7 Most Inspiring Women Who Changed the World
In the past 100 years, the roles and rights of women have undergone incredible changes. However, one thing remains the same that is the outstanding deeds these women have done all over the world. Women are involved in every industry and their efforts and ideology shape the world as we know it. They have overcome all obstacles and resisted all the pressures of prosperity. We succumb to these inspirations that change the world and change the concept of humanity as a whole.
Inspirational role models can have a huge impact on your success. A good idol will give you strength in the darkest hour. The legacy of these women who changed the world will continue to be passed down from generation to generation.
Therefore, we must reflect on the women who have had a real impact on the world, who can become role models and superheroes for girls today and in the future.
After devoting herself to charity and humanitarian work, she is considered one of the most selfless and sacrificing people in history. Her efforts were renowned when she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. However, one of the most commendable things about Mother Teresa is that she did not do all the hard work to gain recognition. She just wanted to help others without letting her identity reveal to anyone. After almost 30 years of helping others, people came to know about her greatness.
How she inspires us: Mother Teresa taught us that that as long as we have our own ideas, no matter how big or small, we can do our best. She continues to express hope, peace and sympathy to the citizens of the world for decades to come.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, just feed one.” – Mother Teresa
2. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey achieved great astronomical success with the help of her compassion, love and care for other people. When her ability to maintain emotional contact with guests resonated with the American public, she became an interviewer and has since become stronger. In 2003, she became the first African-American woman to be named a billionaire, but Oprah’s true qualities lie when she shared her wealth with those who need it the most. She personally donated more than 300 million US dollars to charities.
How she inspires us: Oprah is the ultimate media tycoon-she is a talk show host, motivational speaker and philanthropist in many other industries. It tells us is that women can become successful entrepreneurs and no occupation is restricted for them.
“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.” – Michelle Obama
3. J.K. Rowling
From a single mother who makes a living on welfare to becoming a billionaire writer a few years later, J.K. Rowling has proved that you can achieve anything if you work hard for it. After repeated rejections by the publisher, she finally had a 1,000-volume print edition of the first book which we all have heard of – “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A few years later, the “Harry Potter” series sold more than 400 million copies, creating the entire film series, and making children’s go crazy about it till date.
How she inspires us: Rowling has brought the magic of reading to a new generation and now has the best-selling book series of all time. She taught us that the quality of ideas is important, and if you have that, you can create magic. In fact, Rowling completed the first draft on a manual typewriter.
“Anything’s possible if you have got enough nerve” – J.K. Rowling
4. Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jean Baker, also known as Marilyn Monroe, achieved great success with her beautiful appearance and extraordinary ability to understand the world. Despite Norma Jean’s blonde appearance and noble demeanor, she knew exactly what she was doing, and it was no accident and that’s how she became so famous. She doesn’t believe in men to be the leader of the spotlight; therefore, she engaged in various acting lessons improve herself. She wanted to change the perspective of the world in looking at men and women.
How she inspires us: She was the master of renovation. Monroe’s beauty and business knowledge combined make her unforgettable. What she taught us is you can dream of anything you want to achieve and if you really work hard for it, you will succeed.
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition” – Marilyn Monroe
Madonna is a pop music icon with a history of more than 30 years. She is known for breaking through in the entertainment industry which was not very much acceptable back then. She is the third child, out of six, who dreamt of being a ballet dancer. Before breaking into the top ten for the first time in 1984, she moved to New York with just $35. She was determined to do this for which she had to work hard and do few lousy jobs as well. At the age of 60, she continues to compose popular music and redefine gender roles in the new millennium.
How she inspires us: The Queen of Pop, Madonna, is the best-selling female artist of all time and is responsible for bringing fashion to the mainstream. What she taught us is you don’t have to follow the rules of society in order to fulfil your dream. You can start small, then only you will see a big picture ahead of you.
“I am tough, I am ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna
6. Malala Yousafzai
At the age of 12, she was a blogger for the BBC; at the age of 15, she survived the assassination of the Taliban. She became the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history, at the age of 17. Malala Yousafzai is a human rights defender advocating for education in her native Pakistan. Since then, she has become a well-known and popular philanthropist, providing an example of peace and empowerment for young people.
How she inspires us: After Yousafzai was rescued from the Taliban assassination; her enthusiasm for girls’ education was soaring. She taught us that age doesn’t define you. You can start as early you want. At the age of 20, she changed the world through language and work.
“I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.” – Malala Yousafzai
8. Michelle Obama
With her track record of taking practical steps to make social change, especially her goal of empowering women, Michelle Obama has become a role model for many. As a true modern revolutionary woman, she championed many important causes in her life. She advocated for better education, equal rights, a healthy life for girls, and provided more help to poor families. She also urged young people to continue their higher education and provided them with the tools to decide how best to choose their own path.
How she inspires us: Michelle Obama is the source of inspiration for girls around the world and encourages them to “spread their wings and fly.”
“It was one thing to get yourself out of a stuck place, I realized. It was another thing entirely to try and get the place itself unstuck” – Michelle Obama
There are many more inspiring women out there, who have brought a change in the society. So you can be one of them too, if you believe in yourself. No matter your age, size, or occupation, you can surely make a difference!
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