These are the inspirational Leeds women who have changed the world

These are some of the Leeds heroines whose achievements we're celebrating this International Women's Day.

Jane Tomlinson

They were all born or lived in the city.

Jane Tomlinson

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Sue, who lived at Scarcroft Hall, volunteered as a WW2 nurse when she was just 15. She later did relief work in post-war Poland. She set up the Sue Ryder Foundation, providing care for the elderly and disabled.
The wife of a Leeds jeweller who joined the Women's Social and Political Union and became bodyguard to Emmeline Pankhurst. She was imprisoned after throwing an iron bar through a case in the Tower of London, and went on hunger strike.
Grew up in Woodhouse and later became a teacher and women's suffrage activist. She suffered serious injuries after being beaten while heckling Winston Churchill. In later life emigrated to the USA.
A Caribbean migrant who came to Leeds from St Kitts in 1956, Gertrude became the city's first black headteacher and an important community leader in Chapeltown who founded the West Indian Carnival. She died in 1992.
The racing cyclist from Morley won seven world titles. She even set a women's record for the 12-hour time trial which exceeded the men's record for two years. Died aged 58 of heart failure during a social ride.
The Leeds boxer is the first woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport at London 2012; she later followed up her achievements by retaining her gold at Rio 2016. Has now turned professional.
The writer was raised in Armley and worked as a typist before her first book was published in 1979. After A Woman of Substance sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, it entered the top 10 list of all-time bestsellers.
A radiographer from Leeds, Jane was told her cancer was terminal in 2000. She completed the London Marathon three times and finished an Ironman triathlon. She raised over 1.85million for charity before her death in 2007 aged 43.
Born in Normanton, Alice worked as a teacher before being elected Leeds's first female MP in 1945. She represented Leeds South East until she retired in 1970.