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.


Somaly Mam – a Cambodian author and human rights advocate, focusing primarily on needs of victims of human sex trafficking.


Agatha Christie – British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 80 detective novels


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.


55 thoughts on “GREAT WOMEN

  1. In honour of International Women’s Day, here are some great women who have contributed to the betterment of society.

  2. Thank you for this post. Women give me the hope that humanity will survive. Don’t leave it to us – whatever we say, Women counterbalance our stupidity and make this place livable.It is not that we don’t mean well, it is that we are only half the story.

  3. Brilliant women 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on Cosmic Loti and commented:
    There are many exceptional men as well ~
    true feminism believes in equality and respect, whatever gender you are (✿◠‿◠)

  5. Happy Women’s Day 🙂

  6. It is a great list and the list goes on and on. Such courage and determination.

  7. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    I wanted to pay tribute to women, all women. We were each born of a mother and that is the first nurturing light in our lives. Each of these women. provided something important to the world and has moved it forward. Celebrate.

  8. Great post! Thank you, Gita!

  9. Much to celebrate and remember.

  10. beautiful post. thank you for the refresher course on the lives of some amazing women. z

  11. Amazing women that inspired the world. Congratulations to them and to all women in the world who chose to gave their mind and heart for the good of others and the planet the live in. happy International Women’s Day!

  12. Lovely! I wrote a post on IWD as well. Glad I found yours! 🙂

  13. wonderful inspiring post, thanks for passing it on amy!

  14. Great women you’ve featured here. So any more past and present large and small all over doing acts of kindness, demonstrating intelligence and courage. Thank you for this.

  15. petit4chocolatier

    Beautiful women, beautiful post!

  16. I enjoy and agree with your list especially your top choice, and many more to come?

  17. I enjoyed this post and learned more bout some of the great women. Thank you!

  18. Great post! Glad I dropped by to celebrate!

  19. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

  20. You made international eNews today but it changes every day so hope you get to see this: I put it here with the Great Women post because of all you do to help make the world a better place, one blog and communication at a time. 🙂

  21. Thank you for posting this.
    All great women….and there will be many more!

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