Today is International Women’s Day, and we celebrate the women in our lives who helped us become the strong, successful, empowered women we are now. And while much of who we are is shaped by friends and family, we can’t ignore the fact that we were inspired by famous women we saw on television or read about in books or newspapers while growing up.

With that in mind, here are 20 of the strongest, most influential, and most iconic women throughout history. Scroll through our gallery and learn about each woman and her contributions to her field, to society, and to the world at large.

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