Females: 50% of the world, 100% hard-core. We’re celebrating Women’s History month this year by acknowledging how tough and courageous so many women are, despite centuries of inequality. Unfortunately, throughout history, most women’s achievements have gone unappreciated or unrecognised, but that didn’t stop them getting stuff done. This year, let’s do more celebrating of female achievements. Here’s a list of talented women you probably haven’t heard about.
1. Manal Al-Sharif (1979 – Present)
She defied Saudi Arabia’s sexist ban on women driving by posting a video of herself driving her brother’s car on Youtube. She was sent to prison because of this, but her courage paid off when Saudi Arabia lifted the ban in 2018.
2. Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922)
She became a journalist after writing an angry letter-to-the-editor about an article suggesting a woman’s place is at home. There’s no limit she wouldn’t go to for her new career – once pretending to be mentally ill in order to check-in to a mental asylum to expose the abuse of patients.
3. Tahirih (1817 – 1852)
She was the first woman in the Islamic world to remove her veil in public. She did this in front of a male-only audience. Her punishment was being strangled to death by her own veil.
4. Florynce Kennedy (1916-2000)
She was an ardent feminist and lawyer, one of her most memorable moments being conducting a mass urination in Harvard as a protest against the lack of female bathrooms.
5. Hypatia of Alexandria (370AD – 415AD)
She was the first recorded female mathematician. She was also a philosopher, astronomer and tutor. She was eventually burned to death and her body dismembered because of her forward-thinking.
Next time someone says girls can’t do something, brag about these women. Brag about any woman’s achievement. We have thousands of years of bragging to make up for.