Across generations, there have been women who were trailblazers and catalysts of change. Some of their stories may be familiar to us. But there are also little known tales and heroes who have left their own indelible marks in this world. Here are just some of the many inspiring women of all time.
Amelia Mary Earhart
Amelia Earhart was a renowned American aviator. Among her many lists of accomplishments, she is best known as the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. There is also a great mystery surrounding her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 as she was attempting to fly around the world.
Clarissa Harlowe Barton, best known as Clara Barton, was a nurse and educator. She was the founder of the American Red Cross. She served as a nurse in a hospital during the American Civil War.
Harriet Tubman was born as a slave. She was an American abolitionist who helped fleeing slaves by serving as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. She was not only responsible in helping slaves escape but also served as a spy and a nurse during the Civil War.
Born Margaret Louise Higgins, Margaret Sanger was an educator and reproductive rights activists. She paved the way for the founding of the Planned Parenthood movement and was responsible for popularizing birth control.
Marie Curie, born Maria Sklodowska, was a physicist. She was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize not just once. In 1903, she was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics. She was then awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1911. These prestigious and trailblazing awards were on top of the many accomplishments and recognitions she received throughout her life.
Rosa Parks was an activist. She became a symbol of the American Civil Rights and her subsequent arrest for refusing to give up her seat in a bus to a white passenger triggered a series of bus boycotts that became part of the movement on American civil rights.
“Whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I do make some people uncomfortable, which I’m well aware of, but that’s just part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history—empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves.” – Hillary Clinton
Women across the world have to deal with barriers every day. Many lack the opportunities that are more easily available and accessible to men. Existing biases and stereotypes continue to hold back women in all areas of life. And at the workplace, women have to work much harder to gain recognition or get promoted. While there are strategies to promote diversity in the workplace, a lot of work still needs to be done on tackling the fundamental issues that continue to undermine women. And if you are wondering what women have to deal with every day, here are just a few of them.
Girls should dress up in pink and play house.
Women are often seen to be fit for certain roles or jobs at the workplace like being secretaries or nurses instead of doctors.
They are also often seen as weaker than men.
The list is long and depressing. Because from the moment women are born they are already expected to think and behave according to societal norms.
Not getting the credit that is due to them
There have been a lot of instances when women have their ideas stolen from them and are being passed up for promotions. And the number of women in leadership roles is still dismally low.
A lot of women experience having a man condescendingly explain something that is within their area of expertise. No matter how knowledgeable, skilled, and successful a woman is she is still perceived as inferior to men.
Ever felt like no one cares for you? Ever felt like you are alone in this world?
I hope not – at least, not right now.
You see, we always have someone who cares about us. You also see, we always have someone who is beside us.
This kind of people – they are not just there to care about us, but also there to love us unconditionally. This kind of people – they are not just there beside us, but also there supporting us.
No matter what you’ve gone through, no matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’ll go through…always remember that we care about you and that we are there beside you.
And if you’re a woman, never let anyone tell you otherwise. You are beautiful, no matter what you’ve gone through. You are strong, no matter what you’re going through. You are both an even more, no matter what you’ll go through.
You are beautiful in your own way. You are strong in your own way. You are both and even more – and yes, no matter what other people might say. At the end of the day, it is not others who were there in your shoes. At the end of the day, it is not others who were there in your suffering.
Even more so, you are beautiful just like the bright stars under a clear night sky. No matter how long it takes for you to win in life, time will still come to help you shine in your own way. No matter how many it takes for you to lose in life, time will still come to help you in your own way.
And yes, just like the bright stars under a clear night sky.
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