Every year on 8 March, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the word!

But why – you might ask – do we have a day especially for women? Well, it’s fair to say that throughout history, women haven’t always received the fairest of treatment.

Women haven’t always been able to work, vote, or been given the same rights as men.

So since the early 1900s, women around the world have celebrated an International Women’s Day, campaigning for equal rights and shining a spotlight on brilliant women across the globe.

Check out our round-up of inspirational women – past and present – from our History section, below…

International Women’s Day

 

Rosa Parks – click to learn about her!

International Women's Day: picture of an elderly Rosa Parks

 

Elizabeth I – click to learn about her!

International Women's Day: painting of Queen Elizabeth I

 

Anne Frank – click to learn about her!

Anne Frank facts

 

Mary Seacole – click to learn about her!

International Women's Day: painting of Mary Seacole

 

Florence Nightingale – click to learn about her!

International Women's Day: black and white photograph of Florence Nightingale

 

The Queen – click to learn about her!

International Women's Day: a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II

 

The Suffragettes – click to learn about them!

International Women's Day: black and white photograph of a suffragette

 

Queen Victoria – click to learn about her!

International Women's Day: painting of a young Queen Victoria

 

Edith Cavell – click to learn about her!

International Women's Day: black and white photograph of Edith Cavell

 

The Six Wives of Henry VIII – click to learn about them!

International Women's Day: paintings of Henry VIII wives

Which female figures do you find inspiring? Let us know by leaving us a comment, below!

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    A woman that inspire me is my auntie because she want to be a artist like me

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  • I find inspiring Florence Nightingale

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    I am inspired by the suffragettes the way they changed woman’s ways and I’m inspired also by Florence nightingale who was a great movement to healthcare for all.

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    Rosa Parks

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    I’ve always been a rebel. I have a book called: Goodnight stories for Rebel girls 100 tale of amazing women. It is a really god book. Most of the women in the book are the ones you chose. Elizabeth out

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    This why women have the right yo work.

  • Blessing

    the Queen

  • Evelyn

    My favorites are Mary Seacole and Rosa Parks.

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    Elizabeth I

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  • happy international womens day! i love malala yousafazi the most. she shows what can happen in the world and how strong and brave you can be.

  • My inspirational lady figure in history Amelia Earhart

  • Hannah

    Edith Cavell because she smuggled more than 200 allied soldiers

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    Suffragettes!!! Their action towards womans rights is inspirational and amazing. And the fact that their protest has survived the harsh ruins of time and become a valued treasure within now is fascinating!

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    The suffragettes! Amazing people!

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    Rosa Parks is my favourite because she helped to make it fair for african americans.

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    I don't really have an idol but I find lots of these people inspiring! I also find Ionia the goddess of mystery rather inspiring aswell as most male magicians said women could not be magicians but she proved them wrong

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  • I like Florence nightingale the best

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    Mary seacole

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    I think that the suffragettes are the most inspirational

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