Over the past few decades, the role and rights of women have drastically changed…for the better. However, one thing has stayed constant, the amazing number of inspiring women who have had a significant impact on the world we now live in. Without their contributions and positive presence, our world would definitely not be what it is today. Regardless of where they come from in the world, their age, or religion, countless incredible women were able to take their amazing abilities and make a great difference in the world Let’s take a closer look at the strong, icon, and inspirational women who have made history.
Back in 1955, African -American, Rosa Parks, was living in Alabama at the time when she challenged racial segregation in the USA. She was asked by a bus driver to give up her seat for a white man, howeev her shocking response took the public by complete surprise. Parks simply refused! Her brave boycotting manner sparked major outcry and was also a crucial moment within the civil rights movement. Rosa Parks was knowns as “The mother of the freedom movement”, and has been praised all over the world.
No list of inspirational women is ever complete without the wonderful Princess Diana. This is a type of woman who the world rarely comes across. Regardless of the fact that she was a leader, as the wife of Charles, Prince of Wales she was also seen as quite a rule breaker. Diana Spencer was internationally famous for her all of her amazing and comprehensive devotion to many different charities. Some of the many campaigns included humanitarian work for AIDS sufferers, raising awareness of leprosy, as well as working with the homeless, elderly, and drug addicts. When she passed away in 19997, she truly left a massive legacy behind.
Helen Keller was a young 2-year-old toddler when she contracted an unfamiliar illness which then affected both her hearing and sight. After Keller was left both blind and deaf, she had an inability to communicate. However, with the assistance of a young schoolgirl, Helen achieved the unexpected. She amazingly obtained herself a Bachelor Of Arts Degree, which made her the first deaf and blind person to accomplish such success. Keller then later became an author, lecturer, and political activist, showing people that no obstacle can ever get in the way of anyone trying to achieve their dreams.
The next incredible woman on our list is none other than Oprah Winfrey. No matter where in the world people are from, her name is very well known. Winfrey started her TV career during her later teenage years, she became the youngest person and first African-American woman to read the main news bulletin. Nowadays, she is a media icon as well as one of the most famous people in the world. Oprah has also contributed a lot of her time and energy into a variety of charity organizations, one of which is a school she recently established in South Africa, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. No questions asked she was one extraordinary woman!
In 1921, at the young age of 24, Amelia Earhart took up aviation. Just a few years after this she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She then continued to break many records, both in speed and flying, this then led her to fly international around the world, where she swiftly became the first person to fly from the Red Sea to India. Furthermore, Earhart worked as an aviation editor for Cosmopolitan magazine and published 2 books that were actually based on her personal aviation experience.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
New York Native, Ruth Bader was very much influenced by her mother from a young age. Her mom taught her the importance of life and the value of education. Later on in life, Ruth became an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, where she successfully fought for women’s rights and gender equality until she passed away in 2020. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered to be one of the biggest feminist icons and thus inspired millions of people all over the globe.
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani student was just 11 years old at the time that her anonymous diary was discovered. Her diary gave a lot of insight into what life what like under the rule of an extreme organization called, The Taliban. When her diary was found, she and her family were living in north-west Pakistan, Yousafzai wrote about her dream to further her education even though The Taliban’s plan was to ban girls’ education altogether. A large number of people from all over the world read her amazing diary and were completely astonished. It was from this moment that Malala won over many people’s support and admiration. At just 14 years old, she became the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is now world-famous and continues to fight for girls rights’.
39 years old, Serena Jameka Williams was born in 1981 in Florida, USA. Williams is a former No. 1 women’s singles, professional tennis player. To date, she has managed to achieve major success by winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles which is the most won by any player in history. Over her four decade long stay on the Women’s Tennis Association, Williams made a massive impact. Not only did she accomplish remarkable things for the sport but also for people around the world. However, tennis is not her only prerogative, but she also continues to leverage her career for social change and activism via several philanthropic organizations and women’s rights initiatives. Ultimately, Serena Williams is a huge, positive role model both on and off the court. She has also boldly been vocal about a handful of issues that are close to her heart, such as positive body image and racial equality.
Next on our inspirational women’s list is a classic story of “rags to riches”. Born, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, in France, Chanel and her family sadly led a very nomadic life as they didn’t have much money. Chanel’s mother passed away when Gabrielle ‘Coco’ was 11 years old, this put major strain on her father which is probably why he sent her to an orphanage that was operated by a convent. Here, she learned to sew which eventually led her to start her own business. Later on, Chanel came out with her world-famous perfume, Chanel №5. Coco Chanel’s business then soared into the major success it is today. Not only does her Coco fashion inspire so many young people and designers but so does her phenomenal story.
Canadian singer/ songwriter, Celine Dion has impacted the pop culture world for numerous decades. Her star power has also been used to help so many less fortunate and underprivileged people all around the world. Celine Dion is the youngest of 14 children and was raised in quite a poverty-stricken household. However, this never stopped her from wanting to pursue a career in singing. Dion was just 18 years old when she was winning awards for her groundbreaking music. Presently, she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, along with winning countless awards throughout her career- some of them include, 12 World Music Wards and 39 Felix Awards. Additionally, Celine is very much active in numerous charity organizations all across the globe. She is considered to be a massive model for loads of people worldwide.
Another world feminist icon that no one will ever forget. Marilyn Monroe was known as the blonde bombshell that men adored and all women wanted to be exactly like her. Monroe was able to successfully get past a difficult childhood, but it was only until the 1950s and 1960s that she rose to fame and ultimately became the world’s most famous goddess. Because of her powerful advocacy for women’s rights during a time where women hardly had any rights, her fame then increased even more. Even though Monroe passed away quite a number of years ago, she still continued to be a significant icon throughout the world.
American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and entrepreneur, Beyonce’ Knowles is not just a world-famous icon but has often been considered to be the ultimate definition of true perfection. At the moment, she has managed to sell over 100 million records and has also won 24 Grammy awards. Pretty impressive, right? However, Beyonce’ is probably considered to be the most influential pop star in the music industry. She has also totally epitomized a fierce, feminist personality even during her early singing days with R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. Tons of girls and young women throughout the world both look up to her as a role model but very much aspire to possess some of her incredible values. No doubt, Beyonce’ is a true mentor and leader. be Beyonce’ but many young girls look up to Beyonce as a true role model.
More often known as the First Lady and Barrack Obama’s wife. Nevertheless, Mrs. Obama has her own claim to fame. She is a Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate. This explains and she ultimately became a lawyer. Just like so many of the other inspirational women on our list, Michelle is involved in many charity organizations. But, currently, she is head of four primary initiatives, namely, Reach Higher, Let’s Move!, Joining Forces, and Let Girls Learn. Each of these campaigns is aimed at different causes, some include, educating young children on obesity, assisting girls to build healthier families, and advocating LGBT rights.
Britain’s first female and longest-serving Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher earned herself the title of “Iron Lady” for all of her powerful opinions, strong leadership, and harsh policies. Thatcher first began her political career at Oxford University, she then later made history for her huge achievement, in addition to coming into power during one of the most difficult and unsettling times the country has experienced. She was seen as one of the greatest political figures in history and without a doubt left her mark on British politics.
Valentina Tereshkova, a Soviet cosmonaut became the first woman to have ever soared into space in 1963. Tereshkova stayed in space for almost 3 days and also orbited Earth 48 times in her space capsule, Vostok 6. Following this remarkable achievement, she Tereshkova swiftly became a national and international inspiration, but especially for young girls and women. Tereshkova later earned a doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering, she then decided to focus her career as an instructor at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Still today, she remains to be the only woman to have ever been on a solo space mission.