Badass Women Of The World – Part One

Women have worked hard to shape the world since the dawn of time. They have outshone others in their fields, be it the world of exploration, war, combat, invention or revolution. We may be aware of some of them but there are so many that we don’t know of.

Team Itemmom has decided to introduce you to these women. A four-part series, every week we will talk about 5 to 6 women who have done tremendous work in changing the world. Today is part one.

 Anandi Gopal JoshiAnandibai Gopalrao Joshi (1865 – 1887)

Anandibai was one of the earliest Indian female physicians. She was the first woman of Indian-origin to study and graduate with a 2 years diploma in medicine in the United States. She is also believed to be the first woman to set foot on American soil from India. The princely state of Kolhapur appointed her as the physician-in-charge of the female ward of the local Albert Edward Hospital in 1886 once she returned after completing her education.


madam CurieMadam Curie (1867-1934)

Marie Skłodowska Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, in Physics, and later in Chemistry. She is also the first person to claim Nobel honours twice. After her husband Pierre Curie’s death she took over his teaching post at the Sorbonne, becoming the institution’s first female professor.


Gertrude BellGertrude Bell (1868 – 1926)

An English traveller & writer, GB was one of the world’s most daring mountaineers. Having mastered in archaeology, French, German, Arabic and Persian, she became one of the driving forces of British policy in the Middle East. She mapped out the borders of what would become Mesopotamia and ultimately Iraq, she installed its first king, and she supervised who he appointed to his new government.


Mata HariMataHari (1876 – 1917)

Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.

A harlot? Yes, but a traitor, never! — Phrase attributed to Mata Hari during the trial.


Hedy LamarrHedy Lamarr (1914-2000)

An Austrian inventor who came up with the wireless communication system, which basically works as the foundation for wifi and cell phones. She also had a 2 decade long career playing femmes fatale in Hollywood movies.



Lyudmila PavlichenkoLyudmila Pavlichenko. (1916-1974)

A Russian sniper who killed over 300 Nazis including dozens of officers. When she was questioned on how many men she had killed? Her answer was — “No men, just fascists.”


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  1. This is a great piece. Waiting for the next one…

  2. Leena Ramachandran says:

    I am visiting your website after a long time, and this is the first article that I’ve read… Loving it… it would be good to know of strong women whom the world is not aware of…

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