Here's a look at eight of them and their achievements.
The founder of modern nursing who was also a social reformer was born in Italy but was brought up at one of her family's homes in Lea Hurst, Derbyshire. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
Born in Whatstandwell, sailor Dame Ellen broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005. Now retired, she has also launched the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Writer, feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain grew up in Buxton and worked as a nurse at the Devonshire Royal Hospital. Her book Testament of Youth has been described as a classic memoir of WW1.(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Born in Chesterfield, she was married to Scouting and Girl Guiding founder Robert Baden-Powell. She was the first Chief Guide for Britain and led the Guide movement for 40 years. (Photo - Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Born in Tintwistle, Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer, well-known for introducing punk and new wave into the mainstream fashion industry. The businesswoman now has stores all over the world. Photo - Shutterstock
Writer Dame Hilary was born in Glossop and is the first woman to have twice won the Booker Prize, with her novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. (Photo by Philip Toscano - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Katie, from Chinley, was born with quadriplegic cerebal palsy and her family were told she would never walk. But she defied the odds and is a three-time para-cycling world champion.
Born in Spondon, badminton player Donna has represented England at two Olympic games. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)