When we think of an inspirational woman, you think of someone who is strong, someone who has left their mark. Ladies such as Oprah Winfrey, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, all come to mind when you think of women who have made a difference in the world somehow.
They are the reason the world goes round. Without women, many things wouldn’t be accomplished. Women have been changing the world since the beginning of time.
So many influential women have accomplished so much and put so much on the line to do so. These women deserve to continue being recognized, so here are some memorable women who are apart of history:
Yousafzai is a young Pakistani activist who was shot at 15 years old by the Taliban, as her and her friends made their way home from school on the morning of October 9th, 2012. Now 23, she has grown and turned the encounter into something inspirational.
She spoke out about her experiences and how she survived that awful attack. She went on to become the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 for her struggle against the suppression of children and for the right of all children to education.
She fought for young girls all around the world to get a good education and be protected so that nothing like what happened to her, happens to another little girl.
Harriet was an escaped slave who is most famously known for becoming an abolitionist and leading hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the underground railroad between the years 1850 and 1860.
She has made one of the biggest impacts in history simply because of her bravery. What she did, others would be scared to do, she put herself at risk for the sake of others and because of this it help start a movement towards getting rid of slavery.
“Unfortunately, too many people take for granted the sacrifices of so many for the greater good of all,” said social studies teacher Mr. Long. “Some of these women chanced imprisonment for voting or for standing up for equal rights, but the women like Harriet Tubman or Malala Yousafzai who put their lives in danger every day for what they believed in who should get the highest level of respect.”
Princess Diana (Diana Spencer)
Diana was a member of the Royal Family, as she was married to Prince Charles. Her life came to a tragic end in 1997, but during the time she was alive she made quite the impact due to her caring nature.
She wanted to help others, she is remembered for being a mother, a spokesperson for multiple causes including the AIDS virus, and helping third-world countries. Everyone loved her.
“I think what made her [Princess Diana] so appealing to so many people, was she did not have a typical snootiness of other royals,” social studies teacher Mr. Mohrbacher. “There was a good reason she was known as the “People’s Princess”. She did not come from a wealthy family and was seen as someone who could relate to the common man.”
Johnson was one of the first African American women to work for NASA and later went on to learn how to use geometry for space travel. In 1969, she figured out a path for spacecraft to orbit the Earth and land on the moon.
Without Johnson’s solution, NASA wouldn’t have been able to accomplish such a monumental development. She helped make it possible for astronaut John Glenn to become the first American to go around the Earth.
Angelou was a civil rights activist, poet, dancer, actor, award-winning author, and Hollywood’s first black female director. She spoke about all the emotions one can feel but may not know how to voice.
She has inspired so many people with her work and her story in a way that is meaningful, especially to minorities.
The depth and meaning behind her words is what makes her so legendary and will continue to live on for generations to come.
“Maya’s perseverance and resilience are an example to everyone that it doesn’t matter what happens to you, what matters is how you move forward after it,” said social studies teacher Ms. Murillo.
Although only a handful of very motivating women were listed, that doesn’t even cover a percentage of it. There are strong women all over the world.
They may not be making an impact by being a world renowned scientist or political activist but they are inspiring just by the simple things they do.
A mother who just takes care of a child is inspiring. A woman who goes after her dream job is inspiring. If it’s an achievement to them then it’s big and therefore can inspire others because that strong woman who completed that goal made it look easy.
Happy Women’s History Month