5. Amelia Earhart
Flying was just a dream for many women – it was turned into reality by Amelia Earhart when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. This changed the course of history and inspired many other women to muster up courage to become pilots after this brave woman did what most men could not do. Her passion and vigor was such that she aimed at becoming the first person to fly around the world. She started her journey in 1937 but unfortunately her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean and it is a still a mystery as to what went wrong. However, Amelia is a source of inspiration for millions of women who aspire to fly high. She certainly deserves to be on our list of ten courageous women who changed history. Three cheers for you, Earhart!!!
4. Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale will always be remembered for her contribution toward the profession of nursing. Before her, nursing was limited to hospitals and clinics only. However, she is the one who introduced the entirely new concept by going to war camps and nursing the wounded soldiers and this is why we have her on our list of ten courageous women who changed history. It does take a lot of courage and bravery to sacrifice one’s comfort by devoting it to the cause of nursing others. In 1854, she led a team of 34 nurses that she gathered to help the sick and fallen soldiers in the Crimea. The conditions there were horrid, and Nightingale was well aware of them but she managed to prepare her team for the most unpleasant. It was a huge challenge to work in the environment like that; however, nightingale did not lose courage at any point and took up the challenge with great dignity. Owing to the devotion and courage the woman displayed, people started calling her ‘the Lady with the Lamp’ and ‘the Angel of the Crimea’. What nightingale did portray the basic nature of women in general – the willingness to care for others unconditionally as a natural caretaker! But, it takes a lot of courage to actually do what you want and this is what makes her so different and inspiring. Respect for you, Nightingale!!!
3. Rosa Parks
Another inspiring woman on our list of ten courageous women who changed history is Rosa Parks. Parks is remembered for her courage and strength to have stood up against the racial inequality prevalent in her time (and maybe even today) in the United States of America. It started with a little act of this brave woman that ignited the courage in people to take a stand for their rights. Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, which she was told to do on the basis of her skin color. This gave vent to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This proved to be a turning point in the American Civil Rights movement and helped end the segregation in the American society. Parks is remembered as a beacon of hope who was able to fight inequality through her bravery and guts. She is an iconic figure who has inspired women throughout the globe. Bravo, Parks!!!
2. Helen Keller
Imagine how life would be for someone who could not hear, see or speak? It is hard to imagine and equally disturbing. Even the thought of experiencing something of that nature makes us get goose bumps. Next on list of ten courageous women who changed history we have someone who actually went through all this throughout her entire life. Helen Keller was one such person who was visually and auditory challenged, and mute, yet we know her today and are inspired by her life – this shows how courageous that woman was! Despite her limitations, she believed that there was nothing in the world that she could not do. She changed the course of history by infusing tremendous confidence and courage in people who are handicapped, and likewise in ones who are not. From Helen’s life, the most important lesson that is learnt is that there is no barrier that is too high for you to achieve. If one is courageous, then everything is achievable. She could step out of her dark and silent world into the world of light, wisdom, and life through her courage. Kudos, Helen!!
1. Joan of Arc
How can a list on women and their courage be complete without the name of Joan of Arc? So, we have her next on our list of ten courageous women who changed history. Joan of Arc is a French national hero, who changed the course of history through her bravery. She led the movement of independence of France from the English invasion in the famous Hundred Years War. A peasant woman that nobody could even imagine would have the mettle and the strength to change history forever, regarded it her responsibility to free her country. She cut her hair short and dressed up like a man, and led the war against the English. French troops, under her leadership and supervision, were able to come out victorious in the battle of Orleans in 1429. The kind of courage she portrayed is even hard to find amongst men. Respect for you, Joan of Arc!!!
Do you feel like a true feminist today? Well, it was inevitable. These great women mentioned in our list of 10 courageous women who changed history are and will always be a source of great inspiration for us. For more, keep browsing our website!