Elizabeth Warren's silencing in the United States Senate Tuesday night came as a semi-shock to the country, but it didn't take long to realize the event was a familiar narrative. Throughout history, women who have tried to speak up against problematic social structures have frequently been silenced, but just like Warren has proven already, they are rarely stopped. These seven women used being silenced to give themselves an even greater voice, never letting the patriarchy get them down in their fight for equality.
These are just a few, relatively modern examples of women who fit this model, and by no means are they the only ones. In every fight against social oppression over the years, there have been women leading the charge with or without recognition. Some stories are more famous than others, and the legends that have endured encourage women every day. But it's the responsibility of this generation to highlight the ones that have been forgotten, too. In honoring these seven women, take some time to learn about others like them and diversify your role models. The more women reclaim the history that male-dominated society has tried to erase, the more all women will believe in their power to affect change.