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A Brief Women’s History of the World


When we look back through the mists of time and understand our collective history, it can seem like a list of conquests, wars, and powerful men. But what about women’s history of the world? Where are the stories of the everyday women who endured atrocities, overcame obstacles, and fought for their rights in fields from politics to art?

It’s time for a more complete version of human history – one that includes an expansive Women’s History of the World. Join us as we uncover forgotten tales that shaped cultures across generations. From bold queens to trailblazing rebels — let’s go on a journey together, celebrating extraordinary accomplishments in both ancient times and modern days.

by David Stone

The Origins of Womanhood – From Ancient Times to the Present Day


Tracing the origins of womanhood is nothing short of a romp through multiple, interconnecting mazes. The journey begins in ancient times, when women were confined to a few traditional roles and viewed as inferior. There were significant exceptions, but they proved the rule by being so unique.

Fast forward to the 21st Century and women have broken all the traditional stereotypes. From owning property and voting to leadership positions, women came a long way. It’s been quite the ride – one both inspiring and daunting.

The journey shows that no matter how hard cultures pushed back, women had an inherent strength that would break through eventually. Usually in bits and pieces, but sometimes in big breakthroughs.

The Women Who Changed History – From Joan of Arc to Malala Yousafzai

History may seem like it is home to only the footsteps of men, but many female leaders have made tremendous contributions. From Joan of Arc setting fire to the status quo in 15th Century France to Malala Yousafzai fearlessly advocating for education in the 21st, women have jostled the story.

Remarkable women serve as trailblazers facing challenges and resisting adversity with passion and dedication.

History is not just reserved for those born with certain privileges; instead, it can be created by anyone with courage and resilience.

A Women’s History of the World – What Would It Be Like if it Was Run By Women

It’s impossible to know what the world would be like if women were in charge, but it’s easy to imagine a shift in perspectives. One less charged with testosterone.

From different approaches to business, government and overall decision-making, there would certainly be different outcomes.

For example, after experiencing centuries of injustice and inequality in the workforce, women might prioritize workplace culture and ensure equal pay for the same jobs. Overall, challenges would be met with less violence. And competitions would be less muscular. Emotional diversity and insight would gain social value.

One thing is for certain – with different mindsets comes different solutions, and it’s worth considering likely changes

Famous Women Who Broke Barriers – Pioneers Who Challenged Gender Roles

Throughout history, there have been pioneers who challenged the status quo and broke down barriers. One such trailblazer was British suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who fought tirelessly in the early 20th century for women’s right to vote.

Another revolutionary character was Marie Curie, a two-time Nobel Laureate who made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of radioactivity.

More recently, Germaine Greer boldly pushed boundaries in her feminist writing throughout the 1960s and 70s.

These pioneers motivate and inspire generations of women whom they have never met but whose lives they impacted.

From popular music and movie characters to literature that captures the depths of life, women have left an indelible mark on popular culture.

Iconic stars like Beyonce and Lady Gaga create music that confronts issues facing women and minorities with bravery and unapologetic power.

Movies not only feature strong female protagonists but admirable female role models off-screen as well. Film directors like Greta Gerwig are celebrated for blurring the lines between comedy and drama, adding a subtle yet palpable energy.

All the while, popular novels by authors like Margaret Atwood have continued to open up conversations with their vivid illustrations of issues from a distinctively female attitude.

Top Books Written by Women

  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  6. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  7. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  9. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Fighting for Equality – The Ongoing Struggle for Gender Parity in Society Today

In many ways, gender parity has come a long way since the days of invisibility in history. Women around the world have made strides toward achieving gender equality, but that fight is far from over. A women’s history of the world finds progress but not parity.

Many women still face gender biases, gender-based pay gaps and gender violence. Such persistent inequality reminds us how far we still have to go.

Throughout history and across the globe, women have made invaluable contributions to our societies and cultures. They have changed history.

Over time, these changes became more prominent as gender roles began to blur – from gaining the right to vote in some countries, to running for office, to breaking barriers in popular culture.

While there has been an enormous amount of progress made in recent decades, it proves how deep is the gap that must be overcome.

To honor the achievements of all women who came before us and propelled us forward, let’s make sure we keep striving for gender parity today and continually challenge systems that favor one gender over the other. Let’s make parity the norm, not the exception.

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