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Where to hang with some of History's coolest women

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Worldwide - Travel Stories Where to hang with some of History's coolest women

To Greece, France, Britain, and the US!

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Check out the places behind some of the most influential women in history. And we didn't even have time for Oprah.

Sappho, in Eresos

An ancient Greek poet from Eresos, on the island of Lesbos in Greece. Sappho's poetry was famous and admired in her own lifetime; most of what she wrote is lost but her influence runs through Europe's poetic history, from Bocaccio in the 1300s to Tennyson in the 1800s and Ezra Pound and H.D in the 1900s.

Sappho's poems often explored relationships between women and its her poetry, plus the name of her home island of Lesbos, that gives us the term 'lesbian'.

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Marie Curie, in Paris

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize and also the only person ever to have won it twice, as well as the only person to have won one two different science categories. That is, both physics and chemistry.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Curie studied and then worked in Paris. Her laboratory there is now the Musée Curie.

Working with her husband, Pierre Curie, she discovered the radioactive elements of radium and polonium, the second of which is named after Poland, her country of birth.

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Harriet Tubman, in New York

Tubman's final years were in Auburn (around 4h 30m from New York City and 3h 30m from Toronto, Canada) but she was born in Maryland.

She began her life as a slave and, having escaped, helped run the underground railroad network that saved many African-Americans from slavery.

Tubman also worked as an armed scout during the American Civil War and guided Raid at Combahee Ferry, at which over 700 slaves were freed.

Once settled in Auburn, she was involved in the movement to give US women the vote.

She's buried in Auburn, and her home there is now a museum.

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Boudica, in London

One of England's greatest folk heroes, Boudica was a warrior-queen who led an uprising against the occupying Romans.

Her rebellion ranged from London to Colchester, in Essex, and into East Anglia and the West Midlands.

Boudica has remained a symbol of British sovereignty, freedom, and strength. Her statue sits on the River Thames, right opposite the UK Houses of Parliament.

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