7 women who changed the world

Scientist Rosalind Franklin at work in a laboratory in London.

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  • In celebration of International Women's Day we look at seven inspiring women
  • Remarkable females made huge scientific discoveries and campaigned for equality
  • Which women have inspired you? Tweet your answers to @CNNIwomen

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(CNN)All of these women left a mark on the world that would change people's thinking for decades -- in some cases centuries -- to come.

They wrote books that revolutionized people's view of society; made scientific discoveries that transformed medicine as we know it; and brought about laws that shook up the establishment.
    In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, Leading Women takes a look at just seven of the many females throughout history who changed the world for the betterment of all.

      Harriet Beecher Stowe, author and anti-slavery campaigner

      Harriet Beecher Stowe's best-selling novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" popularized the anti-slavery campaign.
      The American author's best-selling 1852 novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" helped popularize the anti-slavery movement.
      Legend has it Abraham Lincoln greeted Beecher Stowe at the White House by saying: "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war," in reference to the civil war.
        Her novel followed the life of black slave Uncle Tom, and was the second best-selling book of the 19th century after the Bible.

        Emmeline Pankhurst, led women's right to vote movement

        English suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst (center) and her daughter Christabel Harriette (third from left) are cheered by supporters after their release from prison in 1908.
        British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), a group known for extreme forms of protest such as chaining themselves to railings and going on hunger strikes.
        "We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers," she said during a court trail in 1908.
        Sadly Pankhurst never lived to see her dream become reality, dying three weeks before a law was passed giving women equal voting rights with men.

        Anne Frank, writer of Holocaust diary

        A portrait of Anne Frank stands in front of the memorial of Central Europe's first Holocaust museum in Budapest.
        "What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again" -- Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl."
        The wisdom and wit of 13-year-old Jewish schoolgirl Anne Frank, written while hiding in Amsterdam during the Second World War, is one of t