33 Most Powerful Women Throughout History

Oct 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm |

Who Runs the World?

So often, when we study both history and current events, all we hear about are the achievements, failures, and opinions of men.

Ubiquitous and socially pervasive gender inequality is one of the most damning and deciding factors in writing the history of the world: from all the opportunities denied them to the ways they became influential, women have expanded their freedoms and forged feminist and postfeminist movements.

And yet regardless of how far we’ve come, outdated gender roles still harm our children, who grow up being told they have different limitations and expectations because of their sex.

Tired of reading and hearing about the same old men in your history books and on the news? Then keep reading to learn about some of the most powerful and influential women from ancient times to today!

Of course we couldn’t fit in every single woman deserving of this honor, but we have a fair selection of politicians, thinkers, entertainers, and activists to remind you without women, none of us would be here.

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Without strong women like these, none of us would be here.

Meet the most powerful women in history