7 women who did what no one expected and changed history

These powerful women overcame adversity and challenged gender stereotypes to become one of the most influential females in history. Read on to find out about their incredible stories and get inspired.

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Elizabeth I did not establish Protestantism in England. Henry VIII, her father, was the first monarch to introduce a new state religion to the English, the Anglican church. In 1532, he wanted to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon. When Pope Clement VII refused to consent to the divorce, Henry VIII decided to separate the entire country of England from the Roman Catholic Church.
Jun 29, 2018 5:08PM
I've never heard of Cesária Évora before today! My vote goes to Eleanor Roosevelt. Oprah is definitely to be honored because of what she had to overcome. And what about Mother Teresa? Well there are very many special women of history ... and a lot of them have not even been recognized to date!!!
Jul 9, 2019 11:04AM
Dave Woodward
How can you include Oprah Winfrey in this list? She is nothing more than a TV person who has made money by wheeling and dealing. She is and always has been very self-centered and would climb over anyone to get whatever she wanted. She would never get my vote for anything
Aug 3, 2019 1:14PM
Valerie Campion
Where's Florence Nightingale
Sep 1, 2020 5:40PM
Lest we forget, Madame Curie! Incomplete list
Jul 30, 2021 8:31PM
Eleanor Flower
There are many strong women, one was my own mother!
Jul 2, 2018 4:10PM
Eleanor Flower, And, who was she?
Jan 18, 2023 10:43AM
Allison Aspden
Interesting information about these high-profile women.
Jan 3, 2023 1:30AM
Dave Woodward, agree 100%
Nov 15, 2022 4:48PM
Trixie - Rose
This tiny selection is just a drop in the ocean. I don't view Ms. Winfrey as "great", so scratch her from your list.
Nov 9, 2022 2:23AM
Trixie - Rose
ninakamwene, Oprah is nothing more than a nosy Parker, preying on people's pain
Nov 9, 2022 2:19AM
Trixie - Rose
davidmidgley, Oprah? A glorified nosy parker
Nov 9, 2022 2:16AM
Trixie - Rose
Re:#5. Sandie Shaw was singing barefoot in the 60s
Nov 9, 2022 2:15AM
Trixie - Rose
billyboy915, that's not what is implied. Elizabeth established Protestantism after her sister, Mary, had torn apart all their father's (HENRY VIII) good work 🏵️
Nov 9, 2022 2:13AM
Oprah? Just a self righteous mouthpiece.
Aug 5, 2022 7:03PM
billyboy915, not quite. He still considered England Catholic, and so it is today. He merely inserted himself as being in charge of all temporal matters in his kingdom.
Aug 5, 2022 7:02PM
Hypatia, Marie Curie, Annie Jump Cannon (and all of the “Harvard Computers”). There are many wonderful women who have risen above and contributed immensely to the world of science.
Jun 11, 2022 12:00AM
Cindy Ursan
Dave Woodward, couldn’t disagree more…
Dec 4, 2021 6:30AM
John Mullin
A Medieval Frenchwoman, a sixteenth century Englishwoman,two women we’d never heard of, and no fewer than three American women make up the cut. Well done America!
Apr 19, 2020 7:40PM

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