These women have changed the course of history and proved that they are capable of performing the most heroic and glorious acts by themselves. Despite the social assumption to consider the female gender a weak one, there are lots of wise, independent and strong women out there in the world who will always inspire you to turn off all your fears and press on!

We at Bright Side can’t help but admire the strength and courage of females — who are always beautiful, no matter what.

A Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbor with her veil to protect her from prosecution. Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia, 1941.

Maud Wagner, the first female tattoo artist in the U.S., 1907

21-year-old Sarla Thakral was the first Indian woman to get a pilot’s license in 1936.

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon, despite attempts by marathon organizers to stop her, 1967.

Afghan women in a record store in Kabul before the Taliban came into power, 1950s.

Annette Kellerman posing in a swimsuit that got her arrested for ’indecency’, 1907.

Photo of a woman samurai (onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social class in Japan), late 1800s.

Leola N. King, the first female traffic cop, Washington D.C., 1918.

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

Anna Fisher, the first mother in space, 1984.

Women boxing on a roof in Los Angeles, 1933.

A Swedish woman, reportedly a survivor of a concentration camp, hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag, 1985.

Marina Ginesta guarding Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, 1936.

«Night Witches,» a nickname for the women military aviators of the Red Army of the USSR. They carried out hundreds of bombing raids at night on Nazi military bases. There were rumors that Nazis promised an Iron Cross to any Luftwaffe pilot who would shoot down a «night witch.»

Ellen O’Neal, one of the first professional female skaters, 1976.

Aviator Amelia Earhart before becoming the first woman to fly an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, 1928.

Margaret Bourke-White, а photographer on the Chrysler Building, 1934.

A photo of a concerned pea-picker and mother of seven children during the Dust Bowl, 1936.

A Dutch woman refuses to leave her husband, a German soldier, after Allied soldiers captured him. She followed him into captivity, 1944.

A Red Cross nurse writes down the last words of a wounded British soldier, 1917.

Two women show off their uncovered legs in public for the first time in Toronto, 1937.

Afghan women studying medicine, 1962.

A female Lockheed employee working on a P-38 Lightning, California, 1944.

Nikita Klæstrup (on the left), the leader of the local branch of the Danish political organization ’Young Conservatives.’

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