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Inspirational women in history - who's yours?

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HecateTrivia Fri 08-Jun-12 13:58:28

My son has to research and do a biography of an inspirational woman in history. I wondered who you feel inspired by?

HecateTrivia Fri 08-Jun-12 13:59:04

and why.

and because I thought the topic interesting, not to do my son's homework grin

kim147 Fri 08-Jun-12 14:01:17

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EcoLady Fri 08-Jun-12 14:01:33

Agnes Baden Powell - founder of the Girl Guides smile

kim147 Fri 08-Jun-12 14:02:02

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PommePomme Fri 08-Jun-12 14:05:31

Corrie Ten Boom

Pascha Fri 08-Jun-12 14:08:46

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Physician and feminist. Helped develop the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital.

Pascha Fri 08-Jun-12 14:09:11

Or Boudicca

recall Fri 08-Jun-12 14:10:47

Queen Elizabeth 1st

MousyMouse Fri 08-Jun-12 14:16:38

florence nightingale
because she was a manager as well as a nurse and had a great head on her shoulders demonstrating infection control in a manner men could understand

LadySybil Fri 08-Jun-12 14:18:20


FireOverBabylon Fri 08-Jun-12 14:18:33

Elizabeth Fry the Quaker and social reformer. She and her supporters provided a sack containing thread / needles etc to all women on transportation ships to Australia so they could amek something to ease the boredom of the journey, have something to barter with or sell to prevent them having to resort to prostitution and to use as a sample piece for potential employers on arrival in Australia. It was such a simple thing but had the potential to make a huge difference. She also did a lot of work for prison reform, particularly for women prisoners.

EatsBrainsAndLeaves Fri 08-Jun-12 14:18:53

All of the above plus - Mrs Beeton - a real businesswoman who maunfactured and marketed the idea of herself as a comely housewife. She wasn't.

FireOverBabylon Fri 08-Jun-12 14:19:07

amek? should be make blush

thechairmanmeow Fri 08-Jun-12 14:41:08

rosa parks definatly
emaline pankhurst
matha gilhorn
kate adie

thechairmanmeow Fri 08-Jun-12 14:42:36

some not to chose...

amelda markos
margret thatcher
rose west
samantha fox

thechairmanmeow Fri 08-Jun-12 14:45:54

should eva oeron be on the list? i dont know much about her

they say if your at an airport and you see kate adie getting off a plane, make sure your getting on one.

thechairmanmeow Fri 08-Jun-12 14:46:10


thechairmanmeow Fri 08-Jun-12 14:48:34

ohh, meip somebody was the woman go-between who kept the frank family secure for years in the annex, she was awarded by the dutch govt for humane actions a few years ago.

namechangeguy Fri 08-Jun-12 14:50:08

Rosa Parks - became the focal point for changing society in the most powerful nation on earth, and she looks like a strong breeze might blow her over smile.Courage is grace under pressure. She is the very definition of the word.

EatsBrainsAndLeaves Fri 08-Jun-12 14:52:46

Rosa Parks was very courageous. It was an orchestrated stand though, not on a whim. I saw a documentary about it. There was a woman before her who wanted to make a stand, but because she was a single mother the civil rights movement thought, I think rightfully, that she wouldn't win the same level of sympathy if they threw their support behind her. Rosa Parks was a more sympathetic figure for the public at large.

Annunziata Fri 08-Jun-12 14:57:44

Eleanor of Acquitaine.

namechangeguy Fri 08-Jun-12 15:01:48

Wikipedia names at least three other black women (NB all women grin!) who had made similar stands previously;

However, the coloured people's movement {NAACP) believed she was the ideal candidate to follow through a challenge in the courts. It is fantastic how such a seemingly insignificant, non-violent act can have such repercussions though.

NarkedRaspberry Fri 08-Jun-12 15:03:00

Sylvia Pankhurst

skrumle Fri 08-Jun-12 15:10:16

Helen Keller

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