15 Greatest Women in History

6. Lillian Smith

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She was one of the strongest Euro-American voices which exposed the vicious ways of how racism destroys the human spirit. She was honored in 1956 by the women who organized the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott incident. Armed with exceptional writing talent, Smith published the South Today magazine which was a progressive platform for northern and southern writers.

7. Millicent Fawcett

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Considered as a torchbearer of the suffrage movement (campaigning for the right of women to vote), Millicent Fawcett dedicated her life to peacefully fight for feminist rights. She encouraged her parliamentarian husband Henry to carry on working after he lost his eyes in an accident.

8. Florence Nightingale

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Known all over the world as The Lady with the Lamp, Florence Nightingale was a leading light in the nursing profession. She believed that better nutrition and proper sanitary condition was the key to treating those who fell ill or were injured. She reduced the number of deaths during Crimean War. The world remembers her among the great women in history who considered service to humanity as her mantra.

9. Anne Frank

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When Anne Frank died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, she was only 15. During her stay in Netherlands, hiding from the German occupation forces during World War II, the young Jewish girl wrote a first-person account of Nazi atrocities, in a diary gifted by her father Otto. Later, as an inmate of the labor camp, her diary served as a one-of-its-kind eye witness account of the Holocaust. The diary was published after her death and has since been translated to more than 60 languages.

10. Mother Teresa

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Born as AnjezĂ« Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in 1910, in her lifetime, Mother Teresa helped thousands of starving and sick people with selfless services. She inspired others to follow her path. Mother Teresa’s lifelong work for helping the poor and needy was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. World leaders converged in Kolkata for her funeral service when the Catholic nun breathed her last in 1997.