Amazing Female Leaders Who Have Been Forgotten By History

Did you know March is women’s history month? Neither did I until I received a fantastic infographic from the folks over at Brighton School of Business & Management.

This inforgraphic showed many women leaders who haven’t gotten the proper recognition in history books.

Do you know these female leaders?

What makes these women so special? Let’s take a dive into their crowing achievements and see how they changed the world.

1. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: Dr. Blackwell was the first female MD and also helped form the New York Infirmary for Women and Children.

2. Annie Smith Peck: Peck, at the ripe age of 58, set the record for the highest climb in the Western Hemisphere.

3. Sojourner Truth: At the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851, Truth delivered the dramatic speech Ain’t I A Woman? dealing with racial inequalities.

4. Beatrice Potter Webb: Webb co-founded the London School of Economics and Political Science

5. Mary Lou Williams: Williams founded the label Mary Records, the first record label started by a woman.

6. Murasaki Shikibu: Shikibu wrote The Tale of Genji in 1008. This novel is considered to be the earliest novel in human history.

7. Lilian Bland: Bland was one of the first women in the world to design, build, and fly an aircraft.

8. Ethel L. Payne: Payne was one of three accredited African Americans in the White House press corps. She covered the American Civil Rights Movement, the White House and international affairs. Payne is often regarded as the first lady of the black press.

9. Nellie Bly: Bly went undercover as a patient in the notorious asylum on Blackwell’s Island. She also broke the world record in traveling around the world in 72 days.

10. Anna Nzinga Mbandi: Mbandi governed with skill and held off Portuguese colonialism.

These female leaders have many great achievements under their belts. Yet they’re often forgotten about in history classes around the world.

There are many more women leading who are overlooked as well. Let’s begin to recognize these fantastic leaders regardless of gender.

Question: Who’s a female leader you look up to? Share who it is and why you admire her in the comments section below.

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