During the ancient times women had fewer opportunities to be successful. The women who have overcome the hardships during the ancient times are fabulous and amazing. Big respect to these wonder women! Few of the women are remembered for their achievements while others are remembered for the good things done to the society. Who are the most popular women in history? We have some women who are not just famous but are inspiring. It is difficult to find out the best and most popular women in the world. These women are from cinema, politics, science and souls that are born to help. These women have a big fan base around the world.
Let’s check out the list of 10 most famous women in history:
10. Eva Perón, Politician
Eva Perón was from a poor family and later went on to become one of the greatest legendary figures in the history of Argentina. As the first lady and wife to President Juan Perón, she became a leading political figure. With the help of her power and husband, she was able to help the poor. She campaigned for the poor and underprivileged. Before becoming the husband of Juan Perón, she was an actress. Initially, Eva Perón dreamed of becoming an actress.
During her labor movement, she worked hard to help the poor. She was brave and a skilled-speaker. During her campaign, she had to fight against the oppositions like the army. She was a powerful figure among the Pro-Peronist trade unions. Later, she found the charitable Eva Perón Foundation. Due to her declining health, she turned down the post of vice president. She died at an age of 33. Even after her death, she fascinates many people around the world today. She is a subject of several books, movies and plays. Eva was so famous that her body was embalmed.
9. Valentina Tereshkova, Cosmonaut
Valentina Tereshkova was a famous Russian cosmonaut, engineer and politician. She is the first woman to fly into space. She was the only one to get selected out of the 400 applicants to fly into space. The mission was Vostok 6. She flew into space on 16 June 1963. Before flying into space she was an amazing pilot. After 1969, she became the member of Communist Party of the Soviet Union. After the fall of the Soviet Union, she continuously remained active in politics. Valentina Tereshkova became a hero of the post-Soviet Russia and much of the world. Tereshkova is the only woman in the world to orbit our Earth 48 times in a solo mission. For the opening ceremony of 2014 Winter Olympics, she was the flag bearer. Her name has been part of games, films, music and plays.
8. Florence Nightingale, Founder of Modern Nursing
Florence Nightingale is world-famous for her nickname “The Lady with the Lamp”. She was an English statistician and the founder of modern nursing. Her prominence came to light during the Crimean War. She was a well-trained nurse and was the manager of 38 other trained nurses trained by her. Nightingale help setup a great care for the wounded soldiers. She found that the poor facilities and hygiene at the camps were horrific, so she sent a plea to The Times for a government solution. The result was the Renkioi Hospital, a civilian facility. Nightingale is responsible for reducing the death rates from 42% to 2%.
She created a revolution in the sanitary and nursing field. In 1860, her first official nurses’ training programme opened through Nightingale School for Nurses. She has great contributions in the English feminism. She is one of the greatest social workers to have ever been born.
7. Anne Frank, Holocaust Victim
Anne Frank was a German diarist who is best-known as a Jewish victim of the Holocaust. She became famous posthumously after the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl. It is a real-life documentation of Anne Frank in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. This book is one of the most popular and widely known books in the world. It is the source of several films and plays. Anne Frank died at an age of 15 on February or March 1945 in a Nazi concentration camp.
After her death, she is so popular that a biographical museum was dedicated to Anne Frank. The museum is known as Anne Frank House that was opened on 3 May 1960. In June 1999, Time magazine published a special edition titled “Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century”. Anne Frank was chosen as one of the “Heroes & Icons”.
6. Madonna, Entertainer
Madonna Louise Ciccone is popularly called the “Queen of Pop” since the 1980s. She is not just famous for her singing but also for being a songwriter, actress and businesswoman. She creates impressive visual imagery in music videos and on stage. Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. This entitles her as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. She was on the VH1’s countdown of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Rolling Stone magazine recognizes her as one among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. She is known for creating history in the music world through her lyrics and videos.
On the acting arena she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She has her good share of contributions to various charities. She found the Raising Malawi organization in 2006 which helps the extremely poor. Madonna is an influential musician and entertainer in history.
5. Joan of Arc, War Heroine
Joan of Arc was a 15th Century French heroine for her brave act during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War. Since her death many works of literature, painting, sculpture and other cultural works describe Joan of Arc as a popular figure. She was one of the most beautiful women in history. Joan of Arc was a peasant girl living in medieval France. She believed that God has sent her to lead France to victory against England. The girl didn’t have any military training but convinced prince Charles of Valois to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans. The French army’s morale rose and led to a French victory.
On 23 May 1430, she was captured by an ally of the English, the Burgundian faction. After handing over to the English, she was put on trial. She was declared guilty by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon on variety of charges. She was sentenced to death on 30 May 1431 by the English at the age of 19.
4. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most famous pop-culture icons in the world and in history. She was a symbol of female attractiveness during the 1950s. The beauty was a famous American actress, singer and model. The most famous scenes of her career were “Monroe is standing on a subway grate with the air blowing up the skirt of her white dress”. The scene lasting for several hours attracted a crowd of around 2,000 spectators. Several professional photographers took photos of the iconic pose. She is one of the most famous stars of classical Hollywood cinema.
Marilyn Monroe died at an early age of 36 on August 5, 1962 which the world wasn’t expecting. By the time of her death she was already grossing $200 million. She was an active top-billed actress for only a decade. Due to her conflicting public image, she rose to popularity. Today, she remains as a cultural icon and the legacy continues.
3. Mother Teresa, Social Worker
Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun and missionary whose mission was “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”. She is the founder of Order of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. The charitable foundation was active in 133 countries in 2012. Mother Teresa is the recipient of the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She is one of the 20th Century’s greatest humanitarians. Mother Teresa lived in Macedonia, Ireland and India. She has been part of several movies, plays, books and popular-culture. There is a university under her name in India known as Mother Teresa Women’s University. She touched millions of lives across the globe through her charitable works. Her foundation set up several clinics, dispensaries and homes to help HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and leprosy patients. She even set-up schools and orphanages.
She died in 1997 at the age of 87 in Calcutta, India. Even after her death millions of people benefit from her foundation. She is a famous woman in the world to have ever lived.
2. Cleopatra, Ruler of Egypt
Cleopatra VII Philopator is famously known as Cleopatra. She was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. In all of the history, Cleopatra is famous for her enchanting beauty. Her legacy is visible in several works of arts, literature and media. Films such as Cleopatra (1934) and Cleopatra (1963) are examples of her popularity. The most famous play on Cleopatra’s legacy is by William Shakespeare – Antony and Cleopatra. The queen was also famous for the affair with Julius Caesar. She died at an age of 39 on 12 August 30 BC. Following her death, Cleopatra and her legacy mesmerizes and interests several historians, researchers and public throughout the next centuries. During the time of male domination, Cleopatra proved to be a powerful leader and equal to other male counterparts. Her legacy, power, beauty and leadership will resonate in the coming centuries.
1. Marie Curie, Scientist
Marie Curie is one of the most famous women scientists in the world to date. She has become an iconic figure in the scientific world. Today, she receives tributes from across the world, even in the domain of pop-culture. Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who is known for her researches in radioactivity. She was the first woman in the world to win a Nobel Prize. Marie Curie is the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. She was also the first person and only woman to win twice. Her achievements are endless. She is credited with the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. Marie Curie found the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw which remains as major centres of medical research today. Marie Curie and Pierre Curie were the most powerful couples of those times.