Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pretty Awesome Women

So, let's face it, as women, we kind of get the short end of the stick in the world.  But today, I'm going to give you a list of women who basically blew their male counterparts out of the water, and did it in a time when women didn't really have the same freedoms as they do now.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc is probably one of my favorite biblical figures.  Though, technically, we can't prove her existence, we're pretty sure she actually existed.  She basically ended the hundred years war, claiming divine inspiration from God.  Whether this was actually true or not, Joan of Arc led armies and won battles and basically did all the things that all the men in the world couldn't do in the past 100 years.

Queen Elizabeth I

We should not be shocked at all that I included Queen Elizabeth in this list.  A. I love Tudor England and B. She was pretty damn awesome.  Elizabeth ruled better than any of the men ever had.  She brought a golden age to England and managed to hold her throne for over sixty years.  She beat the Spanish Armada (which was HUGE at the time, because Spain had what most considered an unbeatable Navy) and her people were prosperous under her entire reign.  She was the sovereign that her father had always wanted.  She also never took a husband, making her the only queen to rule singularly in England.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie revolutionized work with radiation.  Anything we know today about radiology was based on her experiments and findings.  We have radiation for cancer patients today because of Curie.  The woman was so dedicated to her work that eventually, she fell victim to leukemia because of daily exposure to radiation.  But not before being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Margaret Thatcher

Want to know a woman who didn't take crap from anyone?  That would be Margaret Thatcher.  She was called Britain's Iron Lady and she earned that title, bring about a free-market to Britain, despite much oposition.  She was the first woman Prime Minister in England and, while she may not have been well liked by those she worked with, she was well liked by her people.  She holds the record for longest time in office.

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