Pussy Riot: Pussy Riot, not just the 3 members who were put on trial last year and imprisoned (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich) — but all of them. They are young, determined and are a demonstration of courage (although I doubt you would say fearless).
The above are taken from HuffPost listing but I also add:
My #1 choice actually. She was one of the first leaders of the fledgling state of Israel negotiating with the Soviets and the darling of New York. Strong willed and inspirational.
Others from History
Leader of 1st Century Britons. She led several tribes in revolt against the Roman occupation. Initially successful her army of 100,000 sacked Colchester and then London. Her army was later defeated.
Eleanor of Aquitaine
The first Queen of France. Two of her sons Richard and John went on to become Kings of England. Educated, beautiful and highly articulate, Eleanor influenced the politics of western Europe through her alliances and influence over her sons.
American women’s rights advocate. Her book Women in the Nineteenth Century (1845) was influential in changing perceptions about men and women, and was one of the most important early feminist works. She argued for equality and women being more self-dependent and less dependent on men.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
A life long anti slavery campaigner. Her novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was a best seller and helped to popularize the anti slavery campaign. Abraham Lincoln remarked her books were a major factor behind the American civil war.
A British suffragette, dedicated her life to the promotion of women’s rights. She explored all avenues of protest including violence, public demonstrations and hunger strikes.
Founder one of the world’s first cosmetic companies. Her business enterprise proved immensely successful and later in life she used her enormous wealth to support charitable enterprises in the field of education, art and health.
At the age of 19 months Helen became deaf and blind. Overcoming the frustration of losing both sight and hearing she campaigned tirelessly on behalf of deaf and blind people.
One of the most innovative fashion designers, Coco Chanel was instrumental in defining feminine style and dress during the 20th Century. Her ideas were revolutionary; in particular she often took traditionally male clothes and redesigned them for the benefit of women.
An absolute must on any such list like this! Her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movements.
Kenyan born environmentalist, pro-democracy activist and women’s rights campaigner. Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to prevent conflict through protection of scarce resources.
She held the women’s marathon world record and won many prestigious marathons. Since retiring from running, she has devoted herself to various initiatives promoting peace, education and women’s rights. In her native Kenya, her Peace Race and Peace Foundation have been widely praised for helping to end tribal conflict.