8 Women Who Proved their Worth in ‘Men’s’ Fields

People have often remarked that a woman has to work twice as hard as men in order to be considered on par with them. This sums up the attitude of a male-dominated world when one quips, “It’s a man’s world after all!”. Thankfully though, this mindset is fast changing and equality seems to be trudging in slowly but steadily. Making a mark for yourself worldwide in a male-dominated career field is a humongous task which these 8 brave and hard working women have successfully done.

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow

1. Kathryn Bigelow

The world was awed when 'The Hurt Locker' won the Oscar for the best movie in 2008 instead of blockbuster 'Avatar'. It was even more cheers for woman empowerment when people realized that the serious US war movie was made by a woman. After her second movie, 'Zero Dark Thirty', all notions about the best directors being men were dispelled forever.


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Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

2. Margaret Thatcher

Also known as the 'Iron Lady', she successfully battled the all male political scenario in the UK and became the first woman as well as the longest serving prime minister of the country. One needs to have enough brains, knowledge and people skills to make it big in the world of politics and she did it with aplomb.


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Sunita Williams

Sunita Williams

3. Sunita Williams

Neither was being a woman a barrier, nor being a half Indian a hindrance for this brave lady who holds the record for the longest space flight by a female. She has inspired millions of women to follow their passion and not think that any field is too male dominated to enter.


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Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte

4. Emily Bronte

Some of the best authors in the world have been women but unfortunately they haven't got their due. Male authors seem to be more celebrated and overrated. In Victorian times when women hardly had any freedom, Emily Bronte made her mark by writing 'Wuthering Heights', a novel which has been regarded by millions as the best in the world.


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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

5. Amelia Earhart

In the early 1900s when even men didn't dare roam around the world in a plane, fearless Amelia Earhart did so and stunned the world with her aviation skills and escapades. This sadly lead to her early glorious end.


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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

6. Marie Curie

This scientist was the first woman to get a Nobel prize in physics and also in chemistry for her immense contribution to the field through the discovery of radium and development of X-Ray technology. At a time when all major discoveries were done by men and women didn't even have access to further studies or research, she made her mark.


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Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto

7. Benazir Bhutto

Muslims are regarded as the having the most patriarchal society wherein women have little to no freedom. Becoming the first female prime minister of an Islamic nation, Pakistan, thus, is a heavy duty task which was accomplished by Benazir Bhutto. Sadly she was assassinated shortly thereafter.


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Emmy Noether

Emmy Noether

8. Emmy Noether

The field of Mathematics has been sufficiently contributed to by expert mathematician Emmy Noether, thus dispelling the myth that men are better than women in maths. In fact she was prevented by the early 1900s patriarchal society from taking maths classes, but nevertheless she strived hard and demonstrated how capable she was.


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  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Sunita Williams
  • Emily Bronte
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Marie Curie
  • Benazir Bhutto
  • Emmy Noether

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