I spend relatively a lot of time pondering about the women who have listed their name in the history and how can I be like them. In the male dominating society there are women who don’t want the world to come to them but they themselves with their ability want to go to the world and challenge the whole world. This type of badass women are rare to see.
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Scroll down and take a look at those exceptional badass women who refused to be the furniture in someone’s house and are inspirations to all the ladies all around the world who are trying to prove their existence.
1. Ada Lovelace
Augusta Ada Byron, daughter of a romantic poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabelle Milbanke, who got separated after a month of her birth, since Lord Byron wanted a baby boy was born on 10 December,1815 in London, England. Her surname changed when she got married. She is known as the first woman programmer who wrote algorithms for Charles Babbage’s mechanical general purpose computer, the Analytical engine. She was called ‘the Enchantress of the Number’ by Charles Babbage, the father of computer. Finally, she died at the age of 36 on November 27,1852 probably from uterine cancer and was buried beside her father who she had never known.
2. Rosa Parks
Rosa Louise McCauley, entitled as ‘the first lady civil activist’ and ‘the mother of the freedom movement’ by United states congress, was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama, united states. One day when she was travelling in a bus, she was asked to give her seat to a white American since she was African American. She was the first person to stand against racism and her willingness to become a controversial figure inspired the black community people to fight against the racism.
Her first movement was to boycott the Montgomery buses.in 1943 park became active in civil right movement by joining national association for the advancement of the colored people(NAACP). She also collaborated with civil right activist like Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther king jr. in 1992 she published an autobiography entitled ‘Rosa Parks, my story’ mainly for the younger generation explaining about why she did not let her bus seat taken away.
Despite being arrested several times, she continued her efforts to end the racism. As the reward for her struggles and suffering she was awarded the presidential medal of freedom, the highest honor given by the US executive branch. Finally, this badass woman died in October 24 2005 at the age of 92, in her apartment in the east side of Detroit.
3. Marie Curie
Marie Curie is indubitably the most popular among the badass women. Marie Salomé Sklodowska, the first woman to receive Nobel prize twice and only person to receive Nobel prize in two different scientific fields, was born on 7 November 1867 in Poland. Not only this despite her gender she also became a professor at the university of Paris. Her biggest achievement was the development of the theory of radioactivity and discovery of two elements named as polonium and radium.
She has also contributed in the field of medicine by conducting the first studies in neoplasm using radioactive isotopes under her direction. Also during the world war first to provide x rays services to the victims she created mobile radiography machines. To honor her she shared the Nobel prize in physics in 1903 with her husband Pierre curie. Again in 1911 she was again given Nobel prize in chemistry.
The struggle she did in order to rise in the society and gain knowledge inspires every woman to move forward and achieve anything she wants. The death of this great and innovative lady on 4 July 1934 at the age of 66 due to aplastic anemia from exposure to radiation filled the heart of every people with agony and sadness.
4. Eleanor Roosevelt
Born on October 11 1884 in New York city, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the first lady of united states, wife of Franklin D Roosevelt. She was involved in human rights and its issues. She contributed for the rights of women, African-Americans bringing inspirations and courage in them. In 1993 Marian Anderson, the black singer who was denied to use the Washington constitution hall was publicly supported by Eleanor Roosevelt which proves that she was against racism and gender inequality. She became the head of human right commission and played a crucible role in formulation of universal declaration of human right. She said the following words while submitting the charter.
“We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere.”
She worked till the end of her life to implement the charter of universal declaration of the human right and continued doing the humanitarian work. The rights that are we enjoying now wouldn’t have been given to us if Eleanor Roosevelt hadn’t proposed the charter. Finally, this badass woman embraced her deathbed at the age of 78 on November 7,1962 due to cardiac failure.
5. Margaret Hamilton
Finally, it is time to introduce out 5th Badass Women. An American woman computer scientist, programmer and business owner, Margaret Elaine Heafield, was born on August 17, 1936 in Paoli, Indiana, US. She coined the term ‘software engineering’. During her time software development was not even considered as the scientific field and wasn’t considered as the engineering discipline.
She legitimized the software development as one of the engineering’s discipline and later on software engineering got the equal respect as other technical fields. She became the director of the software engineering division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory. Hamilton wrote code for Apollo missions to the moon in late 1960s, and as a result of her work, in 2003, she was awarded with the NASA Exceptional Space Act Award for scientific and technical contributions. Not only this, four years ago she received presidential medal of freedom award from Barack Obama.
Do you know any other badass women? Feel free to mention them in the comment section.