Famous Women in History

History is filled with tales of valor, sacrifice, love and pain. There are many women in history who have made a valuable contribution. Read on to know about these famous women.
| Saturday, May 04, 2013

Various people have contributed in creating the beautiful world we live in today - the inventions that have made life simpler, the sacrifices that make people life longer and the writings that tell us about an era gone by. Many women are responsible for the world as we know it today.

Here is a list of a few women who have carved a place for themselves and found a place in the pages of history.

Helen Keller

Hellen Keller Photo, 1912

This famous person was born on 27th June, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen's father, Arthur H. Keller worked as the editor for the North Alabamian.

It was at the tender age of 19 months that Helen Keller suffered with a disease that led to acute congestion of the brain and stomach which made her blind and deaf. When she was diagnosed with these problems Helen was taken to see Alexander G. Bell who suggested that the family could seek help for her at the Perkins Institute for the Blind which was located in Boston. It was at this institute that Helen Keller was provided with a teacher, Anne Sullivan under whose tutelage Helen was able to pass the admissions for Radcliffe College at the age of 16. By the time she graduated in 1904, she had already mastered five languages. It was in the year 1921 that Helen Keller realized that that she would like to devote her time raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. She breathed her last on the June 1st, 1968 in Westport, Connecticut.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria
Photographer: Alexander Bassano, 1882

George III's son Prince Edward's daughter, Alexander Victoria Hanover better known as Queen Victoria was one of the few women who had the opportunity to rule an entire empire.

Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901 and oversaw a vast empire. This famous monarch was powerful and used this power to double the size of England and was able to keep it almost war-free; except for three small exceptions. The Liberal and Conservative parties were also formed during her reign.

This famous lady also broadened suffrage with the introduction of the Reform Acts of 1867 and 1884. Queen Victoria died in 1901. She was so famous that soon her name became synonymous with an era of era of history; namely what we know as the "Victorian Era" today!

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton

It isn't easy being married to a famous person and I am sure no one knows that better than Hillary Clinton!

This famous lady was born to the late Hugh Rodham and Dorothy Rodham in 1947. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she spent her childhood in Park Ridge, Illinois where her father owned a fabric store. William (Bill) Clinton and Hillary Clinton were married in 1975 and they have a daughter named Chelsea who is a sophomore at Stanford University. After Bill Clinton became The President of the United States,

Hillary was given the job of heading up a National Health Care Task Force. This wonderful lady likes to help children and in 1973 she became a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund. She has also served on the board of Arkansas Children's Hospital and in 1993 was name the Woman of the Year in Arkansas. The title of Mother of the Year was also conferred on her in 1984.

Marie Sklodowska Curie

Marie Curie Photo

Marie Sklodowska was born in 1867 and was known as Manya in her childhood. She was the youngest of five children. Her father was a Mathematics professor and her mother ran a school for girls.

Marie was a bright student and in November 1891 became a student of physic at the Sorbonne. Around this time Marie was hired to study the magnetic properties of steel, but because she did not have a laboratory she sought the help of her Polish friend who introduced her to Pierre Curie who had one. Marie and Pierre were married a year later!

The Nobel Prize was conferred on Antoine Henri Becquerel and Pierre and Marie Curie in November 1903. Destiny had other plans for Marie and in 1906 when Pierre was killed under the wheels of a horse-drawn carriage Marie replaced him at the Sorbonne, though only as an assistant professor.

This famous woman continued to work on radioactive elements at this time and in 1908 was promoted to becoming a full professor. When the world war took place in 1914 and Europe became a part of the war, Marie and Irene took to the battlefield and helped saved many lives with the X-ray and radium therapy equipment that they had taken with them.

Marie Curie was honored with many by almost every notable American institution. It was in 1934 that this famous scientist breathed her last. Read more about this famous woman in history.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman Photo, 1885

Some women are born to help others and that is exactly what Harriet Tubman was destined to do! Harriet Tubman was born in Maryland in 1821. Her life was one of hardship and deprivation right from her childhood and even her marriage could not erase that pain.

This brave woman finally escaped the ritual of being bought and sold as property and found her way northward with help of the Underground Railroad. Once she was in Philadelphia she helped other slaves like herself find sanctuary in the northern states in the next 11 years. Soon she was a hunted woman in the south and even had a reward on her head. The Civil war resulted in ending her work with the Underground Railway, but this did not end her work with the Union cause.

She served many different positions in her lifetime and was well known and respected. It is because of her valuable contribution that she is frequently referred to as, "Moses of her people."

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Photo, India

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, better known as Mother Teresa was a frail-looking nun who was born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1910. This famous woman left Ireland in 1928 so that she could learn English after which she was sent to India as a missionary to teach at the Loreto Convent in Kolkata. It was after the Second World War that she felt a calling from God telling her to work with the poorest of India's citizens.

It was in 1950 that Mother Teresa set up the Missionaries of Charity with just 13 members that eventually grew to a staff of 4,000 nuns who would be responsible for many charity centers, AIDS hospitals and dozens of orphanages. It was the hospital for the dying destitute in 1979 that won her the Nobel Prize and made her a household name. Mother Teresa was known for the remarkable change she brought about in the lives of the destitute. She bid farewell to the world in 1997, but the work she began still continues till today.

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