Inspirational Women

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The Huffington Post has published a list of Inspirational Women. I’m a big, big, fan of women and I honestly believe that more women in the workplace would be a great thing, but probably just as importantly more women in the top jobs too.

Tina Fey:  HuffPost UK Comedy Editor Andrea Mann picks the brilliant Tina Fey, adding: “She’s proof that women are just as funny and smart – and can be just as powerful – as men.”

Maya Angelou:  One of my favorites, read her biography; she really is amazing!
Hillary Clinton:  I don’t need to say any more really.  HC is the first name to come to mind when thinking about inspirational women. It’s got nothing to do with her politics but her courage in the face of great scrutiny, whether that be her marriage, her looks, her policies or political competition. She is just an inspiration to to both women and men alike.
Maryam al Khawaja:  At just 26 years old, she has been the face of the Bahrain democracy movement in exile, working tirelessly in public and private to bring media attention to her cause, while her father and sister are imprisoned on trumped-up charges.

Pussy Riot:  Pussy Riot, not just the 3 members who were put on trial last year and imprisoned (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich) — but all of them. They are young, determined and are a demonstration of courage (although I doubt you would say fearless).

The above are taken from HuffPost listing but I also add:
Golda Meir
My #1 choice actually.  She was one of the first leaders of the fledgling state of Israel negotiating with the Soviets and the darling of New York. Strong willed and inspirational.
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Others from History
Boudicca
Leader of 1st Century Britons. She led several tribes in revolt against the Roman occupation. Initially successful her army of 100,000 sacked Colchester and then London. Her army was later defeated.
Eleanor of Aquitaine
The first Queen of France. Two of her sons Richard and John went on to become Kings of England. Educated, beautiful and highly articulate, Eleanor influenced the politics of western Europe through her alliances and influence over her sons.
Margret Fuller
American women’s rights advocate. Her book Women in the Nineteenth Century (1845) was influential in changing perceptions about men and women, and was one of the most important early feminist works. She argued for equality and women being more self-dependent and less dependent on men.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
A life long anti slavery campaigner. Her novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was a best seller and helped to popularize the anti slavery campaign. Abraham Lincoln remarked her books were a major factor behind the American civil war.
Emily Pankhurst
A British suffragette, dedicated her life to the promotion of women’s rights. She explored all avenues of protest including violence, public demonstrations and hunger strikes.
Helena Rubinstein
Founder one of the world’s first cosmetic companies. Her business enterprise proved immensely successful and later in life she used her enormous wealth to support charitable enterprises in the field of education, art and health.
Helen Keller
At the age of 19 months Helen became deaf and blind. Overcoming the frustration of losing both sight and hearing she campaigned tirelessly on behalf of deaf and blind people.
Coco Chanel
One of the most innovative fashion designers, Coco Chanel was instrumental in defining feminine style and dress during the 20th Century. Her ideas were revolutionary; in particular she often took traditionally male clothes and redesigned them for the benefit of women.
Rosa Parks
An absolute must on any such list like this!  Her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movements.
Wangari Maathai
Kenyan born environmentalist, pro-democracy activist and women’s rights campaigner. Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to prevent conflict through protection of scarce resources.
Tegla Laroupe
She held the women’s marathon world record and won many prestigious marathons. Since retiring from running, she has devoted herself to various initiatives promoting peace, education and women’s rights. In her native Kenya, her Peace Race and Peace Foundation have been widely praised for helping to end tribal conflict.
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One thought on “Inspirational Women

    igniteyourlifeblog said:
    September 9, 2013 at 15:53

    Here’s another story of a woman we admire-almost 90 years old and still living a passionate strong and meaningful life!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sQBfHNt0aA Thanks for spreading inspiration!!

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