International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. On the 40th anniversary of the initiation of the event, we want to pay gratitude to all the women who plays an important role in shaping our homes, our society, our country and the world.
Here are the quotes by some of the most powerful women who immensely impacted the society, to bring some change in thoughts and mindset.
A Pakistani activist for female education, Malala became the youngest Nobel laureate in the world, at the age of 17, in 2014. Her struggle began in the 2007 and in 2009, