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    Posted: 28-Mar-2006 at 09:41
Hi ladies,
Who are the most important women in world history? Is there a female way to greatness or are they just copy cats of their male counterparts? Who are your heroins? Will dudes survive the chicks uprising that will occure sooner or latter?
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  Quote morticia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Mar-2006 at 22:53
Well, let's hope the dudes survive, because us chicks can't live without 'em! I love dudes, man

But in answer to your inquiry, here are just a few whom I consider to be very important and influential women in world history:

Jane Addams
Susan B. Anthony
Marie Antoinette
Saint Joan of Arc
Aspasia of Miletus
Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Jane Austen
Ella Baker
Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike
Clara Barton
Florence Bascom
Simone de Beauvoir
Aphra Behn
Ruth Fulton Benedict
Shirley Temple Black
Elizabeth Blackwell
Bonnie Kathleen Blair
Rosa Bonheur
Louise Arner Boyd
Pearl S. Buck
Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo
Rachel Carson
Catherine the Great
St. Catherine
Chien-shiung Wu
Cleopatra
Juana Ines de la Cruz
Marie Curie
Agnes George de Mille
Emily Dickinson
Amelia Earhart
Marian Wright Edelman
Eleanor of Aquitane
Beatrix Jones Farrand
Edith Flanigen
Anne Frank
Rosalind Elsie Franklin
Betty Naomi Friedan
Elizabeth Gurney Fry
Margaret Fuller
Indira Gandhi
Sarah and Angelina Grimke
Caroline Lucretia Herschel
Judith E. Heumann
Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin
Ariel Hollinshead
Mary Phelps Jacob
Helen Keller
Billie Jean King
Aleksandra Mikhaylovna Kollontai
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Susette La Flesche Tibbles
Maya Lin
Juliette Gordon Low
Anne Sullivan Macy
Wilma Mankiller
Barbara McClintock
Catherine de Medici
Lise Meitner
Rigoberta Menchu Tum
Maria Montessori
Mother Theresa
Baroness Murasaki Shikibu
Florence Nightingale
Georgia O'Keeffe
Vijaya Lakshimi Pandit
Emmeline Pankhurst
Rosa Parks
Eva Peron
Christine de Pizan
Pocahontas
Queen Anne
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Isabella
Queen Victoria
Jeannette Rankin
Sally Ride
Alexandra Romanov
Eleanor Roosevelt
Sakajawea
Margaret Sanger
Sappho
Rose Schneiderman
Gloria Steinem
Lucy Stone
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Russell Strong
Bertha von Suttner
Emma Tenayuca
Valentina Vladimirovna Nikolayeva Tereshkova
Margaret Thatcher
Alexandrine Pieternella Francoise Tinne
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman
Tz'u Hsi

and the list goes on and on and on............


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  Quote azimuth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 06:50

 

i guess the most important/famouse/influential historical female figur in history will be Mary mother of Jesus pbut.

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  Quote Maju Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 08:12
Not actually: assuming she existed, she did little of relevance.

Much more important could be the following political leaders: Hatsepsut of Egypt, Isalbel I of Castile, Elizabeth I of England, Marie Therese of Austria and her daughter Marie Caroline of Naples and Sicily, Indira Ghandi... and possibly others that I can't recall right now.

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  Quote azimuth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 08:28

 

we are not talking about achievements nor favorites, importance wise , i guess Mary was and still  important. there are people who worship her.

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Elizabeth I and Nefertiti and Cleopatra those are famouse for their political positions, but in my opinion if you go by "most" important it would be Mary.

 

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  Quote Decebal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 10:14

Good list Morty!

