Only Biography: Notable women in world history

One of the sad realities of the world is that women continue to be overlooked. For centuries, men have been the dominant gender due to their supposed increased strength and intelligence. However, this kind of mindset is completely outdated. 

Women across the centuries have proven time and time again that they are capable of doing everything that men can and more. In fact, there are so many women across history who have changed the world and turned it into what it is today. We at Only Biography are determined to help you get to know some of them! 

To help you get a better idea of what we are talking about, take a look at some of the notable and most important women in world history: 

Jane Austen 

For all of the people out there who love reading books, particularly romantic, coming-of-age novels, then Jane Austen is an excellent role model. She was born in 1775 in England and began writing novels in her teenage years. Some of her most well-known works include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. 

The reason why so many people, particularly women, love Austen’s works is that they are romantic, funny, realistic and talk about the roles of women in society. The fact that her identity as the author of her novels wasn’t revealed until her death in 1817 says a lot about the discrimination happening back then. 

Catherine the Great 

There have been many queens in history, but Catherine the Great is undoubtedly one of the most famous. She was born in 1729 and quickly rose through the ranks of society to eventually become the wife of King Peter III in Russia. It was a loveless marriage and he was unhappy with how her husband was handling his duties.

So, Catherine was able to successfully overthrow her husband and named herself the Empress of the Russian Empire in 1762. Aside from her historical achievement, the monarchy was also thriving with her just and intelligent rule. Schools were founded, the economy flourished and the arts were taught among so many other achievements. 

Marie Curie

The sciences are a male-dominated field, but one woman stood out and quickly showed that females showed just as much promise in the field compared to any man. Marie Curie was born in 1867 and made history as the first and only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in separate fields of science. 

She won her first Nobel Prize in 1903 with her husband in the realm of Physics. She then brought home a second Nobel Prize in 1911 for her work in Chemistry. She discovered the elements Radium and Polonium, invented a portable x-ray and assisted in all sorts of medical help while the war was going on. 

Rosa Parks 

Racism is also another widespread issue that has plagued the world for the past centuries, and it is still present to this day. One of the notable women in history who took a stand against racism is Rosa Parks, an African-American woman born on February 4 in the United States. She grew to be a strong and opinionated woman who believes in equality.

She sparked a civil rights movement in 1955 when she got on a bus and refused to give her seat away to a white man. This was a time when public transport was divided for white and black passengers to be separated. She was arrested and these events caused protests across the United States and the world, solidifying her mark in history. 

Malala Yousafzai

Out of all the women on this list, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest to have achieved so much and is still living to this day. She was born in 1997 in Pakistan and grew up to be a strong and opinionated woman who spoke out against the Taliban, a group of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan who kill and terrorize in the Middle East. 

15-year old Malala stood up to the Taliban members and talked about women’s rights in public. As a result, one of the Taliban members boarded her school bus and shot her in the head. Malala survived and instantly became an inspiration for women and activists all over the world. 

Anne Frank

World War II is one of the most brutal moments of history and it took the lives of millions of people. Out of all the bloodshed and the horrifying parts of history, one life stood out among the rest and her name was Anne Frank. Anne was born in 1929 in a German-Dutch family and started writing a diary at the age of thirteen. 

She recounted all of the things that she and her family experienced during the time of Hitler. When the war ended, only Anne’s father survived and made the decision to publish Anne’s diary. It has since been translated into over 70 languages and remains to be one of the most influential books in the world. 

Amelia Earhart

The world of aviation and engineering is a male-dominated industry even until now. You can only imagine the struggles of Amelia Earhart back in the 1920’s. She is an excellent example of a woman who broke gender stereotypes because she was into basketball, fixing cars and loved studying for a brief time in college. 

Her passion led her to aviation, where she took exams and passed her flight test in the early 1920s. She inspired many women around the world even to this day. However, her disappearance remains to be one of the biggest mysteries ever. Earhart wanted to break another aviation record by being the first one to circumnavigate the globe, but she was never found and was presumed dead. 

Edith Cowan 

Last but certainly not least, Edith Cowan was another woman in history who will never be forgotten. She was born in Australia and became known as a social reformer for children and women’s rights. This was all done in the 1800s, a time when women and children were still considered the minority compared to men. 

Growing up in a broken family, Edith used this as a form of inspiration and grew up to dedicate her life to women and children’s rights. When she was 59 years old, she became the first woman to be elected into the Australian parliament and sparked a lot of controversy and inspiration at the same time. 

If you are inspired by these amazing women just like us, then you can stand for what they believed in. A free and fair world is within reach only if people know about the issues regarding sexism and inequality. No matter where you are or who you meet, there is no such thing as a superior gender. 

What are biographies and how do they work?

Now that you have seen some of the biographies of famous women in history, it’s time to see what exactly biographies are and how they work. Luckily, this is exactly our expertise here at Only Biography. So, read on to learn more about these and how they work! 

For starters, biographies are types of text that talk about people in history. They don’t necessarily have to discuss famous people. In fact, you can make a biography of your sibling or your current best friend if you wanted to. However, we at Only Biography make it a point to write biographies about interesting people who our readers would love to know about. 

A biography should have information about that specific person and their life. Some of these pieces of information include the moment when they were born, who their parents are, where they went to school and a lot more. Their achievements in life and what they did for a living is also a big bulk of that content. 

The biography should also include the later years of their life, how they died and what kind of mark they left behind in the world. It’s all a matter of showing how that person lived and why it’s something others should think about. 

People often mistake biographies for autobiographies. These are two different things simply because of the people that write them. A biography is a feature of a person’s life written by another person. On the other hand, an autobiography is a feature where a person writes about their own life.

About Only Biography

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