was a microbiologist and academic from Ireland. She was the first female Deputy
President and Registrar of University College Dublin.
She studied at University College and Trinity
College Dublin, earning a PhD in Microbiology. She became the chairwoman of the
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in 1996, making her one of the
most influential persons in Irish education.
1942) is an Icelandic academic and political scientist. She is a leading figure
in the research into the concept of love on an international level.
She is the co-director
of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender
Studies, as well as Professor Emerita at the Center for Feminist Social Studies
at Orebro University. She has written several books on the politics of gender,
such as Why Women Are Oppressed or Love:
A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-first Century.
Janelle Monáe (b. 1985) is an
award-winning musician and actress. She has released three studio albums and
starred in two highly acclaimed films, Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
Among her many awards are a VMA, 2 Black Reel
Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Additionally, she has been nominated
for a Grammy 6 times. In 2018 she was named “Trailblazer of the Year”
at the Billboard Women in Music event.
Musimbi Kanyoro (b. 1953)
is a human rights advocate from Kenya. She is the President and CEO of the
Global Fund for Women, positions she has held since 2011.
She studied in
her native Kenya and in the United States. In 1998 she became the first woman
to serve as World Secretary General for the YWCA, an organisation which seeks
to empower women and girls worldwide. She is involved in many other human
rights organisations, such as the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
and the World Health Organization.
Elizabeth Choy (1910-2006)
is considered a war heroine in Singapore. During World War II, she supplied
medicine and messages to POWs interned in Changi Prison during the Japanese
occupation of the island.
She was born in present-day Malaysia and went to
study in Singapore, after which she pursued a career in education. During the
war she served as a volunteer nurse with the Medical Auxiliary Service, as well
as a second lieutenant in the women’s auxiliary arm of the Singapore Volunteer
Corps. She delivered packages to the prisoners even at great risk to herself,
and received numerous honours for her humanitarian work, including being made a
member of the Order of the British Empire.
Hedvig Nordenflycht (1718-1763)
was an early Swedish feminist. She was the host of a literary salon in
Stockholm and supported women’s writing in her country.
Her literary debut took place in 1742 with the
poem The Lament of the Swedish Woman.
In 1753 she became the only female member of the literary academy Tankebyggarorden, created with the
purpose of reforming Swedish literature.
Caroline Kennedy (b. 1957)
is the daughter of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. She is an attorney and diplomat
who served as the US Ambassador to Japan and dedicated her career to law and
She studied at
Harvard and later earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. She has
written two books on civil liberties and supported Democratic candidates for
the US presidency, endorsing causes such as same-sex marriage and abortion
Ruth Patrick (1907-2013) was a scientist
specializing in freshwater ecology. Her most important research focused on
developing ways to measure the health of freshwater ecosystems.
She obtained her PhD from the University of
Virginia, and while there conducted revealing research on the geology of the
state. She was a volunteer curator of microscopy for the Academy of Natural
Science for eight years before she was paid for this work. Her research was
rewarded with numerous prizes, such as the National Medal of Science or the
Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Sciences.
Barbara Pierce Bush (b. 1981, pictured above with sister
Jenna) is the daughter of former president George W. Bush. She is an advocate
for different causes such as health issues and LGBT rights.
Unlike her immediate family, she does not align
herself with the Republican Party. She is the president and co-founder of
Global Health Corps, a nonprofit organization working for global health equity.
She also campaigned for same-sex marriage before it was legalized in the United
Sally Davies (b. 1949) is the Chief Medical
Officer in England, the first woman to hold the position. She specializes in
the treatment of diseases of the blood and bone marrow.
She became the Director-General of Research and
Development for London, and created the National Institute for Health Research.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences.