10 Forgotten Women Leaders Who Made Feminist History

As Virginia Woolf said: “For most of history, anonymous was a woman.” Everyone knows a forgotten woman. The ones we hold close to our hearts, the rebels we raise in conversation, the pioneering early feminists who have been overlooked for too long.

Zing Tsjeng uncovers and celebrates the fascinating herstories of influential women that time forgot, putting their achievements firmly back on the map, in a new series of books called Forgotten Women. In the ten excerpts below from Forgotten Women: The Leaders, readers find themselves transported to the campaign rallies of a historic presidential campaign, the front lines of the Stonewall Riots and among a chorus of voices singing in protest of apartheid outside a South African PM’s house—all through the stories of the women who made such groundbreaking events happen.

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Zing Tsjeng is the UK Editor of VICE.com's women's issues channel, Broadly. Zing has also become a spokesperson for millennial women—writing for Dazed and the Guardian, among others.