Seven Powerful British Women Who Made their Mark on the World

“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” When a woman decides to achieve something with determination no one can stop her. And all these have been proved time and again by women around the world. Below is the list of some of the most influential British women who have changed the course of history and made their mark on the world.

Jane Austen

An author and one of the first feminists of the modern era, Jane Austen created history with her extraordinary literary work which is still lauded around the world. Among her six major novels, Pride and Prejudice that explored social standing, marriage and economic security of a woman stood out.

Florence Nightingale

A pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale became a prominent name when she led a team of nurses during the Crimean War. She hence became an icon of Victorian culture and gave a reputation to nursing worldwide. She established the first secular nursing school in the world at St Thomas’ Hospital in London after the war. To honor her and her work, International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on her birth day i.e. May 12.

Margaret Thatcher

The first female British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher came to power in May 1979 i.e. 61 years after women in the UK got the vote. She was the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century i.e. for 11 years.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning British monarch who became Queen when she was just 25 after her father’s untimely death in 1952. She never expected to be a Queen when born until her uncle abdicated the throne and her father became King George VI.

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin is a notable scientist known for her work on X-ray diffraction images of DNA which eventually will lead to the discovery of the DNA double helix. Her journey began after studying at Cambridge and living in France, she became a research associate at the King’s College in London.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Annabella Milbanke and famed poet Lord Byron was strictly into science and mathematics and formed a love for machines at a young age. During her teenage she began working with Charles Babbage, renowned as the father of computers. Together they worked on the Analytical Engine and Ada translated an article on the same which is considered to be the first computer programming instance.


Lady Diana Spencer/Princess Diana

Lady Diana Spencer, renowned as the People’s Princess for her warmth and compassion towards people. She was known for her style statement and was a fashion icon. Before her death, Diana was involved in the International Campaign to ban landmines along with several other charities, which made her even more acceptable by the people. Lady Diana Spencer was a pioneer for women with profiles making a change globally. You can learn more about her life and work at the Princess Diana Museum.

These women are true inspiration for women around the world!


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