The International Women’s day was just celebrated all across the world on March 8th. This celebrates strong women and everything that they stand for. It is also a tribute for all those strong women from history because of whom the world we live in today is completely different. Throughout the course of history, many women have stood up to traditional beliefs, unjust limitations and raised voice against society and its oppressor’s. Brave women exist even today who are making a difference in the world every single day to make it a better place for their daughters.
Here are some badass heroes and queens whose spirit and strength still awes us and inspires us.
Irena Sendler was a Polish nurse, humanitarian and social worker and the head of was head of the children’s section of Żegota, the Polish Council to Aid Jews. Along with other members of the Aid, she smuggled around 2500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto. She provided them with fake identities and necessary paperwork to save them from the Holocaust.
Malala is a Pakistan activist for human rights and particularly for female education. She was shot in the head by terrorists in her hometown Swat to silence her. That did not stop Malala from raising her voice, however, and as a result and recognition of her efforts she became the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate. Malala, 20, is a student at Oxford University currently and hopes to return to Pakistan one day to work for female education and empowerment.
Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who pioneered research in radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first women ever to become a professor at University of Paris.
She is a central figure in Yemen’s struggle against child and forced marriages. She was 9 when she was married off by her parents to a man in his thirties. Regularly beaten by her in-laws and raped by her husband she fled and went to a court to ask for divorce.
At only ten years of age she broke the tribal tradition by obtaining a divorce. In November 2008, the U.S. women’s magazine Glamour designated Nujood Ali and her lawyer Shada Nasser as Women of the Year.
She is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was a Director of Software Engineering responsible for the software for the Apollo Space program.
“Muslim woman uses her veil to cover the yellow star of her Jewish neighbor to protect her from prosecution.”
“Women fire fighters, Pearl Harbor, 7th Dec 1941.”
“Onna bugeisha (女武芸者) were female warriors belonging to the Japanese nobility during Japan’s feudal period. A number of women engaged in battle, commonly alongside samurai men.”