Throughout world history, women have made extraordinary contributions to their societies. They have served as heads of state, architects of revolutions, military leaders, strategic advisers, and champions of justice. Some are well known, some less so, but all have been trailblazers. When we think about our present-day efforts to achieve gender parity in U.S. politics, let us remember that female political power is not a new phenomenon. It has existed since the beginning of time.
Below are just a few of the heroines throughout world history that have built empires, subdued enemy forces, and changed the course of history for their nations, kingdoms and communities. We celebrate their stories.