It’s no secret that, throughout history, women have been oppressed and treated as less than men. In the West at least, things have improved significantly over the last 100 years, but they’re still far from perfect. If you get your info from the mainstream historical narrative, a lot of important stories from awesome females are totally ignored or not given the credit they deserve. Comic creator, illustrator and graphic designer, Rori, has started a series she calls “100 Days, 100 Women” to bring attention to some of those who history has been neglecting. So, take a look at these twelve badass women who should be in the history books!
Nova Peris was the first Aboriginal Australian person to win an Olympic gold medal. She was later the first Aboriginal person to be elected to parliament in Australia.
Astronaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space.
Mary Fields was America’s first female postal worker, and an all-round badass.
Isabel Allende is perhaps the most widely-read Spanish-language author, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Marsha Pay-it-no-mind Johnson was an awesome performer and activist for LGBT rights.
Scientist Rosalind Franklin’s research was integral to the discovery of DNA.
Murasaki Shikibu was an author and poet who made incredible contributions to ancient Japanese literature. She also wrote what was possibly the world’s very first novel.
Author Anais Nin was particularly known for the eroticism of her work, which was unusual for a woman writing at that time.
Ida B. Wells was a journalist and tireless civil rights activist.
Elizabeth Peratrovich devoted her life to establishing civil rights from Alaska Natives.
Benazir Bhutto was the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. Sadly, she was assassinated in 2007.
Hypatia was a teacher and head of the school at Alexandria in the ancient Greek empire.