Anne-Louise Germaine Necker de Stael (1766-1817), known as Madame de Stael, was a brilliant French-Swiss woman of letters. Her salon was a well-known center for politicians and intellectuals, and her best-known written works include the novels Delphine, Corinne and De L'Allemagne.
Emilie du Chatelet - She could possibly be one of the greatest female intellectuals, mathematicians & thinkers in history but the love of Voltaire's life who contributed significantly to the Enlightenment all but vanished from history books. One of her great accomplishments was her translation of Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica which still remains the standard French translation.
The Fair Trade movement began back in 1946 when a woman named Edna Ruth Byler began importing needlecrafts from low income women in South America. She laid the groundwork for the first Fair Trade organization, the Mennonite Central Committee.
Buckingham Palace by Leonard Bentley, via Flickr, outside Buckingham Palace, 200 Suffragettes tried to storm the palace. 66 were arrested including Emily Pankhurst, We have a lot to thank these women for!
Dame Cicely Mary Saunders was a prominent Anglican, nurse, social worker, physician and writer, involved with many international universities. She helped the dying and terminally ill end their lives in the most comfortable ways possible. She is best known for her role in the birth of the hospice movement, emphasizing the importance of palliative care in modern medicine. Dame Cicely died of cancer at the age of 87 in 2005, at St Christopher's Hospice, the hospice she herself had founded.