I would add:

Queen Mary of Romania
Fredegunde and Brunhilde (of the Merovingian Frankish kingdoms of Austrasia and Neustria)
Livia (the true power behind Octavian Augustus)
Empress Maria-Theresa of Austria
Empress Wu Zetian of the T'ang Dynasty (she's really remarkable)
Empress Dowager Cixi
Angela Merkel
Anna Komnena
Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar
Violetta Chamorro
Benazir Bhutto
Mary Leakey
Roxelana (very influential wife of Suleiman the Magnificent)
Roxana (wife of Alexander the Great)
Sigrid Undset (Nobel prize in literature and a Norwegian national icon)
Elena Ceausescu (a malevolent figure but important nonetheless)
Imelda Marcos (same as above)
Nefertiti (wife of Akhenaten)
"Eve" (not the one in the Bible, but the name given to the woman to which we can all trace our lineage, through mitochondrial studies)
Bortai (wife of Chingghiz Khan)
all the mothers and wives who moulded great men


Overall, I would say it's very hard to pick. Out of the women of whose existence there's no dispute, I would pick Elizabeth I, Wu Zetian or Isabella of Castile

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  Quote Maju Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 10:50
Originally posted by azimuth

 

we are not talking about achievements nor favorites, importance wise , i guess Mary was and still  important. there are people who worship her.



There are not. There are people who venerate her but just because she raplaces the concept of Mother Godess that was and is so important to Euro-Mediterranean psyche before the triumph of Judaistic monotheism: if God is Love, then God must be Mother - or some logic of the sort.

In any case it's not for her personal merits but for the collective merits of all mothers, including Mother Earth, that are somehow impersonated in such archetype - and archetype anyhow that is milennia older than the Christianity or even Judaism.

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  Quote edgewaters Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 11:41
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There are not. There are people who <span style="text-decoration: underline;">venerate</span> her


There are some who come awfully close to worship ... particularly in areas where Catholicism is relatively new, eg Latin America or parts of Africa. If archaeologists in ten thousand years were deprived of written records and could only go by artifacts, they would have a difficult time coming to any conclusion other than that she was a deity.

In the same way, saints are not altogether different from lesser deities of pantheistic religions. People pray to them for intecession and invoke them in ritual, and like pantheistic deities, every saint is a patron of a trade, region, or class. The official terms for the veneration of the saints is "cultus sanctorum" which literally translates as Cults of the Holy. In the middle ages, the saints had more supernatural powers than many ancient gods: they could cure the sick, end famines, drive away demons, stop fires, or even sponsor someone's entry into heaven. Their powers could often be accessed via the possession of a relic.

Often the difference between veneration and worship seems a bit semantical.

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  Quote Maju Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 12:28
Well this would be a discussion on its own - I don't want to hijack the topic, so let it be. 

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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, "The Mother of Civil Rights Movement"

Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005)

Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey a bus driver's demand that she give up her seat to a white passenger. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Her role in American history earned her an iconic status in American culture, and her actions have left an enduring legacy for civil rights movements around the world.

Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King


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  Quote morticia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 13:25
Originally posted by Exarchus

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I was unaware that these two were women!
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  Quote Aurelia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 14:47

Obviously, I don't know them all, so PLEASE don't yell at me for not naming really important ones that just slipped my mind

Hatshepsut

Susan B. Anthony

Catherine the Great

Wu Zetian

Golda Meir

Elizabeth I of England

Coretta Scott King (RIP)

Rosa Parks (RIP)

Isabella of Castile-Leon

Catherine d'Medici

Mary of Anjou (later of England)

Marie Curie

Kate Chopin

 

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  Quote Maju Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2006 at 16:07
Originally posted by morticia

Originally posted by Exarchus

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I was unaware that these two were women!


"The Hidden history of women" by Exarchus. Soon in all bookstores  around the World!

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  Quote morticia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Mar-2006 at 10:43
Originally posted by Maju


Originally posted by morticia

Originally posted by Exarchus

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I was unaware that these two were women!
"The Hidden history of women" by Exarchus. Soon in all bookstores around the World!


You noticed it too, eh?

Here are a few more influential and important women in world history:

Yoshiko Uchida
Phyllis Wheatley
Mary Wollstonecraft
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
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