Elizabeth I of England

The Virgin Queen as she is often referred to brought the country the long needed political and religious stability, while her reign also stimulated art and culture, science, technology and exploration. Some of her greatest achievements include repulsion of the external threat, most notably the Spanish and the establishment of Protestant church in England.

Catherine the Great

The reign of the Russian Empress is considered one of the golden ages of pre-revolutionary Russia. She considerably extended the borders of Russia, modernised the country and encouraged art and learning. Catherine the Great was a capable ruler who outperformed many of her male counterparts.

Emmeline Pankhurst

According to the Time magazine, one of the most important people in the 20th century was one of the key figures of the late 19th and early 20th century women’s rights movement. Pankhurst energetically fought for women suffrage and despite the fact that her militant tactics made her a subject of criticism, they helped pave the way to the 1918 Representation of the People Act that gave women (older than 30) the right to vote.

Rosa Parks

African-American civil rights activist is one of the key figures of the movement against racial segregation. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white bus passenger for which she got arrested. But her action played the key role in the abandonment of racial segregation as the bus segregation was declared unconstitutional a little more than one year after the event.

Margaret Thatcher

The Iron Lady is to date the only female British Prime Minister. She soon proved that she is a strong leader and that she isn’t intimidated by her male counterparts. Thatcher also went into history as the longest serving Prime Minister of the UK as she led the country from 1979 to 1990 when she resigned both as PM and leader of her party.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Until recently, the United States Secretary of State is the first former First Lady to hold a post in the President’s Cabinet as well as the only First Lady to run and win the office of the US Senator. In 2006, Hillary closely lost the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination to the current President Barrack Obama but she hasn’t excluded the possibility to run for presidential candidacy in the future.