Women helped shaped our world as we know it. But often than not, their contributions are forgotten or worse, denied. I am quite sure that the names you will read below are all new to you. You might even have to Google or search them up to check out more of their life story.
These women, like the men at our history books, are all brave and smart. They all shared what they got for us to enjoy the world we are living right now.
Sabiha Gökçen was the world's first female fighter pilot, and the first Turkish female combat pilot at the aged of 23.
Margaret Bourke-White is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the first American female war photojournalist, and the first female photographer for Henry Luce's Life magazine, where her photograph appeared on the first cover.
Maud Wagner is the first known female tattoo artist in the United States. She is married to Gus Wagner—a tattoo artist who described himself as "the most artistically marked up man in America". Together they had a daughter, Lovetta, who started tattooing at the age of nine and went on to become a tattoo artist herself. Despite the tattoo machine being invented, she preferred the "hand-poke" technique. Together, the Wagners were two of the last tattoo artists to work by hand, without the aid of modern tattoo machines.
Annette Kellerman was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the then-accepted pantaloons, and inspired others to follow her example. She is often credited for inventing the sport of synchronised swimming after her 1907 performance of the first water ballet in a glass tank at the New York Hippodrome. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Captain Nieves Fernandez was the only known Filipino female guerrilla leader. She commanded 110 native who killed more than 200 Japanese with knifes and shotguns made from sections of gas pipe. At the image above, she shows US Army Pvt. Andrew Lupiba how she used her long knife to silently kill Japanese soldiers during the Japanese occupation of Leyte Island.
Ellen O'Neal was one of the first female professional skateboarders in the late 1970s. She helped bring the sport of skating into the mainstream,
Anna Fisher is the oldest active American astronaut. During her career at NASA, she has been involved with three major programs: the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Orion project. In 1984, she became the first mother in space.