Since the very childhood I remember choosing women as my role models. Strong, bright, self-confident women who were not afraid to challenge the status quo, and who were strong enough to stand for their rights and views. Not only for their own rights, but also for the rights of others. As a rule of thumb, such women believed that equality of genders is crucial, and the gender of a child should not be the determining factor of ones future. Such women would excite my imagination and would awake the feeling of self-confidence, which sometimes would be forgotten, especially in difficult situations as we slowly start losing hope in ourselves.
March is Women’s History Month, plus the 8th of March is an International Women’s Day - a great time to celebrate strong, courageous women and a great time to remind ourselves how brave we can be. Sometimes all we need is just a little push, and we’re only a push away from moving the mountains. Let’s have a look at the 5 modern-day living female heroes who have had positive impact on the world as well as your own life by simply standing for their own rights, and by helping others.
18-year-old Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. At 11 years old, when Taliban told the community that girls could no longer go to school, she blogged her story for the BBC. When that wasn’t enough, she stood up in public and started giving public speeches about her as well as her peers’ right to education. Such behavior did not please Taliban which intended to shut people, and consequently Malala was shot by a gunman during her trip home from school. ”I am greater than my fear”, says Malala, sharing her story. “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”, she says, adding that that even one voice becomes powerful when everybody else is silent.
Queen Rania of Jordan
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan is the Queen consort of Jordan. She’s also an educator, public speaker and youth rights’ activist. Acknowledging the power and the need of education, Queen Rania has stated that an essential aspect of education is to equip young people with the necessary skills to perform well in the workplace. She supports INJAZ Al-Arab (which was established by Save the Children), and has launched a Jordanian non-profit organization.
In 2008 she launched the “Empowering One Million Arab Youth by 2018″ campaign at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In addition to that, Queen Rania has been particularly vocal about the importance of cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue to foster greater understanding and tolerance.
Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat, who was the second person to hold office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Born in the heavily racially segregated city, she achieved greatly in life. She rose above the crowd despite racial injustice and worked tirelessly to promote peace and democracy between nations.
Condoleeza daringly reshaped foreign policy by putting the needs of America over her own. She demonstrated strict disciplice, took initiative and changed the things profoundly.
Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, who is responsible for leading a women’s peace movement in Liberia that helped bring Second Liberian Civil War to an end. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. This made Liberia the first African nation to have a female president. In 2011 Leymah, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”.
I feel a little sad that people remember Audrey simply as “beautiful”, even though this talented actress has given the world a lot more than a majestic appearance in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Audrey Hepburn, the iconic beauty predominantly known for her acting and starring roles in a number of famous films has also been humanitarian. Audrey Hepburn was a daughter of a nazi sympathizer and spent her teens doing ballet to secretly raise money for the dutch resistance against the nazis. She also spent her post-film career as a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, winning her presidential medal of freedom for her efforts.
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Be your own hero.