Frida Kahlo was a woman who knew how to push the envelope with her art. 1
Frida Kahlo transcended the limitations of her era through her works of art, especially her self-portraits, in which she shared so many aspects of her personal struggles and suffering. She is considered one of the influential artists of her day, thanks to the way she showed a side of women and our inner workings that was hardly seen or acknowledged in her time.
Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. 2
Born and raised in the Bronx by her Puerto Rican parents, she went on to make history as the first Hispanic woman to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Rigoberta Menchú has been a warrior for the rights of the indigenous communities. 3
The Guatemalan activist received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her tireless work in fighting for the rights of her country's indigenous people and teaching them how to defend themselves against oppression.
Malala Yousafzai has made it her mission to fight for girls' rights to an education. 5
Ever since she was a little girl, Malala has put her life on the line to fight for the right for girls in Pakistan to have an education. She is now known as one of the most important figures in the fight for equality, after she survived being shot in the face as she fought for her right to go to school. She was only 17 when she was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
Eva Perón worked in projects to fight for women's equality. 6
She is a historical figure who generates controversy among many, but her long fight and dedication to women's rights cannot be denied, first while she was first lady of Argentina and later as the founder of the Partido Peronista Femenino between the years 1940 and 1950.
Amelia Earhart was a pioneer in aviation in the United States. 7
She was the first woman aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone and became a pioneer in American aviation.
Hillary Clinton made history in the political world. 8
Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential candidate nominated by a major party when the Democratic Party chose her to run against Donald Trump in 2016. She lost, but her nomination has opened the door for others, like her, to seek the presidency down the line.
Marie Curie was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. 9
She became the first woman to be awarded the prize for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She then went on to become the first person and only woman to win the award twice--and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a fighter for human rights. 11
As the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor used her time as first lady to fight for women's civil rights and human rights. Her time at the White House made her one of the most popular and beloved first ladies in US history.
Rosa Parks was influential in the civil rights movement. 12
The African American activist made history with her bravery when she refused to give up her seat at the front of a bus to a white man in the era of segregation. Her arrest led to various protests, and it added fuel to the civil rights movement.
Audrey Hepburn has been recognized for her humanitarian work. 13
The gorgeous Hollywood star made a name for herself outside of the big screen. Aside from being one of the most recognized movie stars of all time, she dedicated her life to humanitarian work through UNICEF.
Clara Zetkin fought for the right for women to vote. 14
Clara fought for women's rights and the right for women to vote in the United States. It was Clara who, in 1910, proposed the idea that women be celebrated for International Women's Day every March 8.
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was so influential in the world of literature. 15
She was a Mexican feminist who was a nun, poet, and scholar who fought for women's rights, especially focusing on education for women. She displayed so much courage to speak out about her beliefs, which was unheard of at the time.
Yalitza Aparicio made history in Hollywood in 2019. 16
The Mexican actress became the first Mexican indigenous woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for her debut acting role in Roma. Her nomination was enough to open doors for others like her whose dream is to pursue an acting career and one day be nominated for an Oscar.
Gina Rodriguez made a statement on television. 18
Gina was a first-time nominee in 2017 when she was nominated for her lead role on the CW’s Jane the Virgin. She became the second Latina actress to win the award for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, following America Ferrera's win for Ugly Betty in 2007. It was Gina's speech that became monumental when she said her win “represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”
Meghan Markle became a member of the British royal family. 19
The American actress married Prince Harry in 2018, becoming a member of the British royal family. Not only was the fact that she was American a big deal, but she is among the first British royals to be of mixed race.
Rita Moreno is an EGOT winner. 20
Rita is among some of the most celebrated and talented entertainers in Hollywood. She is on a short list of stars to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.