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6 of the Most Courageous Women in History

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Throughout history, women have fought to position themselves equally among men in social, political and economic terms. This battle has presented the world with the most courageous women, who have changed the path of history forever. Here is a thorough description of the five inspirational females, I admire the most.

6. RigobertaMenchu

A political activist born in Guatemala, who dedicated her entire life to defending the rights of the indigenous community during the Guatemalan Civil War in the 20thcentury. In 1992 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her dedication to civil rights.

When you are convinced your cause is just, fight for it.

And she did. Menchu became the first Central American woman, to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Her devotion to a community of people, whose rights are sometimes forgotten, has made her a role model and an extraordinary feminist.

5. Malala Yousafzai

Probably, one of the youngest women activists, Malala is globally known for fighting for girl’s education in the Middle East.

I don't want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.

The 9th of October 2012, she was shot in Pakistan, her native country, for speaking out about education for girls. A few years later, Malala won the Nobel Peace Price, for her constant battle to reform girl’s education in underdeveloped countries like hers.

4. Mary Wollstonecraft

This writer, philosopher and activist, was born in England in the 18th century. Wollstonecraft was a feminist, who fought for women’s rights and education in a very early century, where feminism was very unknown.

If women be educated for dependence; that is, to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop?

She was one of the earliest female writers to establish herself independently in London. The publication of her first writing is considered the base of the feminism ideology.

3. Rosa Parks

She fought for freedom and for African-American’s rights. Parks initiated a boycott, December 1st 1955, when she refused to give her seat to a white passenger.

I would like to be remembered as the person who wanted to be free…so other people would also be free.

And exactly this is what happened, she’s remembered as the “first lady of the civil rights,” who fought against racial segregation and is considered one of the most influential figures in American history.

2. Joan of Arc

A middle-class, peasant woman from France, who eventually became a national triumph as she helped recover France from the English domination. Without having any kind of military training, she became one of the best warriors the French have ever had.

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.

From a very young age Joan started receiving mystical visions. One vision involved God, who commanded her to save her beloved France from the foreign militants. She changed the course of European history, by believing so intensely in women power and saving a whole nation from English domination.

1. Harriet Tubman

A slave determined to be free, escaped slavery in her 20s. But she didn’t stop there, she became an abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, a secret network of routes and safe houses organized to help slaves escape to the North.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

She returned to save family members and hundreds of others from slavery and into freedom. Her bravery is so commendable that she is now the face of the $20 bill; the first African-American and first black woman to appear on U.S. currency.