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31 Seriously Badass Women Who Will Make You Proud To Be A Woman

It might be 100 years since the first British women won the right to vote – even if only women aged over 30 who owned property could vote in 1918 – but the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements serve as a reminder of how much further there is to go in the fight for equality.

Perhaps that’s why this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Press For Progress – all about remembering which hurdles women still have to overcome to achieve parity.

Here is a list of strong women who did their part, both big and small, to make the world a better place.

1. Amelia Earhart Was The First Female Aviator To Fly Solo Across The Atlantic Ocean (1928)

2. Margaret Heafield Was A Director Of Software Engineering For Nasa’s Apollo Space Program (1969)

3. Russia-born Valentina Tereshkova Became The First Woman In Space Aboard The Vostok 6 (1963)

4. One Of The Onna-Bugeisha, Female Samurai Warrior Of The Upper Bushi (Samurai), Class In Feudal Japan (Late 1800’s)

5. This Woman Hitting A Neo-Nazi With Her Handbag In Växjö, Sweden (13 April, 1985)

6. Jeanne Manford With Her Son Morty, Foreground, Marching In The New York City Gay Pride Parade (1972)

7. Marie Curie Was A Polish Physicist And Chemist Famous For Her Work On Radioactivity And Twice A Winner Of The Nobel Prize

8. Kathrine Switzer Was The First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon (1967). When Organizer Jock Semple Realised A Woman Was Running He Tried To Tackle Her

9. Komako Kimura, A Prominent Japanese Suffragist Marched On Fifth Avenue In New York City Demanding The Right To Vote (27 October, 1917)

10. Rosa Louise Mccauley Parks – Civil Rights Activist

11. Anne Frank Was A Jewish Diarist And Writer

12. Women’s Liberation Coalition Marching For Equal Pay (1970)

13. Marina Ginestà Was A French Veteran Of The Spanish Civil War. This Is Her Most Famous Picture At The Top Of Hotel Colón In Barcelona (21 July, 1936)

14. Mary Winsor Holding Suffrage Prisoners Banner In Washington D.C. (1917)

15. Jane Goodall, Leading Primatologist And Conservationalist

Jane with Uruhara pant-hooting, 1996.

16. Nadia Comaneci – The First Women To Score A Perfect 10 In Gymnastics At The Olympic Games

17. Maud Stevens Wagner Was The First Known Female Tattoo Artist In The United States (1907)

18. Annette Kellerman Promoted Women’s Right To Wear A Fitted One-Piece Bathing Suit (1907). She Was Arrested For Indecency

19. Bertha Von Suttner – First Woman Peace Activist And First Woman To Be Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

20. Suu Kyi (burma) Was Under House Arrest For 15 Yrs For Her Pre-democracy Campaigning.

21. Voting Activist Annie Lumpkins At The Little Rock City Jail (10 July, 1961)

22. Gertrude Caroline Ederle Became The First Woman To Swim Across The English Channel (1926)

23. NASA Astronaut Anna Lee Fisher Became The First Mother In Space (1984)

24. Maria Teresa De Filippis, First Female Formula 1 Driver (1958)

25. Ellen O’neal, One Of The Greatests Female Freestyle Skateboarders In The World (1970)

26. A Female Lockheed Employee Works On One In Burbank, California (1944)

27. Ada Lovelace – First Programmer In History

28. These Four Female Pilots Leaving Their Plane At The Four-Engine School At Lockbourne AAF (Early 1940s)

29. Leola N. King, America’s First Female Traffic Cop, Washington D.C. (1918)

30. Angela Davis (b. January 26, 1944), American Political Activist, Scholar, Author & Feminist.

31. Billie Jean King. Us Tennis Legend & Became The First Prominent Female Athlete To Come Out.

LGBT+ A-listers Pledge To Fight Against Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

To kick off 2018, women in Hollywood have announced a plan to fight back against sexual harassment and gender inequality in the entertainment industry and beyond.

The campaign was announced through a full-page ad in the New York Times which was a solidarity letter from all 300 women.

The open letter says that the Time’s Up campaign has been launched “for all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and support for the wrongdoing they have endured.”

The letter was inspired by the 700,000 female farmworkers who signed a solidarity letter in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

In this letter, the women state:

“We have similarly suppressed the violence and demeaning harassment for fear that we will be attacked and ruined in the process of speaking. We share your feelings of anger and shame. We harbour fear that no one will believe us, that we will look weak or that we will be dismissed; and we are terrified that we will be fired or never hired again in retaliation.”

Many of the film-stars have since started using their influence on social media as a way of spreading the word about the Time’s Up campaign.

The initiative, per The New York Times, does not have a set leader; instead, it is run largely by volunteers. However, various initiatives that fall under the group’s umbrella have already been announced.

In December, Kathleen Kennedy kicked off the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a Hollywood-centric initiative led by Anita Hill.

Another initiative, 50/50 by 2020, has also been launched, with the goal of tasking networks, agencies, studios, unions, and others to create intersectional gender parity in their leadership by 2020.

There is also a separate commission focused on making sure the movement is fully intersectional and inclusive of women of color and the L.G.B.T.Q. community at large; Emmy winner Lena Waithe is part of that group, per the Times.

Talking to the Times, Waithe explained.

“No one wants to look back and say they stood at the sidelines.”

Meanwhile, Waithe has been vigorously to help get more people involved with the Time’s Up initiative.

Other Time’s Up members include the actresses Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon; the showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures; the lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen, who served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate responsibility who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation.