We stand on the shoulders of giants. Each of these women below had controversial lives, but they were pioneers. Not just on this day, but every day, we should salute them and their allies.
  1. Mary Seacole (1805 - 1881)
    A Jamaican businesswoman, she set up the British Hotel behind the lines during the Crimea War, caring for wounded servicemen. In 2004, she was voted the greatest Black Briton. In 2016, this statue of her was erected in St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster.
  2. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 - 1928)
    Leader of the British Suffragettes, she helped women win the right to vote.
  3. "There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women".
    Madeleine Albright, the first female US Secretary of State.
  4. Hattie McDaniel (1895 - 1952)
    The first African American to win an Academy Award. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  5. Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
    She is THE ONLY PERSON to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences: Nobel Prize in Physics (1903) and Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1911).
  6. Emily Wilding Davison (1872 - 1913)
    She was arrested NINE TIMES as she fought for the right for women to have the vote in Britain. She went on hunger strikes and was force-fed FORTY NINE TIMES. In the 1913 Derby horse race, she stepped in front of the King's horse and died of her injuries four days later.
  7. "Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult."
    Charlotte Whitton
  8. Happy IWD2017 💪🏾