Throughout history, there have been many women that won the respect and the admiration they deserved due to their passion for the things they liked and their accomplishments. And we are not referring just to modern women, most of the women on this list were born in an era where they were oppressed and without a lot of power. make sure not to miss #17, #14 and #13!

20. Oprah Winfrey

Well, everyone knows Oprah Winfrey! However, she wasn’t always rich and glamourous. She had a rough start in life. Even though she started as a poor girl from Mississippi, she managed to become one of the women with the most influence on the crowds, her tv program scored the highest rates for a decade and she became a billionaire!

19. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth was one of the most woman empowering figure in all times. When she was young she managed to get into Harvard and she was one of the nine females there. After she graduated she became the lead counsel for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. She was also the second female that became a justice and sat on the U.S. Supreme Court!

18. Buffalo Calf Road Woman

Even though we don’t know much about her life, what we know is that “Brave Woman,” as she was called, was a fearless warrior that fought bravely at the Battle of Little Big Horn and the Battle of the Rosebud, in the 19th century.

17. Althea Gibson

Gibson was one of the first African-American women that became a major tennis player. She was also the first African-American person that competed at Wimbledon and the first that managed to win a Grand Slam title. Moreover, she also became the first woman who competed in the pro women’s golf tour.

16. Tamar The Great Of Georgia

She was 18 when her father decided to crowd her to co-rule the kingdom with him, in 1184. She ruled for 29 years She managed to rule successfully the kingdom and to make a team of really strong medieval knights come to her side. In that way, she ended up creating one of the most fierce armies ever.

15. Mileva Maric

Well, it might help if we mention the last name that Maric once had. Einstein-Maric. Yes, she was Albert Einstein’s first wife. She was the only woman that attended the Zürich’s Polytechnic School, where Albert was also attending and she managed to become a  mathematician.

14. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. was an African-American journalist that became the leader in the Civil Rights Movement and tried hard for women’s rights. She also awakened people about what was happening in the South at that era and she was also fighting for justice by boycotting unfair lawsuits.

13.  Frida Kahlo

Frida Khalo was a Mexican artist that took her pain due to the condition that she was suffering (polio) and made it into art. She expressed herself with her surrealist art and especially with her self-portraits. She became an empowering feminist icon, due to her self expression.

12. Ronda Rousey

Ronda was one tough female! Even though she couldn’t speak until she turned six, she turned out to be the first American woman in history that won an Olympic medal in judo and if that wasn’t enough she became the first female UFC fighter that was also included into the UFC Hall of Fame.

11. Irom Chanu Sharmila

Sharmila was nicknamed as the “Iron Lady,” and not without a reason. She fought against India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which would arrest anyone if there were suspicions that they were enemies of the government. She became a symbol of resistance.

10. Peggy Whitson

Peggy Whitson, who was an astronaut and a biochemistry researcher in NASA, became known as the only American that stayed so long in space. She spent 665 days there!

9. Angela Vorobeva

This specific woman proves that age is just a number! At the age of 86 years old, Angela who was born in Russia, gain the title of the oldest woman that had ever had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!

8. Sapho

Sapho was a woman that even though she had been born in 615 BC, her poetry style affects artists till today. Most importantly, this great lyrical poet also ran a school for unmarried females that was called “Tenth Muse”.

7. Aretha Franklin

Well, except being an activist for Civil Rights, she won 18 Grammys and she managed to sale 75 million records worldwide. She was the first woman entering the world of Rock And Roll and she gained a high spot on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Moreover, she won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

6. Kat Gunn

Even though gaming it was once just for boys, here is a female that became a video gamer and show all of the male gamers that a woman can also become successful in this industry. So, 30-year-old  “Mystik”, which is her online gamer, became the highest-paid female member of the gaming industry and she also won the WCG Ultimate Gamer.

5. Harriet Tubman

Well, this woman, became from a slave the queen of Underground Railroad, as she became a spy, a nurse, and many other things to help slaves. She is also known as one of the toughest women as she broke her skull, but never stopped fighting for freedom!

4. The Mirabal Sisters

These three sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal were assassinated by dictator Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. However, that incident made people understand how cruel and corrupted the dictator was, something that led to his assassination six months later, too. As a result, the 25th of November became the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to pay their dues to the three sisters.

3. Margaret Brent

Margaret wrote history when she became the first woman to ask for the right to vote. She was an immigrant from England and in fact, she asked, except her vote, for another one for Lord Baltimore, because she was his solicitor.

2. Misty Copeland

Even though Misty had a rough start in life, growing up with a single mother and not many money, that didn’t stop her from chasing her dream! So, eventually, she became the first African-American principal ballerina, dancing in the American Ballet Theater!

1. Marie Curie

Marie Curie became the first person that managed to win two Nobel Prizes, even though she was born in a poor family and didn’t get a hight education. She was the one that discovered radioactivity and the elements radium and polonium.