By Nadia Warren
International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration that falls on the 8th of March each year. It is a day where women are recognized and celebrated for their achievements.
It all started in 1909, where National Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States of America. Just a year later, in 1910, The Socialist International met in Copenhagen and established the International Women’s Day in honor of women’s rights and equality. The United Nations started celebrating the day after signing the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men on the 8th of March, 1945.
In honour of International Women’s Day, here are some of the most powerful women in history:
- Cleopatra (69-30 BC)
Cleopatra was known for her intelligence and improved Egypt’s economy.
- Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
Joan of Arc was a French heroine that rallied her French troops and defeated the English in the Battle of Orleans. She was burned at the stake by the English after she was betrayed.
- Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)
Indira Gandhi was the only female Prime Minister of India and served for 4 terms.
- Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and served from 1979 to 1990. She was nicknamed “The Iron Lady” by the Soviets.
- Angela Merkel (1954-current)
Angela Merkel was named Forbes Most Powerful Woman in 2017. She has been the German Chancellor since 2005.