The history we learn in school is strongly male-dominated. That is, unless you had some really awesome teachers (in which case, hats off to them!). Luckily, most history classes do include some major female figures: the Susan B. Anthonys, the Harriet Tubmans, the Gloria Steinems, the Marie Curies, the Joan of Arcs. And don’t get me wrong, those women are incredible. But there are so many more women who did amazing things throughout history but probably got left out of your high school history book.
So here’s to the brave, determined women who dared to defy rules and expectations, and made contributions to the world that we enjoy every day but may not necessarily realize. Here are 10 of the most badass women that you probably never learned about in school.
Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.