Amazing women from the past

Did you know a woman invented computer programming? History’s full of incredible women who made a real difference – and were often punished for it. Even today, we hear little about them. Meet nine world-changing women!

 

Harriet Tubman

Born into slavery, Tubman escaped her abusive owners to become an abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army. She demonstrated incredible courage throughout her life, building an underground network to liberate slaves. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, and an active suffragist. (1822 – 1913)

Ada Lovelace

The mathematician who designed the code for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, Lovelace is now regarded as the inventor of computer programming. (1815-1852)

Trota de Salerno

12th-century Italian medical practitioner and writer. Specialising in women’s medicine, she was so highly regarded that she was referred to as “magistra”, the feminine form of “master” (doesn’t translate as ‘mistress’.) Her fame spread throughout Europe – this at a time when women were suppressed and excluded from the professions.

Fatima Al-Fahri

Founded the world’s oldest university (in Morocco)

 Jeannette Franklin

Elected to the US Congress four years before American women got the vote

Hedy Lamarr

Film star and radar engineer

Bessie Coleman

African-American air pilot (1921)

Rosalind Franklin

Discovered the double-helical structure of DNA

Ching Shih

Fearsome pirate captain whose vast fleet terrorised the China Sea (1775–1844)

 

cherryaustin

Knackered feminist.

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