6 Most Courageous Women in The World

There has never been a dearth of courage in women and throughout history, there have been plentiful examples that would prove it. They have made their presence felt, proved their mettle in various fields, gave us a unique view of the world around us and brought about changes which has shaped history as we know it. Some of the most courageous women in the world are listed here. Read about them.

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

1. Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was the first woman in history to have served as a nurse in a wartime hospital. She has been titled as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ owing to her services during the Crimean War. She deeply studied health of the British Army and published notes like Efficiency and Hospital Administration of the British Army in 1858. She was also the first female recipient of the Order of Merit, in 1907.


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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

2. Marie Curie

Born in Warshow (in the then Kingdom of Poland), Marie Curie was the first person who has been honored with two Nobel prizes, for physics and chemistry. Known for her pioneering research in the field of radioactivity, she also discovered two new elements: polonium and radium. She was the first woman professor who taught at Sorbonne Physics Department. She is remembered as one of the greatest scientists of all times.


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Hellen Keller (1880-1968)

Hellen Keller (1880-1968)

3. Hellen Keller (1880-1968)

In her early childhood, Helen Keller contracted an illness which left her deaf and blind for the rest of her life. Despite her disability, she studied and acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree, went on to become an author, a political activist and even a lecturer. Along with other illustrious works, she wrote an autobiography, ‘The Story of My Life’ which inspires many even today.


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Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

4. Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

With her one and only determination to help the poor, sick, dying and orphaned, this Albania born woman came to India and founded the Missionaries of Charity in the city of Calcutta (now Kolkata). Here she carried out her task of attending to the underprivileged and needy. She won the Nobel Peace Prize and the Bharat Ratna, the highest honorary title in India, for her service to mankind.


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Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)

5. Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)

Indira Gandhi was the first woman Prime Minister of India and was known mainly for her authoritarian disposition. She has been the only Indian Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency in order to rule by decree. She was assassinated by her bodyguards as retaliation for having ordered for a storming of the Sikh Golden Temple, which left many Sikh pilgrims dead.


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Margaret Thatcher (1925-till present)

Margaret Thatcher (1925-till present)

6. Margaret Thatcher (1925-till present)

She started her career as a lawyer and then went on to become the first lady Prime Minister of Great Britain. Known for political patriotism, privatization, low taxes, balanced budgets and her rhetoric rough-talking during her reign, Thatcher has earned the nickname ‘Iron Lady’. She is known for her interest in foreign affairs and her victory in the Falklands War in 1982.


Photo Courtesy: work provided by Chris Collins of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation

  • Florence Nightingale
  • Marie Curie
  • Hellen Keller (1880-1968)
  • Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
  • Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)
  • Margaret Thatcher (1925-till present)

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1 Response

  1. M K says:

    Although these are some amazing women, the last two remain especially questionable to add to the list of the others YOU chose. Really…Maggie or Indira over Joan (of Arc) or Sojourner?!!! What politics do you expound?

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