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Jane Austen 1775 - 1817 One of the most popular female authors Jane Austen wrote several novels, which remain highly popular today. These include “Pride and Prejudice” “Emma” and “North Hanger Abbey”. Jane Austen wrote at a time, when female writers were very rare, helping pave the way for future for other young female writers.

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Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) Source: She continues to be named as one of the most powerful women of her times. Indira was born into a illustrious family. Her father Sri Jawahar Lal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India. Her family had the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi. 1966 when she ascended to power, India was in shambles. The war with China had drained the country. Social problem plagued the scenario. She ruled India for the next 2 decades. She was assasinated in 1984.

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Sylvia Ray Rivera (front) and Arthur Bell at gay liberation demonstration, New York University, 1970. Ph: Diana Davies

Emily Dickinson -- From the daguerreotype taken at Mount Holyoke, December 1846 or early 1847. This is the only authenticated portrait of her after childhood.

Jennifer Lawrence’s shoot for Dior (2016)

Born of second generation German immigrants on May 26, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey, Dorothea Lange was named Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn at birth. She dropped her middle name and assumed her mother's maiden name after her father abandoned the family when she was 12 years old, one of two traumatic incidents in her early life. The other was her contraction of polio at age seven which left her with a weakened right leg and a permanent limp.