Women's role in history hasn't been an easy path, even for the world's most influential leaders. Besides having great wealth, being innovative, and having incredible talents, these icons have shaped the world as we know it today.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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Here are some of the most inspirational women in history.
Cleopatra was a lifelong leader and one of the most ruthless and brilliant rulers of her time. The life of Cleopatra, the last Egyptian pharaoh, was infamous, but she was far more than just the lover of Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Upon her father's death, 18-year-old Cleopatra began to rule Egypt alongside her 10-year-old brother. She associated herself with Isis, the mother goddess. Cleopatra was gorgeous, could speak many different languages, and had a strong political and military science command. Until today, she is still considered one of the most powerful women in history.
Queen Elizabeth I, was a princess but declared illegitimate, eventually claiming the throne before turning 26. She held it for over 40 years and kept England in the ascendant through economic, political, and religious turmoil. Elizabeth had a protestant upbringing. Her choice not to marry was a pragmatic and calculated decision. For this reason, she was celebrated as Gloriana, The Virgin Queen. Elizabeth also cultivated a literary court, and many of them were poets like Sir Philip Sidney and Thomas Sackville. It's no secret that Queen Elizabeth I, restored the chaotic, turmoil-filled nation to powerful empire status.
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Amelia Earhart has become one of the world's most famous aviators. Her determination to follow her dreams and breakthrough barriers continues to inspire today. She was born in 1897 as the older of two sisters. Amelia developed an urge for thrill-seeking at an early age. Before turning eight years old, she decided to make a homemade rollercoaster attached to the family toolshed. A couple of years later, Amelia was hailed as the Queen of the Air by newspapers. The talented aviation pioneer got an unblemished record of flying achievements on her own. In 1928, Amelia became the first woman to fly solo across the North American continent back and forth.
There's no doubt that Frida Kahlo is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. During a time in history when women struggled to find their voice, Frida was paving the way for generations to come. Even through incredible health problems, Frida was able to create some of the most powerful self-portraits the world has ever seen. Frida often traveled with her husband Diego Rivera as he was commissioned for murals throughout the US, and thanks o this, she was able to get involved with many influential people. Frida's fame has grown since her death, especially in the 70s during the feminist movement, as she was admired as an icon of female creativity. Her legacy keeps having a strong influence today.
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