Four badass women of history who proved there is no glass ceiling

Four badass women of history who proved there is no glass ceiling

Four badass women of history who proved there is no glass ceiling

Recently I was speaking to my brother about compiling a list of women who did incredible things in history. We wanted to pick a list of women who are lesser-known but achieved remarkable things, despite the traditional view of women in their time.

The short list of four of our favourites below will hopefully inspire you by reading their fantastic tales. We encourage you to look them up further to really understand the power of what these great women did. 


Annie Londonderry

Annie Londonderry is a remarkable individual. She is known for being the first woman to bicycle around the world. Why did she do this? Well a rich man from Boston publicly bet that a woman wasn't capable of doing this. 

If that's not remarkable enough, she did this in 1894-95 with only a spare pair of clothes and a pistol in her pocket. Oh and did I mention before she set off she only learnt to ride a bike two days before. Imagine the look on their faces when she returned. 


Mariya Oktyabrskaya

You may notice something strange about the picture above, it's a woman in a what looks to be a Russian tank possibly from World War II. That seems very uncommon doesn't it? Well, you're entirely right. This is Mariya Oktyabrskaya, one of the most bad ass women of World War II. 

When her husband was killed in 1941 during the war, Mariya wasn't going to take it laying down. She sold all of her possessions to buy a tank, under the condition that the army let her drive it. She named her tank the "Fighting Girlfriend" and went to war going on to earn the title of Sergeant. 


Ada Lovelace

Computer programming has a reputation for being a male-dominated workplace, but not many people know the first person considered a "computer programmer" was an English mathematician called Ada Lovelace. 

Working with the "father of computing" Charles Babbage, she recognised the full potential of computers beyond just being calculators. What a genius. 


Katherine Switzer

In 1967 when women couldn't officially run in the Boston Marathon, Katherine Switzer decided it was time for a change. With an official bib registered under a mans name she set off. 

When the organiser realised a woman was participating in the race he tried to push her over and steal her bib. Katherine's boyfriend who was clearly a bit more progressive in his views decided that wasn't ok, tackled the organiser to the floor and sat on him. Within a few years it was decided that women could enter the Boston Marathon, 

Katherine is famous for saying: "Life is for participating, not for spectating."