Some women were victims of the time they lived, others were ahead of their time. Nonetheless, women have striven to change the world from Ancient times to modern day. Some women's lives bridged two centuries in which case the women will be listed in both centuries. Otherwise, women have been grouped according to the century in which they were most active. A woman born in 1890 will not have contributed until the 20th century, thus this is where she may be found.