A list of the most famous women from around the world.
1. Princess Diana (1961 – 1997) – Princess of Wales, married to Prince Charles. Later divorced. Known for her humanitarian and charity work, she died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
2. Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) – Third Prime Minister of India 1966-77 and 1980-84. Wielded considerable influence in post-war India shaping constitution and society. Assassinated by Sikh bodyguards in 1984.
3. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) – Queen of Great Britain during nineteenth century. Oversaw dramatic rise in prominence of Great Britain and her Empire.
4. Madonna (1958 – ) American singer and songwriter. Often noted for controversial lyrics and activities. Best selling female artist of all time.
5. Mary Magdalene (4 BC – 40AD) – Devotee of Jesus Christ. Present at Christ’s crucifixion and the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection.
6. Benazir Bhutto (1953 – 2007) Prime Minister of Pakistan. First woman to lead a Muslim state.
7. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929 – 1994 )- Wife of John F. Kennedy. Cultural and fashion icon of the 1960s. Made contributions to preservation of historic architecture.
8. Cleopatra (69 -30 BC) – Last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Had relationship with Roman rulers, Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.
9. Joan of Arc (1412-1431) – Young girl who inspired French to revolt against British rule. Burnt at the stake for witchcraft.
10. Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) – Actress, model and icon of post war America.
11. Mother Teresa (1910-1997) – Nun and charity worker. Mother Teresa dedicated life to serving poor and disadvantaged.
12. Anne Frank ( 1929-1945) – Jewish diarist who documented her life hiding in an Amsterdam attic during the Nazi occupation. Died at Belsen concentration camp in last months of the war.
13. Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) – Actress. Voted greatest female screen legend of all time. Fashion icon and humanitarian who worked for Unicef.
15. Billie Jean King (1943- ) – Tennis player and advocate for equality between men and women
16. Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) – Queen of France and one of the wealthiest and most powerful women of the middle ages.
17. Hilary Clinton (1947 – ) US Secretary of State 2009-2013. First lady during Bill Clinton’s presidency and democratic candidate for President in 2008.
18. Brigitte Bardot (1934- ) French actress, dancer, singer and after retiring from the entertainment industry an animal rights activist.
19. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) – American wife of F.D.Roosevelt and human rights campaigner.
- St Teresa Of Avila (1515-1582) – Saint, mystic and writer.
- Agatha Christie (1890-1973)- Best selling crime fiction author
- Catherine de Medici (1519-1589)
- Mata Hari – (1876 – 1917) Exotic dancer, executed as spy during First World War
- J.K.Rowling (1965- ) – Author of Harry Potter series.
- Elizabeth I (1533-1603) – Queen of England
- Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) Swedish actress. Featured in Casablanca.
- Catherine the Great (1729-1796) – Queen of Russia
- Angelina Jolie (1975 – ) US actress, film producer, humanitarian
- Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) – Early feminist and writer.
- Jane Austen (1775-1817) – Writer
- Aung San Suu Kyi (1945- ) Burmese democrat.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) – Anti slavery campaigner
- Mae West (1892-1980) – US actress
- Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) – Pioneering nurse
- Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) – Political activist for women and human rights
- Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) – Poet
- Marie Antoinette (1755-1795) – French Queen of Austrian birth
- Emily Pankhurst (1858-1928) – Suffragette
- Marie Curie (1867-1934) – Nobel Prize winning scientist
- Emily Murphy (1868-1933) – Female lawyer
- Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919) – Political activist
- Zsa Zsa Gabor (1919- ) Hungarian actress
- Bette Davis (1908-1989) – US actress
- Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965) – US businesswomen
- Helen Keller (1880-1968) – campaigner for death and blind.
- Emily Bronte (1818 – 1848) – English writer
- Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) – adventurer.
- Raisa Gorbachev – Wife of Mikhail Gorbachev
- Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) – Multiple Oscar winning actress
- Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) – Philosopher
- Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) German actress
- Rosa Parks (1913-2005) – American political activist
- Grace Kelly (1929-1982) – American actress and Princess of Monaco
- Hildegard of Bingen 1098-1179 – nun, musician and poet.
- Billie Holiday (1915-1959) – Iconic jazz singer
- Eva Peron (1919-1952) – Wife of Argentinian President.
- Yoko Ono (1933- ) US artist, musician
- Betty Friedan (1921-2006) – Leading feminist of 1960s.
- Queen Elizabeth II – British Queen from 1953.
- Mrs Thatcher ( 1925-) – British Prime Minister during 1980s.
- Dian Fossey (1932-1985) – Environmentalist
- Germaine Greer (1939- Feminist and writer
- Enid Blyton – Children’s author
- Betty Williams 1945- Peace activist from Northern Ireland.
- Lauren Bacall (1924- ) US actress
- Julie Andrews – Actress famous for role in Sound of Music.
- Jane Goodall – Environmentalist and Chimpanzee enthusiast
- Amy Johnson – (1903-1941) – Pioneering aviator
- Martina Navratilova (1956 – ) US Tennis player
- Daphne Du Maurier – (1907-1989) British novelist
- Golda Meir (1898 – 1978) – Israeli leader
- Tegla Laroupe (1973 – ) Kenyan marathon runner
- Elizabeth Taylor (1932- ) actress
- Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941)- Writer
- Maya Angelou – Poet
- Anita Roddick (1942-2007) UK businesswomen and environmentalist.
- Barbara Cartland – Best selling author
- Beatrix Potter – Author and conservationist.
- Shakira - Colombian pop star
- Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) Russian ballet dancer.
- Edith Cavell - British nurse shot as spy in First World War
- St Therese Lisieux – Saint and writer
- Estee Lauder (1908- ) US, cosmetics executive
- Sappho Biography (570BC) – Poet
- Marie Stopes – Cancer research
- Susan Boyle – Singer
- Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) – Irish writer
- Vera Brittain ( ) English writer, poet, pacifist
- Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) poet
- Whoopi Goldberg (1994-) actress
- Gabriela Mistral – Latin American poet
- Kate Middleton – Wife of Prince William
- Mary Seacole - (1805-1881) Nurse during Crimean war
- Maria Callas (1923-1977) US opera singer
- Mirabai 1498-1565 – Indian princess and singer of devotional songs.
- Lady Gaga – Twenty First Century pop icon
- Boudicca 1st Century – Ruler of Britons during rebellion against Romans.
- Louise Mary Alcott (1832-1888) – US writer
- Emily Brontë (1818-1850) – British writer
Other famous women of Twenty First Century
- Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011 ) Kenyan born environmentalist. Nobel Peace Prize
- Shirin Ebadi (1947- ) An Iranian lawyer. Nobel Peace Prize.
- Tegla Laroupe (1973 – ) Kenyan runner and peace activist.
- Malala Yousafzai (1997 – ) Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban
Women Who Have Changed the World
- Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World Through the Eyes of Great Women Writers at Amazon.com
- Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World Through the Eyes of Great Women Writers at Amazon.co.uk