By Bri O. on January 30, 2018
The saying that "well-behaved women seldom make history" has been attributed to many exceptional women, and it's still not clear who said it - but whoever she was, it's absolutely clear that she was right.
The status quo has been pretty horrific for women throughout most of history, with second-class status enshrined in law, legal personhood not guaranteed until the late 1800's, the vote finally coming along in the early-to-mid 1900's, and certain other rights - like holding a bank account and having one's own credit, without which you can't build wealth or an independent future - even later than that.
Despite this, many women have broken through the expectations of their times to become thinkers, leaders, and heroes. They were pioneers of aviation, entrepreneurs who changed the way we all shop, medical visionaries who changed their field, and advocates for justice for those less fortunate or powerful than themselves.
They stood up for what was right at a time that people like them weren't expected to stand up at all, and they forced the world to listen. They blazed a trail that has made today's people - male and female - freer, happier, and more prosperous... and they're still inspiring us all with their example. Let's see which of these titans you are most like!