So how many great women do you know that are making a difference in the world? Personally, for me I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible change agents, and I bet that you have as well.
With so many great women making our lives better today for everyone on the planet, it is difficult to select just a few.
But I thought that in honour of ‘International Women’s Day’ on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 we would Celebrate some remarkable leaders from history right up to today.
In 70 BC Cleopatra ruled Egypt for 21 years a generation before the birth of Christ. A queen at just 18 years of age and at the height of her power she controlled virtually the entire eastern Mediterranean coastline, and the last great kingdom of any Egyptian ruler.
Florence Nightingale: 1820 – 1910 was a war-hero nurse who was named ‘Florence’ as this is where she was born. She was a true hero who dedicated her life to helping others. She was welcomed home a hero and Queen Victoria wrote her a letter to say ‘Thank You’ for all that she had done, as she completely transformed the quality of health care during the war.
Emmeline Pankhurst: 1858-1928 was a founding member of a group of women called the ‘Suffragettes’ who fought incredibly hard to get women the right to vote in the UK. They often used violent and extreme tactics to do this, but Emmeline was not a stranger to a prison cell and her cause was supported by women all over the country.
Marie Curie: 1867 – 1934 – was a Polish scientist born in Warsaw but moved to France where she changed the world. She was the first women in history to win the Nobel Prize in 1911. Along with her husband they discovered new chemical elements that developed the X-ray units that we still use to this day. Such a game-changer.
Danielle Fong who finished school and was admitted to college at the age of 12. When she was 22, Fong along with her friends founded a startup company called ‘LightSail Energy’. They developed a form of ‘compressed air energy storage’ which could basically change the future of our planet.
Angela Markel: this remarkable woman was trained as a physicist before she decided to enter politics. She has been elected as Chancellor 3 times, and has been widely described as the ‘de facto leader of the European Union’, the most powerful woman in the world, and by some commentators as the ‘leader of the free world’.
Tarana Burke: Civil Rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement. In 2017 she was the ‘Time’ Person of the year and then went on to found the ‘Just Be Inc’ a non-profit organization that provides support for victims of sexual harassment and assault.
Sheryl Sandberg: Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and found of Leanin.org. As a distinguished technology executive, bestselling author of ‘Lean In’ and ‘Option B’, and influential philanthropic leader, Sandberg is a role model who strives for a commitment to equality among men and women. AMEN sister.
J.K. Rowling – author of the magical ‘Harry Potter’ series wrote her first book titled ‘Rabbit’ at the age of 6, which was a story all about a Rabbit. Anyone who gets hundreds of millions of kids around the globe to love reading is most definitely a world-changer.
Malala Yousafzai: Pakistani activist for female education and human rights and the youngest ‘Nobel Prize’ laureate. As the author of 2 books her fund, breaks down barriers that are preventing more than 130 million girls from around the world from going to school. Malala.org
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (commonly known as AOC) a 29-year-old American Politician who is the daughter of working-class Puerto Rican parents who was raised in the Bronx. She has risen to global fame as the youngest first-time congresswomen from New York. She is proving to be the most disruptive New Democrat in decades and she is making waves like no one else.
Greta Thunberg: 16-year-old Swedish activist who launched worldwide school strikes with teenagers demanding that their leaders take action on the growing climate crisis. Since 2018 when Greta sat outside of the Swedish parliament millions have since joined her protests from all around the world.
Olga Misik: 17-year-old Russian who called for free speech and freedom to protest in front of riot police and was arrested. She was one of about a 1,000 protestors arrested when Moscow was calling for free local elections.
Rosalie Fish: Native American runner who is raising awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women. By wearing a red handprint on her face during a Washington state track meet, this gave her the opportunity to present this pressing issue.
Alaa Salah: Sudanese student Alaa joined protests that led to the ouster of Sudanese President ‘Omar al-Bashir’, who ruled for nearly 30 years. This 22 years old became a symbol of resistance in Sudan after a photo of her chanting went viral.
ILe: a Grammy-winning artist/singer who is using her music to advocate for gender equality and denounce the rise in femicides in Puerto Rico and Latin America.
Emma Gonzalez: at 19 years old she is one of the most recognizable faces of the push for ‘Gun Control’ in the USA. As a survivor of the Parkland shooting in Florida where 17 teenagers lost their lives to a shooter, Emma took the internet by storm with a viral speech at a gun control rally that ignited a nation. Being just a teenager didn’t discourage her, and along with her classmates, they created ‘Never Again MSD’ a student-led political action committee dedicated to passing stricter gun control laws.
Monica Lennon a Scottish member of Parliament who just pushed the bill through in Parliament that Scotland is now poised to become the first country to end ‘Period Poverty’ by providing free sanitary products to women of all ages in their country!
So I hope that you found this helpful and please let me know which woman inspires you?
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Until next time it’s Linda Ferguson – Helping you discover your inner FASHiONiSTA