Worldwide Women of Achievement

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September is Women of Achievement Month

It’s Women of Achievement Month, so we’re recognizing some of the great contributions women have made to global arts, education, and politics. Take a look at our world map below and scroll down to see the place of birth and key achievements of each historic figure.

Map of 13 Women of Achievement in Global Education

13 Women of Achievement in Global Education (click to expand)

Eastern Cape, South Africa – Charlotte Maxeke: Social worker and African National Congress Women’s League founder

La Cisterna, Peru – Michelle Bachelet: Politician and first female President of Chile

Mexico City, Mexico – Frida Kahlo: Painter and artist

Los Angeles, CA – Ellen Ochoa: Astronaut and Director of Johnson Space Center

New York City, NY – Eleanor Roosevelt: First-lady of the U.S., social activist, and delegate to the United Nations

Bristol, England – Elizabeth Blackwell: First woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree

Florence, Italy – Florence Nightingale – Social reformer, prolific writer, and founder of modern nursing education

Warsaw, Poland – Marie Curie: Scientist, physicist, and early researcher of radioactivity

Marche, Italy – Maria Montessori: Physician and founder of the Montessori education philosophy

Mingora, Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai: Advocate for women’s rights, education, and equality

Allahabad, India – Indira Gandhi: Political reformer and first female Prime Minister of India

Wakamatsu, Japan – ‘Wakamatsu’ Shizuko: Poet, translator, and first graduate of Japan’s first all-girls school

Sydney, Australia – Jane Foss Barff: Women’s education advocate and social activist


Social studies students can connect with and learn about hundreds of historic figures in our Networks social studies learning system. Download our Step Into Time and Place app for mobile phones and tablets for free.

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