International Women’s Day: 10 women who changed history

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Which feminine figures have changed the course of events and how have they influenced what we are and know today?

They say that “Behind every great man there is a great woman”, but there must be none for woman to walk beside. To honour International Women’s Day, in this chronological journey, we focus on ten women of the 20th and 21st century that needed no male company to develop heroic and inspiring tasks. Women who changed the course of the political, historical, scientific and social events of Humanity: Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Rachel Carson, Gerda Taro, Rosa Parks, Katharine Meyer Graham, Rosalind Franklin, Benazir Bhutto, Jane Goodall, Valentina Tereshkova and Benazir Bhutto.

Women biologists, activists, astronauts, journalists … who did not give in to political, social or scientific pressures, who fought for civil rights and made extraordinary discoveries such as chimpanzees’ tears or the material of space matter.

It was also women who laid the foundations to the end of discrimination against the African-American people, who opened the doors to environmentalism, knowledge of DNA and of the planet seen from a spaceship. Unfortunately, many of them died without receiving the prizes they deserved or without knowing how their findings had changed our understanding of the world. In some cases their social, political or professional conviction cost them their lives and they became a symbol of the struggles they represented.

Not all are still with us. This is the story of the women who changed the course of history.

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