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Throughout history there have been women that have changed the way we think, the way we dress, and what we consider acceptable behavior. While some of these women, like Cleopatra, Susan B. Anthony, and Harriet Beecher Stowe are household names, and we relegated some of the most inspirational women from history to the dusty pages of old books. Bringing some of their stories to light can help create another generation of young girls and women with the drive to change the future.
Some of these all but forgotten women have influenced history and politics. Eleanor of Aquitaine, France’s first Queen, was mother to two Kings of England. Her thoughts and political ideals helped form the basis of their reigns. Eleanor Roosevelt was more than just the wife of president. Consider one of his political aides, she went on to make human rights contributions and head the UN Human Rights Commission which drafted the Declaration of Human Rights 1947. These women, and others like them, changed history.
Other women have had an impact on the way we dress, take care of ourselves, and how the world views women. A great example of an influential woman who is all but forgotten is Helena Rubinstein, founder of one of the first cosmetic companies in the world. Thanks to women like Helena, the way we look and feel about ourselves has changed.
Taking the time to investigate the women of our past offers us an excellent opportunity to begin to change our future. Sometimes the smallest of contributions has the greatest impact.