When History Becomes Herstory: The Most Powerful Women of the Last 100 Years

It was during history class when we learned of the most powerful and influential people in history. But more often than not, the subjects were mostly men, and not much emphasis was put on the women who also changed the world. There have been countless powerful female figures who have strongly made an impact on the world we live in. And some will even argue that their feats were even more remarkable due to the obstacles and oppression they had to, or still have to, face.

Women from all walks of life and from different industries have all made a dent in the way we think, feel, act, dress, and are. Women from Beyonce to Marilyn Monroe to Princess Diana, have all made an impact in their own way. And the world has only benefited from their presence. Let’s take a look at the most influential women of the last 100 years.

39. Jackie Kennedy: An Icon of Style and Grace

Other than being the First Lady of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy was an American icon for more than a few reasons. She was a single mother who overcame tragedy, a professional woman, and her determination to live her own life has continued to inspire women.


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Following her late husband’s election to the presidency in 1960, Jackie was known for her restoration of the White House, putting an emphasis on arts and culture. Her style, elegance, and grace were widely noted, and she became an international fashion icon. Jackie’s story is so famous that her story was retold in the movie ‘Jackie,’ starring Natalie Portman. And we can safely say that getting a movie made about you can be seen as a benchmark of your influence.

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