7 Inspiring Women Who Made History On International Women's Day

Marie Curie

A pioneer in the field of radioactivity, Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the first person to win the Nobel Prize twice. Her research on radioactivity led to the development of X-ray machines.

Malala Yousafzai

A Pakistani activist for female education,  shot by the Taliban for her activism in 2012. She went on to become the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize,  to advocate for girls' education.

Rosa Parks

Parks is best known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in 1955. Her act of defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a major turning point in the civil rights.

Serena Williams

One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 2 Olympic gold medals. She is an inspiration to athletes around the world.

Michelle Obama

The former First Lady of the United States, Obama is a lawyer, writer, and advocate for education and healthy eating. She is a role model for women and girls around the world.

Wangari Maathai

Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an organization that has planted millions of trees in Africa. She was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.