12 Women Who Made History While Wearing Glasses

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12 Influential Women You Didn’t Know Wore Glasses


1) Coco Chanel

You know Coco Channel is a high-powered fashion designer, but did you know that she made it acceptable for women to dress casual and comfortable? Coco brought to life the woman’s suit, the quilted purse, costume jewelry, the little black dress and many more staples of todays wardrobe.

2) Rosa Parks

We all know that Rosa Parks helped spark the Civil Rights Movement by refusing to give up her seat to a white person. But did you know that upon her death, she was the first woman to lie in honor at this US Capitol.

3) Susan B. Anthony

“No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.”

4) Eleanor Roosevelt

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”

5) Meryl Streep

“People will say to me, ‘You’ve played so many strong women’ and I’ll say, ‘Have you ever said to a man, ‘You’ve played so many strong men?’”

6) Lucille Ball

I’m sure we’ve all heard of I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball’s hit TV show. But were you aware that this show landed Ball in the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame, making her the first woman inducted?

7) Shirley Chisholm

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Paving the way for Barak Obama, Shirley Chisholm was not only the first Black woman to be elected into Congress, but she was also the first woman of any ethnicity to enter the Democratic presidential race.

8) Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto etched her name in the history books in 1988 when she became the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988. Her legacy lives on through Malala, the youngest Nobel Prize winner, who counts Bhutto as one of her idols.

9) Oprah Winfrey

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”

10) Billie Jean King

While many of us are familiar with Billie Jean King’s remarkable tennis record, not many of us know that she was the first female athlete in any sport to earn over $100,000 in a single season. She was also the first woman to have a major sporting venue named after her, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

Watch Billie Jean read a story about seeing clearly for OneSight.

11) Taylor Swift

“There are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you’re going, you will look around and you will know — it was you, and the people who love you, who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

12) Lydia Ko

Can you believe that at 15-years-old, golfer Lydia Ko won her first LPGA Tour event? Then, only two years later, she shocked the world again when she became the No. 1-ranked woman professional golfer! Lydia will go down in history as the youngest golfer, man or woman, to not only win a major tour, but to also be ranked number one in professional golf.

Would these women have been as successful without their glasses? Thankfully, we’ll never have to worry about that answer.

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