In­no­va­tors and pi­o­neers who en­cour­age us to dream big. Spot the woman in the spot­light with our handy guide

The Simple Things - - NEST | HOW WE LIVE -

Ada Lovelace

Even though it’s from the 19th cen­tury, Ada’s ‘com­put­ing ma­chine’ un­der­stand­ing ex­ceeds our ‘turn it off and on again’ lim­its.

Coco Chanel

Her de­signs lib­er­ated women from the corset’s con­straints – pre­sum­ably en­abling us to buy more No5.

Marie Curie

De­vel­op­ing the the­ory of ra­dioac­tiv­ity (and coin­ing its name), her find­ings ra­di­ated across the 20th cen­tury.

Amelia Earhart

The first woman to fly the At­lantic solo. She also formed an or­gan­i­sa­tion for fe­male pi­lots, The Ninety-Nines.

Frida Kahlo

Dreams of be­com­ing a doc­tor dashed by ill­ness, Kahlo pro­duced over 140 art­works on iden­tity in Mex­i­can so­ci­ety.

Maya An­gelou

It’s im­pos­si­ble to sum up this life in a few words – she wrote seven au­to­bi­ogra­phies of her ex­pe­ri­ence as a black Amer­i­can woman.

Au­drey Hep­burn

Hep­burn not only con­quered the screen, but – through her work for UNICEF – tack­led real-life global is­sues, too.

Em­me­line Pankhurst

Pankhurst’s suf­frage or­gan­i­sa­tion smashed ideas about women’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and many win­dows in the process.

Ella Fitzger­ald

Used her fame to chal­lenge racial bar­ri­ers – truly wor­thy of the ti­tles ‘Queen of Jazz’ and ‘Lady Ella’.

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