Throughout history, women have been assuming leadership roles in  all sorts of industries; their hard work and influence resulted in significant progress in the fields of science, philosophy and more. That is why Richard Madison, marketing executive for the Brighton School of Business & Management — a UK-based business and management training company — created an infographic that celebrates just some of these enterprising women.

“Leadership is an extraordinary human quality, and leadership in the face of adversity is inspirational,” he says. “This infographic looks at inspirational and influential women pioneers from history, in politics and science, technology and philanthropy; while also exploring the current status of female leadership.”

Read on to learn more about some of history’s strongest female leaders.