It’s no secret that throughout history, women have had to work twice as hard as men to assert themselves. Given the privilege that men have always enjoyed, women had to gather their strength and work twice as hard for the changes they wanted to make in the world.
These 10 powerful women have shaped the course of history with their intelligence, strength, passion, and leadership qualities. They have challenged the status quo, made lasting reforms, and many have ruled over their countries for decades, ushering in prosperity and cultural revolutions.
While this list is certainly subjective, we tried to take into consideration the actual power and the impact of each person. So, here are 10 of the women who have impressed us, over time, with their actions and the mark they’ve made on history: