Extraordinary women exist throughout history.
Sometimes, it is only looking back that we see just what extraordinary women they were.
The achievements of many women were not recognised during their lifetime, yet they are now acknowledged for their contributions to science, the arts, medicine and many other traditionally male fields.
So here are just a few of the extraordinary #women who changed the world and paved the way for many of the rights that we take for granted …
1. Elizabeth I
It is often said that some of the greatest rulers of England and Great Britain have been its queens.
Elizabeth was the first to give her name to an age, was the first successful woman to rule in her own right (her sister Mary I´s short reign was not seen as a triumph), and brought about religious stability after several decades of turmoil.
She refused to marry, but instead ruled only with her advisors.
But there was never any doubt who was in charge!