15 INSPIRING WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
As we are celebrating Women International Day today, I thought It will be great to honor this day by sharing with you a short list of legendary women who changed the world despite their “inconvenient” environment. What I have learned is that you and me can contribute towards the society no matter what. We don’t need to be in a specific field, time or environment to make a difference to the world in this lifetime.
The following is the list of 15 most Inspiring women who changed the world.
1. Mother Teresa.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner (1979), aimed at looking after those who had nobody to look after them through her own order “The Missionaries of Charity”. She worked tirelessly towards her goal until her ill-health – that included two heart attacks, pneumonia and malaria – forced her to step down in March 1997, following which she took her last breath in September 1997. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
2. Princess Diana.
Was a well-loved “people’s princess”. She devoted her life to charity work; she led a nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign to ban landmines.
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” – Diana
3. Benazir Bhutto.
She was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan (1993-1996) and the first woman to head a Muslim state. During her leadership, she ended military dictatorship in her country and fought for women rights. She was assassinated in a suicide attack in 2007. “Democracy is the best revenge.” – Benazir Bhutto
4. Oprah Winfrey
A generous Philanthropist, who is today worth $3.1 billion as a famous US talk show host and a media proprietor, was born to a poor single mother in Mississippi. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey.
5. Lady Madonna
Has achieved an unprecedented level of power and control for a woman in the entertainment industry. She has sold more than 300 million records of her music and she has turned her hands to songwriting, acting, film-directing and producing, fashion designing and writing children’s books. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna.
6. Marie Stopes.
The british scientist, best known for her achievements in the fields of birth control and sex education in the 20th century. She publicly addressed romantic and sexual happiness in a marriage, thereby, breaking many barriers in the society. “Each coming together of man and wife, even if they have been mated for many years, should be a fresh adventure; each winning should necessitate a fresh wooing.” – Marie Stopes.
7. Amelia Earhart.
Was the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932 and she became the first woman pilot in 1935 after flying solo from Hawaii to California. She embarked upon her lifelong dream of flying across the world in 1937, however, her flight went missing on that trip and she was never seen again. “Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart.
8. Angela Merkel.
Was appointed as the Chancellor of Germany in 2005 and she happens to be the first female chancellor presiding over the most powerful European economy. “Nobody in Europe will be abandoned. Nobody in Europe will be excluded. Europe only succeeds if we work together.” – Angela Merkel
9. Margaret Thatcher.
was loved and hated equally for some of her controversial policies but she never gave up. She was known as the ‘Iron lady’ for her uncompromising politics and leadership style. From being a grocer’s daughter to graduating from Oxford University to becoming a bannister, she went on to becoming Britain’s first and to date, only female Prime Minister elected in 1979 and the country’s fifth longest serving leader.
“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” – Margaret Thatcher
10. J.K. Rowling
Breaking through the trap of poverty until she finished writing her first book for the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has now sold 400 million copies worldwide. She went on from living on state benefits in the UK to becoming a multi-millionaire after her book’s success in a matter of five years. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K Rowling
11. Katherine Hepburn.
Was known for playing strong-willed women in her film roles. She won four academy awards for Best actress, the most an actress has ever won. Her unconventional non-conformist, masculine style choices made wearing trousers acceptable to women, which was largely considered a taboo at that time. “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn.
12. Queen Elizabeth.
has ruled over the United Kingdom for 60 years now and has presided over the country through some of the most turbulent times. “I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.” – Queen Elizabeth II
13. Rosa Parks.
Also know as “the first lady of civil rights“, the African-American Rosa Parks was a pioneer of civil rights in a racially segregated Alabama in 1950s. In 1955, she refused to give away her seat to a white passenger in a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, thereby, disobeying the bus driver’s orders. This act of hers sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott that crippled the state capital’s public transport system. “I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.” – Rosa Parks
14. Indira Gandhi.
Served India as the Prime Minister for 15 years. She paved the way for democracy in India until her assassination in 1984.
“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” – Indira Gandhi.
15. Isabel dos Santos
Is an Angolan investor considered by Forbes to be the richest woman not only in Angola, but the whole of Africa. According to research by Forbes, her 2016 net worth had reached more than $3.4billion, making her Africa’s first billionaire woman.