Forgotten herstory: Women you need to know

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her book "Half of a Yellow Sun." She became more popularly known <a href='http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story' target='_blank'>after her TED talk</a> was <a href='http://blog.ted.com/2013/12/13/beyonce-samples-chimamanda-ngozi-adichies-tedx-message-on-surprise-album/' target='_blank'>sampled in "Flawless," a song by pop singer Beyonce</a>: "Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes," she says. Adichie is part of a new wave of voices advocating women's equality. Before her, many women whose names you may not know paved paths to a more equal future and changed history. Click through the gallery for examples:

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her book "Half of a Yellow Sun." She became more popularly known after her TED talk was sampled in "Flawless," a song by pop singer Beyonce: "Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes," she says. Adichie is part of a new wave of voices advocating women's equality. Before her, many women whose names you may not know paved paths to a more equal future and changed history. Click through the gallery for examples: