Women have been pushed aside and pushed down for most of history. Even when a woman is given the opportunity to make a contribution, there´s often a man who is there and ready to take the credit right out from under her feet. Today we celebrate those unsung heroines who are finally getting the credit they deserve.
Born in 1815, Ada was a pioneer. Not only by taking up mathematics and casting off the roles society wanted to give her, she is often referred to as the ¨first computer programmer¨ for her contributions to the field of computer programming.
Dr. Chien Sung
Dr. Shiung was one of the scientists involved in the Manhattan Project and the development of the nuclear bomb. As a physicist she was recognized for her work when she won the Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978.
Dr. Edith Summerskill
Dr. Summerskill was a feminist who dedicated her life to children and women´s rights. She worked on legislation in Britain to provide equal rights for housewives and divorced women. She even served in the House of Commons from 1967-1976.
As an activist, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of women´s, children´s and refugee rights. Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer who was actually the first Iranian to ever win the prize. She currently lives in the UK as she was threatened and exiled from Iran for her criticism of the regime.
Johnson-Sirleaf is the 24th President of Liberia and the only woman to have been elected as the head of state in Africa. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of women and securing internal security in Africa, in 2011.