30 most badass women from history!
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30 most badass women from history!

These influential women broke barriers and traditions to make a name for themselves. From those who excelled in their fields, to activists, icons and just those who shone through with their bravery, these women have made us believe that anything is possible. These women of power have wowed us and it's time to relive their stories and to be inspired. Take a look at their stories.

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Shreya Khanna7th Mar, 2016
Indira Gandhi in her younger days

Indira Gandhi in her younger days

India's first and only female Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi had been exposed to politics from a very young age. Her father, Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and she always had the tendency of being a leader. During her tenure, she was strong, fierce and didn't take no for an answer. She was assassinated by her guards in 1984. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

A rare picture of Mother Teresa

A rare picture of Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa has been regarded as one of the most amazing women the world has ever seen. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 because of her valiant efforts to spread peace and selfless service to others. She personally took care and housed a number of sick and dying people in Calcutta, through her Missionary of Charities organization. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

Amelia Earhart taking off on a solo adventure

Amelia Earhart taking off on a solo adventure

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her solo experiences helped her pen down her experiences in a number of books, inspiring women throughout. Her book, "20 Hrs. 40 Min.: Our Flight in the Friendship" is a must read! Unfortunately, during one of her solo flights in 1937, Earhart disappeared in the Pacific Ocean aged only 40. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

India's first female pilot Sarla Thakral

India's first female pilot Sarla Thakral

The first Indian woman to fly an aircraft, Sarla Thakral flew a Gypsy Moth solo at the age of 21. She was the first Indian to get an airmail pilot's license and also the first woman to accumulate 1000 hours of flying thereby obtaining an 'A' license. She passed away in 2008. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

The beautiful Elizabeth Taylor

The beautiful Elizabeth Taylor

This British-American actress paved way for many young women to make a name for themselves in the world. Regarded as the most popular and iconic figures in the film world, Elizabeth Taylor made a mark on the world with her innovative choice of roles. Taylor was also a female phenomenon in an era where women were yet to arrive. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

A colour picture of the enigmatic Vijaya Laxmi Pandit

A colour picture of the enigmatic Vijaya Laxmi Pandit

The first Indian woman to hold a cabinet post, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit carried her family's tradition of getting into politics. She later went on to become the first woman to become the President of the UN General Assembly. Her brother, Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India. Through her diplomatic and political career, she was the Indian Mabasaddor to the Soviet Union, US, Ireland and Mexico. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

Anne Frank seen writing in her now iconic diary

Anne Frank seen writing in her now iconic diary

Anne Frank's diary immortalizing her tale of struggle as part of a Jewish family during Nazi rule has been beyond inspiring. Her diary, later transformed into a book, showed us the plight of a young teenager who circumstances pushed into becoming an adult at a young age. Unfortunately, Anne Frank couldn't live to see how her struggle inspired hundreds of young women around the world. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

The powerful Hellen Keller

The powerful Hellen Keller

Known as one of the most powerful deafblind people, Helen Keller lost her vision and hearing abilities at 19 months. She was also the first deafblind person to receive a bachelors degree in art. The story of her breaking all norms to become an activist is truly inspiring and her birthday, June 27 has now been commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the US. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

Gayatri Devi during her heyday

Gayatri Devi during her heyday

The Maharani of Jaipur, Gayatri Devi, was probably one of the most besotting women of India. She was somewhat a fashion icon and beauty symbol during her heyday. Her stint in politics and her work with the poor and marginalized helped her gain a great reputation for herself. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

The nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu

The nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu

This Indian Independence activist and poet is widely regarded as the Nightingale of India. She was also the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress. She also made history by becoming the first Governor of an Indian state. She passed away in 1949 at the age of 70. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

A rare picture of Madhubala from a photoshoot

A rare picture of Madhubala from a photoshoot

One of India's most beautiful and enigmatic stars, Madhubala is till date remembered for her iconic roles. In an era when women weren't given enough opportunities, Madhubala took her passion to her stride and left for us a lot to be inspired by. She also attracted interest in Hollywood, being India's most popular actress. She passed away at the age of 36 from a heart disease. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

