Strong women are those who build each other up and set examples for other women to follow. The following women are such inspiring personalities.
1. Emmeline Pankhurst
I would rather be a rebel than a slave.
Pankhurst’s slogan ‘Deeds, not words’ defined her life. At a time, when gender differences were wider than oceans, she fought for women’s vote, and her bravery and radicalism made sure society sat up and noticed.
2. Coco Chanel
A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.
In a time when women’s clothing was defined by restrictive corsets and full skirts, Chanel was a true liberator, allowing women to be fashionable while at the same time wearing comfortable clothes appropriate to the setting.
3. Marie Curie
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that?
The first woman to win not one, but two Nobel Prizes, Curie was born in Poland and could only obtain higher education in a secret, illegal night school. She did not let it stop her from becoming one of the most famous scientists in history.
4. Amelia Earhart
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
The first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart’s public career lasted less than a decade, but she used her fame to promote two causes dear to her: the advancement of commercial aviation and the advancement of women.
5. Kalpana Chawla
The path from dreams to success does exist.
The first Indian woman in space, Kalpana will always be remembered for her incredible journey from Karnal, where she was born, to NASA, where she fulfilled her dream of reaching the stars and became an inspiration for girls all over the country.
6. Angelina Jolie
I will do the best I can with this life, to be of use.
One of the most well-known actresses in the world, Jolie is one of the few celebrities, who don’t just support a cause with money. Instead, she actually goes out on humanitarian missions in highly volatile areas, trying to make an actual difference.
7. Mary Kom
Don’t give up as there is always a next time.
The only woman boxer to win a medal in each of the six World Championships, Mary, had to initially hide her boxing from her father as he did not approve of it. To make sure no other girl goes through that, she has started a training academy in her hometown.
All I want is education and I am afraid of no one.
The youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize, Malala did not even let a bullet silence her voice asking for a girl’s right to education under the brutal Taliban rule. The attack on her life caused Pakistan to create their first ever Right to Education Bill.
9. Ishita Malaviya
When I first started surfing I was the only girl out in the water
India’s first female surfer, Ishita is notable for challenging the traditional life expected of Indian women, even in this century, – of education, marriage, motherhood – and choosing an unconventional career of riding the waves.
10. Irom Chanu Sharmila
I am a simple person like others. I am not a saint.
The Iron Lady, who recently broke her 16-year long fast, the longest in the world, Irom started protesting after she witnessed the army kill innocents on a bus stand near her home. She now plans to enter politics and fight the system from within.
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