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Some remarkable women that history has forgotten

From launching an astronaut into space to leading the suffragette movement. Image: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Ciara Appelbaum

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton co-established the National Woman Suffrage Association in the US. Image: BI
Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to US Congress. Image: BI
Josephine Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences. Image: BI
Zelda Fitzgerald is alleged to have written parts of The Great Gatsby. Image: BI
Adrienne Rich was one of the most-read poets of the 20th century. Image: BI
Ida B. Wells co-founded the NAACP. Image: BI
Emmeline Pankhurst lead the British suffragette movement. Image: BI
Indira Gandhi was the first and only female Prime Minister of India. Image: BI
Huda Sharawi founded the Egyptian Feminist Union in 1923. Image: BI
Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space Image: BI
Lee Miller was a photographer during WW2. Image: BI
Nellie Bly was a famous journalist in the 19th century. Image: BI
Marie Curie was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize. Image: BI
Ada Lovelace co-wrote instructions for the first computer code. Image: BI
Martha Graham was a modern dance pioneer. Image: BI
Katherine Johnson is credited with doing the calculations that first sent a man to the moon. Image: BI
Mary Wollstonecraft wrote a famous essay about women's rights to education. Image: BI

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Gwendolyn Brooks was the first black author to win a Pulitzer Prize. Image: BI

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