From a young age, Cathy Freeman had one dream: to compete in the Olympic Games.

Dr Joanne Liu is the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician.

Winona LaDuke is an American environmentalist, economist and writer.

Ida B Wells was an African-American journalist, activist and feminist.

Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch physician and women's suffrage activist.

Laverne Cox has an empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a powerful advocate for gender equality and is the second woman to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Viola Desmond was an African Canadian entrepreneur and business woman who challenged racial segregation in 1946.

Wangari Maathai was a widely respected environmentalist, feminist, politician, professor and human rights advocate.