An iconic picture of Marilyn Monroe

An iconic picture of Marilyn Monroe

Regarded as one of the most iconic film legends of the world, the mystifying Marilyn Monroe was most known for her non-traditional approach to acting. She was widely regarded as a sex symbol and her outlook to sexuality was quite coming of age for the era she belonged to. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

Joan of Arc during her trial

Joan of Arc during her trial

Considered to be one of France's most heroic women, Joan of Arc successfully led a French rebellion against the English when she was just 17. What made her stand out further was her consequent trial, which deemed her a martyr. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

An illustration of Rani Lakshmibai

An illustration of Rani Lakshmibai

Her tale is as eternal and immortal as time itself as is her personality. Rani of Jhansi or Rani Lakshmibai was an Indian warrior who fought all odds for her constituency. She is known to be one of the leading figures during the Rebellion of 1857. She passed away at the age of 29, after she was attacked by a British soldier while dressed in a cavalry uniform herself. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

A rare picture of Rosa Luxemburg

A rare picture of Rosa Luxemburg

German revolutionary, Rosa Luxemburg fought hard against German imperialism through her life. She campaigned for international socialism and attempted to bring about a Communist revolution in the country which failed and she was murdered in the attempt. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

The beautiful style icon, Audrey Hepburn

The beautiful style icon, Audrey Hepburn

Regarded as a great film and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn's life was no less than a fairy tale. Her work in films earned her great recognition and soon she became a household name. She starred in films that she carried on her own two shoulders. She devoted a large part of her later life to causes such as UNICEF, contributing a lot to the poorer countries of the world. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

A rare image of Annie Besant

A rare image of Annie Besant

This English social activist actively participated in the Indian Independence movement and also fought hard for women's rights along with campaigning for social justice. She was active in politics during a time when not many women were even allowed to vote. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

A rare picture of Justice Anna Chandy

A rare picture of Justice Anna Chandy

The first female judge in India and the first woman in India to become a High Court judge, Anna Chandy paved way for a number of young and aspiring lawyers. Through her career she supported the cause of women's rights and was often described as a "first generation feminist". Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

Margaret Thatcher as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Margaret Thatcher as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who ruled for 10 years. Her policies and her tenure were historic and remain etched in Britain's politics till date. Her policies were regarded as 'Thatcherism', while she began being called the 'Iron Lady'. Image Courtesy: Image Procured via Google Search

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20 most inspiring quotes by Rabindranath Tagore that will change your life's perspective
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20 most inspiring quotes by Rabindranath Tagore that will change your life's perspective

Airlift: Real story behind India's rescue mission during the Gulf War 1990
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Airlift: Real story behind India's rescue mission during the Gulf War 1990

Airlift is soon to hit the theatres, but did you know about the real story behind the movie? Here's a look at how India carried out the biggest evacuation project during the Gulf War in 1990 in Kuwait, where it rescued 1,70,000 Indians.

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Shreya Khanna21st Jan, 2016
The most unconventional love stories ever
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The most unconventional love stories ever

The world has seen some beautiful love stories ever that have been able to etch history with their depth and undying value. From Salim-Anarkali to Bonnie and Clyde, these people have defied traditions and conventions to stick together. Read these stories and feel inspired.

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Shreya Khanna14th Feb, 2017
Most miraculous rescue operations by the Indian Armed Forces
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Most miraculous rescue operations by the Indian Armed Forces

The Indian Armed Forces have some of the most brave and efficient men working hard to make our lives easier. From saving those who are suffering, to helping us sleep peacefully at night, these men put themselves into grave danger to keep our country safe. Here are some of the selfless activities carried out by the forces, which resulted in some heart-warming tales.

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Shreya Khanna26th Jul, 2016
Rare photos of Neerja Bhanot
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Rare photos of Neerja Bhanot

Neerja Bhanot was a purser for Pan Am, based in Mumbai, India, who was murdered while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5 September 1986. Watch out for Neerja's rare and unseen photos Disclaimer: itimes does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any information's, content or contained on, distributed through, or linked, downloaded or accessed from any of the services contained on this website.
Saloni Singh7th Sep, 2016
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