Extraordinary Women Who Changed History

     History is the written record. Dating back to the Sumerian cuneiform scripts 5,000 years ago, history has been documented by man through the  development  of mankind. We can all recall extraordinary  women throughout history. From protesting for human rights to leading the charge for innovation, women have played a vital role in the world we live in today. Without women many things we have would cease to exist.       

Marie Curie  

     Born in Warsaw Poland on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was a French-Polish physicist who discovered radioactivity, which helped launch cures for cancer,  develop X-Rays, and became the first female professor at the University of Sorbonne. Marie was the first woman to ever win a Nobel Peace Prize, and the first person to win 2 Nobel Peace prizes. She conducted experiments with uranium rays that helped create the field of atomic physics. Coming from a poor family and working as a governess until 24, Marie paved the way for future female physicists and helped break the stamina that women were less than men.  https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/1903/marie-curie/biographical/

Malala Yousafzai 

       Born on July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is a Sunni Muslim, actvist for female education and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Starting at a young age, Malala had a passion for education. She aspired to grow up and go to college, but that all changed when the terrorist group, “The Taliban” took over her town in Swat Valley. Being religious extremist, the Taliban banned many things like music, television, and education for women. Malala did not obey the restrictions they put out and kept going to school to further her education. Then in October 2012, a group of Taliban members entered Malala’s school bus and shot her in the left side of her head, with the intent to kill her. She woke up 10 days later in a hospital in the United Kingdom and since then has changed the world. Malala received prayers all around the world and received a Nobel Peace Prize for her bravery. With the money given to her from the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala has built many schools around the world to further the education of girls. She ensured girls would receive 12 years of safe and free education. Girls who were fighting poverty or victims of child marriages now have a place to learn and not be discriminated against. And as of 2020, Malala has graduated from Oxford University and will continue to change the world! https://malala.org/malalas-story

Greta Thunburg 

     Greta is a 17 year old Swedish environmental activist who spends her days protesting for climate change. Fighting with autism, Greta had gotten attention internationally for skipping schools on Friday  as a form of protest. It all started at the age of 15, where Greta won a climate change essay competition in the local newspaper. She later continued to fight for climate change and missed schools on Friday . Her protest went viral on social media with the hashtag #FridayForFurtures and by December 2018, 20,000 students around the world joined the cause. Since then Greta has been campaigning and even talking to the United Nations and fighting against the racing clock till climate change is irreversible. Greta’s goal is for big companies to invest their money in restoring nature instead of sustainable energy sources. Greta is a strong and powerful woman who has succumbed so much and will continue to fight for everyone on earth. https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cwmrxq94v1jt/greta-thunberg 

Margaret Sanger 

     Margaret Sanger is the founder of planned parenthood and the contraceptive pill. Margaret was born on September 14, 1879 and was 1 of 11 children. She attended college in New York for Obstetrical Nursing. In New York, she got a job as a nurse and saw poverty, uncontrolled fertility and death from botched illegal abortions. These events made Margaret a feminist, who want’s woman to have the right to choose what happens to their bodies. She devoted her life to getting women pro choice laws and Margaret found the American Birth Control League, which eventually became planned parenthood. In 2020 planned parenthood now is not just for abortions but now it offers accurate sex counseling, affordable  health care and rape counseling for woman. Margaret Sanger has made it so the women of the US have a place to go and get supportive, affordable and safe medical care. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Margaret-Sanger