Extraordinary Women Of History You Need To Know Now

    It's International Women's Day, so let's celebrate some incredible women.

    Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron (only the hottest Romantic poet ever), is credited with writing the first computer program.

    Hedy Lamarr, iconic Hollywood actress, also invented a frequency hopping device that prevented radio-controlled torpedoes from jamming.

    Fe del Mundo, Harvard Medical School's first female student, was admitted because she was brilliant...and because they didn't realize she was a woman.

    The Dahomey Amazons were an all-female army that fought for the Kingdom of Dahomey (now Republic of Benin) for almost 200 years.

    Madam C.J. Walker, the illiterate daughter of freed slaves, became America's first black female millionaire for a hair treatment she invented in 1905,

    Anna May Wong was the first major Chinese-American film star and she fought against stereotypical portrayals in Hollywood.

    The Harvard Computers, astronomer Edward Charles Pickering's all-female team, cataloged and classified nearly all the stars in the sky.

    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, one of Latin America's greatest poets, rejected multiple proposals and became a nun in 1667 so she could devote her life to study.

    Alice Huyler Ramsey, the first woman to drive across America, said, "Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It’s all above the collar."

    Murasaki Shikibu published the first novel ever, The Tale of Genji, in 1021.

    In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first black person to win an Academy Award for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind.

    The Wesleyan-educated Soong Sisters were married to the three most influential men of modern Chinese history, and significant in their own right.

    Victoria Claflin Woodhull, America's first woman presidential candidate, advocated for the right to marry, divorce, and have children without government interference.