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10 feminist icons you may not have known

Now that there is greater concern in society about the reality of oppression and lack of rights that women have experienced throughout history, it is time for you to meet some famous women in history who have dedicated their lives to fighting for that equality.

There is still a long way to go and we must keep moving forward, so today let us remember the women who raised and raise their voices to achieve it.

Know the story of these 10 women!

Today at LAVANI you will learn the story of ten icons of feminist women who have fought for equality.

Keep reading and meet them!

1. Olympia de Gouges

Olympia de Gouges (1748-1793) was a French writer who became a major figure during the French Revolution. He defended the rights of women with the publication in 1791 of the Declaration of the Rights of Women and of the Citizen, this being a response to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

olympia de gouges

Throughout his life he campaigned for equal rights between men and women, as well as for the abolition of slavery. Since then his ideas have influenced many to continue this fight.


2. Clara Zetkin

This German feminist of Jewish origin (1857-1933) studied teaching, thus becoming one of the first to go to university. Clara had always been close to political life and it was when she finished her university degree that she joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

clara zetkin

In addition, she in 1910 was the promoter of establishing March 8 as International Women's Day. Another of the most notable events was between 1892 and 1917, with the creation of the women's newspaper called Equality.


3. Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) is one of the most inspiring female figures to date. She was the first woman to fly a plane alone in 1932 across the Atlantic. The American became interested in the pilot profession from a very young age and finally obtained her flight license in 1921, becoming one of the first to do so.

Amelia Earhart

But her fight to achieve equality did not continue to that iconic moment, but also collaborated with an association that offered support to women in learning that profession.


4.Hedy Lamarr

This feminist icon (1914-2000) is known as much for her artistic career on the big screen as for her technological inventions. The Austrian saw her film career take off during the 1940s and moved to the United States.

hedy lamarr

In addition, her work as a pioneering woman in the development of a spectrum that would allow long-distance wireless communications is the most remarkable. That invention was the forerunner of what Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are today. Although not surprisingly, his work was not recognized until many years later.


5. Maria Telo

Maria Telo (1915-2014), was a Spanish jurist and feminist who dedicated herself to eliminating the existing legal discrimination against women. Although she finished her studies much earlier, due to the restrictive political situation, it was not until 1944 that she was able to apply for the notary's office, and later, in 1952, she was able to practise as a lawyer.

maria telo

From that moment she did not stop fighting to achieve improvements in the situation in which women found themselves, being one of the advocates of the Spanish Gender Violence Law of 2004. She was also the founder of the Spanish Association of Women Jurists .

In addition, another of her achievements was to get four women onto the General Codification Commission of the Ministry of Justice and in this way many articles were reviewed, managing to eliminate the restrictions on women's freedoms.


6.Rosalind Franklin

This British scientist (1920-1958) is also considered a historical figure for the transcendental role she played in the development of understanding the structure of DNA.

rosalind franklin

Rosalind discovered the density of DNA and her work allowed us to establish that the structure of the molecule was in the form of a double helix. However, she never managed to see her work recognized, because due to that discrimination at that time, only Watson and Crick received the Nobel Prize in Medicine.


7.Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem (1934) is an American writer and journalist considered one of the most important feminist icons in the United States, especially in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Her figure has been a key figure in the feminist movement for the right to vote, among other things.

glory steinem

Throughout her career as a journalist, she has written numerous articles advocating for equality between men and women, as well as creating the feminist magazine Ms.

With all those years of activism, Gloria was awarded awards such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, recognizing her great work.


8.Tarana Burke

This American activist (1973) is known for the fight for women's rights through the creation of the “Me Too” movement. This movement went viral in 2017 with the use of that hashtag on social networks that denounced sexual assault.

tarana burke

In addition, Tarana is also the director of the Girls for Gender Equity foundation, thus offering a safe place for women who have suffered gender violence.


9. Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Arden (1980) is the first woman to become Prime Minister of a country at such an early age, in this case of New Zealand. He reached this position in 2017 and despite having recently resigned from it, his time in government has been recognized worldwide.

jacinda ardern

Among her achievements are her management of the COVID-19 pandemic, her commitment to women's rights movement and her defense of environmental actions.


10. Malala Yousafzai

Finally, Malala Yousafzai (1997) is an activist who, despite being so young, has managed to influence the fight for women's education rights. At just 16 years old, he managed to obtain the Nobel Peace Prize for his book I am Malala, in which he recounted the reality of living under a Taliban regime.

Malala Yousafzai

Since then, she has worked at the Malala Foundation helping girls to have a higher level of schooling and also as a UN messenger.

What do you think of these stories of the struggle of these feminist women?

Discover our small contribution in the fight for this cause with the I Don't Give Up Pendant that we launched in collaboration with the Malasmadres Association for Women's Day and join the cause!

Also our collaboration with Plan International and their #GirlsGetEqual movement with rings like Female Purple or Girl !

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