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Women have been the protagonists in some of the most impactful and important moments in history. Whether it has been on a social level, in the science world, in arts and culture, or in politics, there have been so many women who have set the precedent for the rest of us with their attitude, their ideas, and, above all, their actions.

Today we celebrate women who have pushed us forward and fought for us and continue to inspire us on a daily basis with all that they achieved. Today, on International Women's Day, we honor them for all they have done and all that they were and continue to be.

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In a world that seems to be ruled by men, women have had to fight to be heard and be valued, and to conquer the public spaces that allow them to defend and protect their equality and show their capabilities and talents. That is why in this list we include young activists like Malala Yousafzai next to renowned historical figures like Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, and Mother Teresa.

Each one, in her own era and in different ways, was able to achieve transformation within the society she lived or lives in. These days, women have certain rights--although there is a long journey left for us to travel--and it's thanks to these women, who have fought tirelessly for us to get the rights and treatment we all deserve. 

Frida Kahlo was a woman who knew how to push the envelope with her art. 1

Frida Kahlo was a woman who knew how to push the envelope with her art.

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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. 

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Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. 2

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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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.

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Rigoberta Menchú has been a warrior for the rights of the indigenous communities. 3

Rigoberta Menchú has been a warrior for the rights of the indigenous communities.

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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. 

Mother Teresa will always be remembered as someone who devoted her life to helping others in need. 4

Saint Teresa of Calcutta was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary who founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. Her life's mission was to care for the poor and those in need.

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Malala Yousafzai has made it her mission to fight for girls' rights to an education. 5

Malala Yousafzai has made it her mission to fight for girls' rights to an education.

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Ever since she was a little girl, Malala has put her life on the line to fight for the right of 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

Eva Perón worked in projects to fight for women's equality.

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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.

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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 made history in the political world.

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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 opened the door for others, like her, to seek the presidency down the line. 

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Marie Curie was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. 9

Marie Curie was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize.

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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.

Coco Chanel changed the fashion world forever. 10

Coco Chanel changed the fashion world forever.

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The French fashion designer and businesswoman, whose name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, was the founder of the fashion brand Chanel. She is credited with freeing women from the "corseted silhouette" and, in turn, making a sportier and more casual chic look the standard of style for women.

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Eleanor Roosevelt was a fighter for human rights. 11

Eleanor Roosevelt was a fighter for human rights.

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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 has made her one of the most popular and beloved first ladies in United States history.

Rosa Parks was influential in the civil rights movement. 12

Rosa Parks was influential in the civil rights movement.

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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.

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Audrey Hepburn has been recognized for her humanitarian work. 13

Audrey Hepburn has been recognized for her humanitarian work.

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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.

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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

Yalitza Aparicio made history in Hollywood in 2019.

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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.