Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world.
Betty Wall Strohfus, a WWII Women Airforce Service Pilot, holds a picture of herself when she was a WASP pilot, Sept. 27,2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Strohfus was stationed at Las Vegas Army Air Field from 1943-44, and was one of 1,074 women who became certified WASP pilots during WWII. Las Vegas Army Air Field later was re-designated as Nellis AFB. The female pilots of the WASP freed up male pilots for combat services and duties during the WWII era.
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician who served as the third Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms (1966–77) and a fourth term (1980–84). Gandhi was the second female head of government in the world after Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, and she remains as the world's second longest serving female Prime Minister as of 2012. She was assassinated by her bodyguards in retaliation for ordering Operation Blue Star.