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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of partial suffrage, we’ve made a list of the 100 most inspirational women from the last century.
Some are feminist mainstays, some are relative unknowns and some are controversial – but they all changed the world.
What she taught us: True grit: ‘I knew it could be done, it had to be done, and I did it.’ Who: Helen Keller Why she inspires us: Having lost her sight and hearing at a young age, Keller defied expectations to achieve a bachelor’s degree and inspired generations as an activist for disability rights.
Who: Amelia Earhart Why she inspires us: Queen of the Air, Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
What she taught us: To do everything in your power to achieve your dream, from little things such as sleeping in your leather jacket to make it seem ‘worn’ to daring to fly across oceans solo.
What she taught us: Speak your truth and you could inspire generations of writers.
Who: Josephine Baker Why she inspires us: Baker was an American triple-threat who found fame away from racial prejudice in France, but returned to her homeland to fight racism with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).
From badass suffragettes to empowering quotes: ladies, prepare for a healthy dose of #inspo.