Women leaders who have changed the course of history

Women have certainly influenced and changed society and nations throughout history. Below is a small sample of some of these great women. I have mainly chosen those who have been leaders of people but there are also those who have been leaders in science, sports, exploration, drama and many other areas.

Boudicea – was queen of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the conquering forces of the Roman empire in AD 60. Attacking Roman strongholds in Anglesey, Colchester, and London with great success.

Deborah – a judge and prophetess in the Bible led a successful military campaign against Jabin king of Canaan, the ruling oppressors of Israel at that time.

Joan of Arc – a teenager who helped recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years’ War. She helped lift the siege of Orleans after only 9 days and consequently lifted the morale of the French army.

Elizabeth 1 queen of England (1588-1603) – her 44 years on the throne provided welcome stability for the kingdom and helped forge a sense of national identity. Managed to ward off Spanish invasion, her wisdom brought a measure of peace between the catholics and protestants, the country began to prosper under her rule in many areas of society.

Florence Nightingale (1900s) – was an English social reformer, statistician and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean war organising care for wounded soldiers. A pioneer in her field.

Margaret Thatcher – She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century (1979 to 1990) and the first woman to hold that office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the “Iron Lady”, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. She took Britain forward into greater success, economically and politically, and raised Britain’s profile on the world stage with victory in the Falklands war.

Hope you feel inspired, and hope you have a great month

Mike

Quotations:

“This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Queen Elizabeth I

“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.”

Margaret Thatcher

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About Mike Osborn CEng

A Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers living in the UK with a passion for engineering design, technology and innovation, peppered with a little humour. Presently running a small engineering design & CAD drawing solutions business, serving mainly London and home counties. www.osborndesign.co.uk
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