Happy National Women's Day babes! To celebrate women in all their glory we have compiled a list of some pretty kick ass women throughout history!
Billie Jean King: Billie Jean King, the US tennis legend and the winner of 20 wimbledon titles, famously beat Bobby Riggs in 1973 for a $100,000 prize in "The Battle of the sexes" after he said to her that men were superior athletes.
"I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn't win that match. It would ruin the women's tour and affect all women's self esteem."
- Billie Jean King (1943)
Benazir Bhutto: She was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan (1993-1996) and the first woman to head a Muslim state. During her leadership, she ended military dictatorship in her country and fought for women rights. She was assassinated in a suicide attack in 2007.
"Democracy is the best revenge."
- Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007)
Mary Quant: Mary Quant was an influential fashion designer and she shaped the image of the swinging sixties. She was credited for creating the mini-skirt and hot pants.
"Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today."
- Mary Quant (1934)
J.K. Rowling: Breaking through the trap of poverty until she finished writing her first book for the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has now sold 400 million copies worldwide. She went on from living on state benefits in the UK to becoming a multi-millionaire after her book's success in a matter of five years.
"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default."
- J.K Rowling (1965)
Katherine Hepburn: Katherine Hepburn was known for playing strong-willed women in her film roles. She won four academy awards for Best actress, the most an actress has ever won. Her unconventional non-conformist, masculine style choices made wearing trousers acceptable to women, which was largely considered a taboo at that time.
"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."
- Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)
Rosa Parks: Also know as "the first lady of civil rights", the African-American Rosa Parks was a pioneer of civil rights in a racially segregated Alabama in 1950s. In 1955, she refused to give away her seat to a white passenger in a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, thereby, disobeying the bus driver's orders. This act of hers sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott that crippled the state capital's public transport system.
"I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move."
- Rosa Parks (1913-2005)