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Tomorrow is International Women’s Day

Posted on March 07, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. It’s the day when we celebrate the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women. More than that though, it’s also a call to action to improve and accelerate gender parity and equality.

There are events happening all over the globe to celebrate International Women’s Day, including fun runs, gala lunches and conferences. Schools will also be taking part, teaching pupils about women’s history.

Here are five key women from history who have helped to pave the way for future generations:

Marie Curie
You’ve probably heard of Marie Curie because of the charity, but did you know that she was a Polish physicist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity, and was the first woman to win the Nobel PrizeĀ and the first person and only woman to win it twice! In fact, Marie Curie actually developed the theory and even coined the term radioactivity and discovered two chemical elements – polonium and radium.

Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I established the English Protestant church when she took the throne in 1558. She also led the English army to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588, one of the greatest military victories in English history. She was preceded by her half sister, Mary Queen of Scots – who she imprisoned and eventually executed – definitely not someone to be messed with!

Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst was one of the most influential and important women of the 20th century. She was a pioneer of the suffrage movement in England and was instrumental in gaining women the right to vote. She founded the Women’s Social and Political Union and with her daughters campaigned heavily – and often confrontationally – for the vote.

Helen Keller
Helen Keller fell ill when she was just 19 months old, with what may have been scarlet fever or meningitis. She survived, but without sight or hearing. This was in the 19th century, and despite this great disadvantage she went on to become an author, lecturer and political activist – and was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

Oprah Winfrey
You might think of her as the queen of talk shows, but Oprah Winfrey was born in Mississippi in 1954 to an unmarried teenage mother. Growing up she was so poor her dresses were often made from potato sacks. She went on to become the first African American billionaire and is a great rolemodel for all women.

 

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