International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to look at the incredible women throughout history who paved the way for women’s rights today. And as much as we love to say “The future is female” – let’s not forget about all the brave women, who fought for equality and justice in the past.


Seductive, ruthless, and a master of diplomacy, Cleopatra is known as one of the strongest leaders in history. Learn how she eliminated traitors, commanded armies, and built warships all while speaking nine languages and negotiating with kings from all over the world.

Jeanne D’Arc

Eventually charged with heresy and sentenced to death, Jeanne D’Arc was the first woman to make her mark on history in Western civilization. By saving the country of France during the Hundred Years War, she was a girl who believed in her mission until the very end.

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Elizabeth I

Disregarded by her opponents, Queen Elizabeth I. ruled England for over 40 years. In an era dominated by men, nobody thought this was even possible. After she died, a whole era was named after her.

Catherine the Great

A 14-year old princess from Germany was sent to Russia to marry a man, heir to the Russian throne. Her name was changed from Sophie Auguste Friederike von Anhalt-Zerbst to Catherine. Yet, this was only the beginning.

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Queen Louise of Prussia

Known as the Queen of Hearts, Louise of Prussia did not have any official political power, yet she deeply influenced the people who did. First and foremost, her husband Kind Frederick Wilhelm III. Her character and style launched her into an iconic historical figure.

Sophie Scholl

She was one of the women, who refused to take part in one of the biggest crimes in world history.  In Nazi Germany, she took a stand against injustice and became one of the most popular figures of German resistance against Hitler during the Second World War.

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In the series Women Who Made History you can learn more about each woman and how they each made a tremendous impact on the world.


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