiring generations of female designers.
Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist and an icon of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger sparked a movement that led to the desegregation of public transportation in the United States. She is widely regarded as a symbol of resistance to racial discrimination.