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That’s what she said: celebrating women in history [slideshow]

Achievements, contributions, and developments made by women have often gone overlooked or unacknowledged throughout world history. In 1909, “National Women’s Day” was held on 28 February in New York, which was amended to “International Women’s Day” two years later. President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of 8 March, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. Congress then designated the entire month of March as Women’s History Month in 1987, to raise awareness and empower women by celebrating those who have shaped society and history worldwide.

Below is a list of eight women who have each made enormous contributions to world history. It is a list that could go on indefinitely, and one that we hope opens up discussions on the incredible women that have helped pave the way for us all.

 

 

Featured image credit: ‘Studies of Women’s Heads’ by Web Gallery of Art. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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