Politics can be a dirty game — and if you're in it, you're much more likely to be remembered for your worst moves and what you didn't accomplish than for your better choices and your successes. And given that politics was a man's game until only very recently, it's no surprise that there are a lot of women in politics who didn't get the credit that they deserved for their work as trailblazers and fighters. If most of the names on this list are unfamiliar to you, don't be ashamed — there are a lot of history books out there that make absolutely no mention of them.
Some of the women made in-roads into various political spheres when the idea of women playing a part there was still unthinkable. Maybe they worked behind the scenes, never gaining any public recognition for their contributions. Maybe they broke down racial or gender-based barriers, paving the way for all of the women in their wake. No matter what they accomplished, they're all worth celebrating, even if it's already well after the fact. The more women are recognized for their political accomplishments, the easier it is for the next generation to work on breaking those last remaining glass ceilings.