10 Women Achievers We Learned About In #WomensHistoryMonth

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Women make up only 0.5% of recorded history. This might have something to do with the fact that for eons, men were tasked with writing this, and it appears we had men writing about…men. Thankfully, we’re all rising up the #woke spectrum. This month, the Internet celebrates #WomensHistoryMonth, and we’re introduced to a steady stream of forgotten heroes and women achievers. Here’s a look at some of those inspiring names:

Amrita Pritam, the first woman to win a Sahitya Akademi award, in 1956. Her moving novels and poems were fuelled by wounds from the Partition.

Lise Meitner, arrives at the first model of nuclear fission. She was overlooked by the Nobel, as her male colleague walked away with the credit, citing her as an assistant. Around 60 years later, ‘Meitnerium’ the element, was named solely after her.

Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress of Austrian origin might be better known for her acting credits alongside Clark Gable, Judy Garland and Lana Turner. But she’s behind the tech on your phone today.

Elizabeth Magie was a true multi-hyphenate. She was a game designer, stenographer, short story and poetry writer, comedian, actress, engineer and a newspaper reporter. In 1904, she created The Landlord’s Game, the precursor to Monopoly.

In 1905, Nettie Stevens arrived at the conclusion that chromosomes, and not environmental factors, determined the sex of an organism. Later that year, her noted contemporary EB Wilson walked away with the credit for arriving at a similar theory.

Sucheta Kripalani was India’s first female Chief Minister, and led the Uttar Pradesh government between 1963 to 1967.

Meet Anna Pavlova, the first ballerina to tour the world with her dance company.

Codebreaker and cryptanalyst Joan Clarke was brought in to assist Alan Turing on a mission to crack Enigma cyphers. It would eventually help the Allied Forces win WWII. You might remember Keira Knightley essaying her in The Imitation Game.

Rosalind Franklin’s X-ray diffraction studies pretty much formed the basis of James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery, of DNA’s double helix structure. Yet, she was left out of their Nobel Prize-winning paper.

In 1986, Margaret Keane had to sue her ex-husband, artist Walter Keane, for claiming he made the famous paintings of big-eyed children and animals. You might remember her from Tim Burton’s film, Big Eyes.