People are always made to believe that only men can leave a mark and be known in the history. However, it is not true! Definitely, there were many men who completely changed the outlook of the world. But, at the same time, there were many women who emerged and left a genuine impression on everyone regarding their personality.
There’s always a question that pops in minds of many “Who run the world?” Well, the answer is pretty simple, “Girls”! (Jokes)
In order to run the world systematically, input from both genders is required. It is compulsory that both men and women come forward so that the world becomes a better place for everyone who breathes in it.
To be honest, nothing in the world can be called perfect if there is no input from any woman. Thus, history has shown us a number of influential women who were able to go ahead from men. They proved everyone wrong and achieved certain feats that shocked everyone!
Those influential women are considered to be a prime example for many generations to come. They succeeded in several fields like literature, science, technology and many others!
So, let’s have a look at the top 10 most influential women in the history who revolutionized the whole world. Without further ado, here we go!
1. Jane Austen
A famous name in the literary genre that left everyone awestruck by her masterpiece writings and is still on the heads of everyone is none other than Jane Austen.
She was born in England and started writing her famous novels right in her teens. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility are Austen’s classic novels that she wrote in her teens.
Her novels were full of fun, apt to the present society and also questioned women’s roles within society! An amazing fact about Austen’s writings was that she hid her identity as an author for quite a few of the novels. At the time of her death, her brother Henry revealed the fact that she was the actual author.
She still remains an inspiration to many of the coming age novelists who look up to her writings for finding the right motivation.
2. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was a famous American actress who not only made a fixed place in the hearts of men. Rather, a number of women started adoring her due to her flawless and effortless acts. She has left an unprecedented legacy behind her that truly remains matchless for 1000 years to come.
She became an extremely popular sex symbol because of her exceptional performance in many movies such as “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953), “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) and “Some Like It Hot” (1959).
People from all over the world fantasized about her beauty. Even today, many actresses try to pull Marilyn Monroe’s look.
3. Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank is the most renowned account of the Second World War. Anne Frank was just a teenage girl who wrote an exceptional account of the ugly war in which she aptly described her difficulties during the war in order to survive.
The popular diary consists of the first person’s account on whatever happened during the deadly holocaust. She and her family hid in a small annex. However, they were discovered and were sent to the concentration camps.
Only Anne’s father was able to survive. Therefore, he decided to publish The Diary of Anne Frank. The diary got so famous that it was translated into 70 languages so that people got aware of the bloodshed that usually happens in any war.
Anne Frank died aged 15 only. Nonetheless, people remembered her as a great woman of strength who recorded every second of the notorious war in her diary.
4. Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is easily the most famous African-American who served in several fields. She was a legendary poetess, singer, memoirist and most of all, she worked relentlessly for the civil rights of the people in America.
Her recognized and award-winning non-fiction memoir is known as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings changed the perspectives of several people. In the present day and age, the memoir is regarded as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.
As she was an African-American, she had to face several troubles right from her childhood. At the age of 7, she was attacked by her mother’s boyfriend who was eventually killed by her uncle as an act of revenge. Thus, the event shocked her and for many years, she became a virtual mute.
Her non-fiction work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings depicted how literature can help in discovering the true identity and was notable in her fight against racism.
5. Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth I is one of the most renowned figures in British history. She gave preference to her country. Rather, than a man. Thus, she was called ‘The Virgin Queen’.
It was due to her struggles that England became an influential European power in a number of fields such as arts, commerce, and politics. It was quite an effort from her to rule on the throne because she was a woman, first of all. Apart from that, her mother was the most-hated ex-wife of Henry VIII.
Nonetheless, she proved everyone wrong and went onto become the most influential woman in history.