We wanted to celebrate the lives of those women who - by being brave and sticking to what they believed in - helped make our world a better place.



1. Jane Goodall - Primatologist and conservationist, studied chimpanzee families.
2. Dolores Huerta - Labour leader, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, former leader. She believes in teaching people how to farm and work to improve their situation in life.
3. Billie Jean King - tennis player - Winner of 39 Grand Slams, founder of Women's Sports Foundation.
4. Janet Guthrie - First woman to qualify and compete in the Daytona 500 circuit (1977).
5. Malala Yousafzai - Human rights activist and proponent of female education.
6. Mia Hamm - Soccer champion.
7. JK Rowling - Author of Harry Potter.
8. Maya Lin - Artist and architect.
9. Sally Ride - Astronaut, 1st American woman to travel to space, and astrophysicist.
10. Aung San Suu Kyi - leader of Burma's democracy movement, she was imprisoned for over 18 years.
11. Margaret Thatcher - First female Prime Minister of Britain.
12. Marie Curie - physicist and chemist, 1st woman to win a Nobel Prize in 2 areas
13. Alfonsina Maldonado - equestrian, she survived a fire when a baby and has had to live all her life with very painful burns
14. Lola Moreira - sailor, gold medalist
15. Helen Velando - Uruguayan writer, "Detectives del Parque Rodó" series is one of her hits
16. Julia Child – chef
17. Mother Theresa - founder of missionaires of Charity, won peace Nobel Prize, has been proclaimed saint
18. Virginia Apgar - MD. Physician pioneer in neonatology, inventor of the Apgar scale for new born babies
19. Amelia Earhart - American aviator, 1st woman to fly alone across the Atlantic
20. Juana de Ibarbourou - Uruguayan poet and writer
21. Beatrix Potter - writer and illustrator, inventor of Peter Rabbit
22. Florence Nightingale - known as "the lady with the lamp," nurse who revolutionised hospitals and how patients were treated
23. Laura Raffo - Uruguayan economist
24. Ana Ribeiro – historian
25. Ma Noel Ricceto - our prima ballerina, received the " Benoise de la Danse" in Moscow in 2017
26. Deborah Rodríguez - Uruguayan Olympian athlete
27. Julia Guarino - Uruguayan, 1st woman architect in Latinamerica
28. Blanca Rodríguez – journalist
29. Susana Olaondo - Uruguayan writer and illustrator
30. Valentina Tereshkova, Cosmonaut, first woman to go to space in 1963.
31. Rosa Parks, suffragist
32. China Zorrilla, actress
33. Winona La Duke: Native American activist and environmentalist.
34. Jane Austen, British novelist
35. Alfonsina Maldonado, equestrian
36. Enid Blyton, writer, "Secret Seven" and The "Famous Five" series, as well as "Mallory Towers" among others
37. Agatha Christie, famous mystery writer
38. Emily Brontë, wrote "Wuthering Heights".
39. Charlotte Brontë, sister of Emily, author of "Jane Eyre"
40. Nadia Comaneci, Romanian gymnast became the 1st woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event in 1976.
41. Simone Biles, American artistic gymnast, She is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medallist.
42. Dian Fossey, American primatologist and conservationist, undertook an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups.
43. Joan Benoit, American marathon runner. Won the Boston marathon two times and was the first ever women's Olympic marathon champion in 1984 (the year when the women's marathon was introduced).
44. Juliette Gordon – Low, founder of the girl scouts.
45. Gertrude Ederle, American competition swimmer, Olympic champion and former world-record holder in five events. 1st woman to cross the English Channel, beating the men's record of the time by a little over two hours.
We encouraged our Form I students, to choose a woman in their family who was important for them. They could choose their mom, grandma, sister, aunt.


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