8 iconic pictures of fearless girls around the world

Harriet Marsden@harriet1marsden
Friday 05 May 2017 10:45
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By now you've probably seen the image of a Girl Scout confronting a far-right protester at a rally in the Czech Republic.

​The World Organisation of the Scout Movement shared the photo with this inspirational post:

Lucie, a Scout from Junák - český skaut, in discussion with a supporter of extreme right movements, in Brno (#CzechRepublic).

People from all walks of life, and #Scouts among them, came to the streets during an extreme right march yesterday, to express their support for values of diversity, peace and understanding. Creating a better world!

Lucie's calm, peaceful demeanour in the face of such palpable hate has caused the image to go full viral.

With Lucie in mind, here are eight more iconic images of fearless female warriors...


You've probably seen that picture of Saffiyah Khan, who smiled unfazed as a member of the English Defence League (EDL) shouted abuse in her face at a Birmingham rally.

She was reportedly standing up for Saira Zafar, who the EDL member had been shouting up.

Khan told VICE News: "[I’ve] got big things planned, focusing on the bigger picture. Being viral is worthless if nothing helpful comes of it.”


Photographer Jonathan Bachman captured the moment Ieshia L. Evans stood alone in front of police officers in full riot gear.

She was at a protest over fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana state capital, Baton Rouge.

Already labelled 'iconic,' it's become a defining image of the Black Lives Matter movement.


Ruby Bridges is shown here with her escort at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, 1960.

Bridges was the first black child to attend school with white children, after the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling put an end to Jim Crow segregation laws in schools.


This was taken in Poland in 2016, when the country proposed a total ban on abortion.

Protestors took to the streets in defiance, with this one incredible sign going viral.

The image has come to symbolise the exhaustion and struggle for meaningful progress in the fight for women's equality, and how far we still have left to go.


Steve McCurry's 1985 photo 'The Young Afghan Girl' depicts Sharbat Gula, gazing defiantly with her stunning eyes.

It was published on the cover of the National Geographic, and has become one of the images most associated with the devastation in Afghanistan.


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Emmeline Pankhurst was the leader of the British suffragette movement, which fought for women's right to vote.

This photo shows the moment she was arrested and manhandled at a demonstration outside Buckingham Palace, London.


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'Rosie the Riveter' is the fictional icon created during World War II for the war effort.

She was designed to encourage women to take over men's jobs while they fought abroad, particularly typically 'male' jobs such as vital factory work.


This photograph was taken by Hans Runesson during a Nordic Reich party march in 1985.

The woman is Danuta Danielsson, whose mother had survived a Nazi concentration camp.

She is one serious badass, smacking a neo-Nazi with her handbag.

Life. Goals.

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