Hello lovely hearters!

Happy International Women's Day! We’ve been celebrating women all month long, and today we want to shout out 11 amazing women who changed the world. We hope that you find inspiration in their stories and that you celebrate yourself today because you, just like all women, are absolutely amazing.

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1. Agatha Christie

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“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all, I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

Agatha Christie lived from 1890 to 1976 in a small town on the southern coast of the UK. With dreams of becoming a writer, she was rejected six consecutive times before publishing her first novel. She then went on to become the best selling novelist of all time - it is said that she is only outsold by Shakespeare and the Bible.

2. Sojourner Truth

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“Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.”

Sojourner Truth was alive from 1797 to 1883 and was born into slavery in New York. In 1826 she escaped enslavement with her infant daughter and then spent the next two years fighting to free her son in court. She became the first black woman to win such a case and went on to become an abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner.

3. Marie Curie

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“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

Marie Curie graced the world with her wisdom from 1867 to 1934. She was born in Poland but spent most of her life in France where she worked as a scientist. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman (yet) to win two in her life. Her work in radioactivity and chemistry helped her to develop the first X-ray Machines.

4. Coco Chanel

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

From 1883 to 1971 Coco Chanel changed the face of fashion. She redefined what feminine style means and influenced all of dress during the 20th century. Her revolutionary style included taking traditional male clothes and changing them for the use of women.

5. Billie Holiday

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“Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what's more than enough.”

For 44 years, from 1915 to 1959, Billie Holiday helped to define the era of American jazz. In a genre full of smooth voices Billie changed the face of jazz with her deeply emotional and gravelly voice. Her well-loved albums are still listened to and sold today.

6. Malala Yousafzai

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“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

Born in 1997, Malala has been a global advocate for women’s rights since she was eleven. Inspired by her father, she fought for her, and all women’s, right to education even after surviving being shot for her work earning her the title of the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in history. She continues her inspiring work to this day.

7. Wangari Maathai

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“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.”

A Kenyan-born environmentalist, Wangari Maathai improved the earth from 1940 to 2011. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in conflict prevention through the protection of scarce resources. Her inspiring passions enveloped environmental issues, pro-democracy advocacy, and women’s rights.

8. J.K.Rowling

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“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

Born in 1965, J.K. Rowling is a worldwide celebrated British author of the best selling Harry Potter series. She wasn’t always an influential author though. She started as a single mother, who could barely make rent but worked on her dream and ended up reviving all of children's literature.

9. Marilyn Monroe

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“ Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Marilyn Monroe lived from 1926 to 1962 and in that time became one of America’s most iconic film legends. Monroe started as an orphan who was married by sixteen and discovered by a photographer in a factory job. Her rise to fame and strong personality was never tarnished by scandal or rumor and she went on to change the feminine identity in America.

10. Eleanor Roosevelt

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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'”

Eleanor Roosevelt lived from 1884 to 1962 and is widely known as the wife of former American present F.D. Roosevelt. As the First Lady, she started the long-standing tradition of becoming a political advocate through the role. Her most influential campaign was that of helping to draft the 1948 UN declaration of human rights, which changed the way that the world viewed human rights.

11. You!

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All these women, an many more we didn't have time to mention, were once just young girls with big imaginations and crazy hopes that they turned into plans. They changed the world with their dreams and you can too.

Celebrate all womankind and your own womanhood this month.

We believe in you.

Lots of Love,
This article was written by @CNBB.