Need some inspiration at the end of the year?


Marie Curie is awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 1903, she was the first woman to receive a Nobel when she was awarded the prize in physics.


English activist, Emmeline Pankhurst is arrested and goes on hunger strike in jail. In 1918 voting rights were given to British women over 30. Emmeline died in 1928 shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men (at 21).


Helen Keller, blind and deaf since she was 19 months old, founds the Helen Keller International Organisation with George Kessler to promote research into vision, health and nutrition. Keller was a radical socialist, an advocate for birth control, a suffragist and a founder of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920.


British pilot, Amy Johnson, flew solo from England to Australia. The trip involved a 16 leg, 19 day trip.


Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest and the boycott of buses led by Martin Luther King Jr sparks a wave of demonstrations that leads to the black civil rights movement in the United States.


Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is elected the world’s first female Prime Minister.


Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova pilots Vostok 6 to become the first woman in space.


Japanese mountaineer, Junko Tabei, becomes the first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest as part of an all woman expedition.


Benazir Bhutto becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan and the first woman in modern history to lead a muslim country.


Kenyan environmental activist, Wangari Muta Maathai, becomes the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman to be considered a top candidate for the U.S. presidency.

Who will we see next on this list of inspirational women?