Aung San Suu Kyi – A force for democracy in Burma, she is an opposition politician who spent 15 of the past 22 years in jail for her activism.
Germaine Greer is an Australian writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature and is widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century
Rosa Parks – In December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks, age 42, refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. She was later known as the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement.
Amelia Earhart was a noted American aviation pioneer and author and the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross awarded for flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Cathy Freeman – gold medallist Olympic sprinter and Indigenous role model. She carried both the Aussie flag and the Aboriginal flag at the Sydney Games.
Anne Frank is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world’s most widely read books.
Emily Bronte was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her novel Wuthering Heights.
Florence Nightingale was an English nurse, writer and statistician. She laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, the first secular nursing school in the world.
Jane Austen was an English novelist and continues to be one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her novels are well-known and include Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Sense and Sensibility.
Joan of Arc is a Catholic saint and one of the patron saints of France after leading the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years War.
Mother Teresa – Founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and helped the poor and sick for 45 years.
Stella Young – disability activist and ABC’s Ramp Up editor.