Although many leadership lists tend to include just men, there have been some great women who have shaped today’s world as well. These notable women have a variety of backgrounds and influences, but they also have one thing in common. They were willing to stand up bravely in the face of injustice and do something about it.
1. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mother Teresa may have been a Roman Catholic sister, but her work proved that she had a transformational leadership style. She worked hard to give free services to the poorest of the poor and refused to give up on anyone. Although she is remembered for great things, she is also widely criticized for some of her stances and the conditions of some of her facilities. She is also just one step away from being recognized as a saint.
2. Susan B. Anthony
Anthony helped to bring women’s rights to where they are today. She was born into a Quaker family where social equality was normal and that’s the attitude she wanted to bring to the rest of the world. Anthony also worked to prove support was in place to end slavery and eventually the amendment to the Constitution that gave women the official right to vote was ratified in 1920 under her name.
3. Clara Barton
Barton was a nurse who also worked as a teacher at times. She worked outside of the home at a time when this was unpopular to do, but she had a desire to help others. Her name grew in popularity during the Civil War and she wanted equal rights for minorities, but her greatest accomplishment was to begin the American branch of the Red Cross.
Not much is actually known about Sappho’s life. What we do know about her was that she had an amazing ability to form words into fluid poetry. Much of her work has been lost over the years, but her name has continued to live on because of the influence that she was ability to develop. She focused on simplistic thought clarity and vivid imagery and her image can be found on many of the relics of antiquity.
5. Harriet Tubman
Not only was Tubman a spy for the North during the Civil War, but she was also an abolitionist and humanitarian. Not too bad for a woman who was born into slavery. Over her lifetime, she was given credit for directly saving 70 others from slavery and she began the Underground Railroad to save thousands more. After the war, she also became a champion for women’s rights in the US.
6. Joan of Arc
Women can be great leaders at any age. Although it was a time of peace during the Hundred Year’s War when she was born, the British were oppressing her people. She stood up against this oppression as a teenager and led several successful military campaigns before being captured in defeat.
7. Julia Child
Sometimes leadership can come in social forms as well, as Julia Child proved in becoming a household name for her cooking expertise. Her cookbook has become a must-have item for any home chef and her work continues to live on with every innovation that someone makes with food today.