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These Women Defied All Of Society's Expectations, And Ended Up Changing History Forever

On International Women's Day, we celebrated the strong, powerful women in our lives. But let's keep the spirit going strong year round. For a little inspiration, here are some downright heroic women from history. Did we leave someone out? Let us know in the comments.

1972: Jeanne Manford marching with her son in a gay pride parade. She later went on to be a founder of PFLAG, "Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays."


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1969: Margaret Hamilton poses next to the code she wrote by hand for the Apollo Project. This code took humans to the moon.


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1944: An unknown Dutch woman refuses to leave her husband’s side when he is captured and taken into captivity by Allied soldiers.


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Circa 1800s: A samurai warrior woman.


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1984: Astronaut Anna Fisher becomes "the first mother in space."


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1918: A group of some of the first women sworn into the U.S. Marine Corps.


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1945: The B-17, the "Pistol Packin' Mama," with its female pilots.


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1937: Women bare their legs in public in Toronto for the first time.


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1985: A concentration camp survivor hits a neo-Nazi protestor with her handbag in Sweden.


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1917: A suffragette activist protesting the arrests and brutal treatment of activists.


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1941: A Muslim woman in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, covers the yellow star her Jewish neighbor is forced to wear.


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1907: Maud Wagner is the first female tattoo artist in the U.S.


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1944: 18-year-old Simone Segouin fights in the French Résistance during the liberation of Paris.


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1936: Sarla Thakral becomes the first Indian woman to obtain her pilot's license. She was 21 years old.


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1967: Although marathon organizers tried to stop her, Kathrine Switzer becomes the first women to complete the Boston marathon.


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Circa 1950s: Before the reign of the Taliban, Afghan women had access to the public library.


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1907: Professional swimmer, Annette Kellerman, in the swimsuit that got her arrested for indecency.


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1902: Smith College has the first women's basketball team.


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1990: A 106-year-old Armenian woman protects her home during the armed conflicts of Nagorno-Karabakh.


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1933: Women hold a rooftop boxing match.


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1950: The New York league of women's roller derby skaters.


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1961: Annie Lumpkins, voting rights activist, in jail in Little Rock.


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1973: Female members of Hell's Angels.


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1918: After the conscription of the usual male workers, women step up and deliver blocks of heavy ice.


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1917: Japanese suffragist, Komako Kimura, at a New York march for women's rights.


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1936: 17-year-old communist, Marina Ginesta, during the Spanish Civil War. Barcelona is behind her.


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1934: Margaret Bourke-White climbing the Chrysler building for the perfect photo.


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Circa 1950s: A mother plays with her child on the beach.


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1980s: Elspeth Beard repairing her bike during her attempt to become the first woman to circumnavigate the Earth by motorcycle. 


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1940: A woman takes in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the London Blitz.


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1943: WWII icon, Winnie the Welder.


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1937: Sabiha Gökçen of Turkey becomes the first female fighter pilot.


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1941: Volunteers at Pearl Harbor learn how to fight fires.


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1941: A Ukranian woman gives a captured Soviet soldier water after his capture.


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1910: A mason works high above Berlin.


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1943: Railroad workers break for lunch, and many were the wives and mothers of the drafted railway worker men.


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1976: Ellen O'Neal becomes one of the first female pro-skaters.


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1944: Parisian mothers protect their children from German sniper fire.


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1944: Captain Nieves Fernandez, a Filipino guerilla, shows a U.S. soldier how she killed Japanese soldiers during occupation.


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1926: Gertrude Ederle is the first woman to swim the English Channel.


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1928: Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.


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1962: Afghan women, before the Taliban, studying medicine.


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1940: A British sergeant training "mum's army," the Battle of Britain's Women's Home Defense Corp.


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1936: A migrant worker in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl.


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1970: The Women's Liberation Coalition March in Detroit, Michigan.


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1971: A Los Angeles police officer watches after an abandoned baby.


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1945: Snipers of the Soviet 3rd Shock Army.


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1947: A mother attempts to find her son by showing his photo to returning prisoners of war in Vienna.


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1918: America's first woman traffic cop, Leola N. King, in Washington, D.C.


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1956: A 15-year-old Hungarian freedom fighter against the Soviet Union.


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1944: American nurses at Normandy.


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1944: A colorized photo of a Lockheed employee working on a P-38 Lightning in Burbank.


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1917: A Red Cross nurse writing down the last words of a British soldier.


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