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International Women’s Day: All the fearless women in history who deserve a mention

Ian Smith

Today it’s international women’s day and by nature, we are all  thinking about that one woman that you look up to, the woman that you are proud to know and the woman that maybe has not done so much for history but she sure as hell has done a lot to make your life better.

When I decided to write an article that will praise fearless and fierce women of history, by default names like Rosa Parks, Marrie Curie, Amelia Earhart and Mother Theresa popped up, even though these women have done a lot and have changed the world we live in, I choose to go the other way.

Throughout history, there were women that just by being fearless and stepping up have done enough, even if their names are not in history books, and they are rarely mentioned on days like this.

So,  today I choose to praise those women, the women we don’t know their names, but we sure are thankful for their courage and what they have done.

 

1.The woman who was not afraid to support her child no matter what
Jeanne Manford with her son Morty, foreground, marching in the New York City Gay Pride Parade in 1972. Reactions to her sign led her to create the support group that evolved into PFLAG. source

Jeanne Manford with her son Morty, foreground, marching in the New York City Gay Pride Parade in 1972. Reactions to her sign led her to create the support group that evolved into PFLAG(Parent and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). source

2. The Woman that confronted evil
A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985] source

A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985] source

3. The woman that stand up for a friend
A Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbor with her veil to protect her from prosecution. Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia. [1941]

A Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbor with her veil to protect her from prosecution. Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia. [1941] source

4. The women that did  it together
Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor. [c. 1941 - 1945]

Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor. [c. 1941 – 1945] source

5.The woman who stand up for her 7 children during the Great Depression
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The migrant mother.Source

 

6.All these women who literally were ready to take a bullet for their children
Parisian mothers shield their children from German sniper fire. [1944]

Parisian mothers shield their children from German sniper fire. [1944] Imperial War Museum

7. All the women who stepped up while men went to war
Railroad workers at lunch. Many were the wives and even mothers of the men who left for war. [1943]

Railroad workers at lunch. Many were the wives and even mothers of the men who left for war. [1943]source

8. This woman….
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In 1967, irate race official Jock Semple tried forcibly to remove Kathrine Switzer from the then all-male Boston Marathon simply because she was a woman. “To the guys it was a one-off event. But I knew it was a lot more than that. A lot more.” source

 

9. The woman who stand up for her man!
A Dutch Woman Refuses To Leave Her Husband, A German Soldier, After He Was Captured In The Netherlands 1944.

A Dutch Woman Refuses To Leave Her Husband, A German Soldier, After He Was Captured In The Netherlands 1944.source

10. Women who were eager to learn even they were told not to.
Afghan women studying biology before the Taliban takeover. [c. 1950s]

Afghan women studying biology c. 1950s] source

11. The woman who decided for herself
Annette Kellerman Wearing Her Famous One-Piece Bathing Suit That Got Her Arrested In Massachusetts 1907

Annette Kellerman Wearing Her Famous One-Piece Bathing Suit That Got Her Arrested In Massachusetts 1907/source

12. The woman who didn’t give a damn about what other  people say
Maud Wagner, The First Famous Female Tattooist In The US, 1907

Maud Wagner, The First Famous Female Tattooist In The US, 1907.source

13. This proof that women were warriors since forever
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samurai warrior. [c. late 1800s] source

14.The women that proved that they can do whatever they want to
Female Boxers In Los Angeles, 1933

Female Boxers In Los Angeles, 1933

15. and those who proved that women can be pretty damn good at what they do
Female pilots leaving their B-17,

Female pilots leaving their B-17, source

 

16. No matter how young
18 year-old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, AKA Nicole Minet, Paris, 19 August 1944

18 year-old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, AKA Nicole Minet, Paris, 19 August 1944.source

17. or how old
106-year-old-armenian-woman-protecting-her-home-with-an-ak-47-1990

106-year-old-armenian-woman-protecting-her-home-with-an-ak-47-1990.source

18. or what race or place.
Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license, 1936

Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license, 1936.source

19. Never stop fighting
Women's Liberation Coalition March, Detroit, Michigan, 1970

Women’s Liberation Coalition March, Detroit, Michigan, 1970. source

20. Because… even when we are on our period We can do it!
Anna Lee Tingle Fisher, NASA astronaut & First Mother In Space 1980

Anna Lee Tingle Fisher, NASA astronaut & First Mother In Space 1980/source