Women continue to leave their mark on history. In recognition of August 26th being Women’s Equality Day, here are five extraordinary women that have left a lasting impression in the world of arts, politics, sports, etc.

Influential Women

1. Anne Frank. Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who hid from the German military in the Netherlands. When she was 13 years of age, her father gave her a diary. The journal became controversial and popular because it detailed Anne’s life hiding from Germans during the Holocaust. Her diary has since been published as a book and has become one of the most-read books in the world.

2. Mother Teresa. She received the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She focused her dedication to people who did not have anyone to care for them. She did this through the religious group that she created, ‘The Missionaries of Charity.’ She never stopped working until her condition worsened. Then, in March of 1997, she officially stopped working. Six months later, she passed away, but her legacy of helping others lives on.

3. Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi is an opposition political figure in Myanmar. The government put her under house arrest because of her advocacy regarding democracy. After 15 years in captivity, she was freed. In 1991, she was awarded a Nobel Prize where people were saying that the events of the life of Suu Kyi were extraordinary. She was known for her courageous stance.

4. Billie Jean King. Billie Jean King is one of the top legends in American Sports. Through her grit and tenacity, King was able to amass 20 career titles at Wimbledon. She participated in the famous Battle-of-the-Sexes tennis match with Bobby Riggs. She won the game.

5. Lady Diana Spencer. Often was referred to as the princess of the people, Diana Spencer was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. She used her notoriety to put focus on helping needy people.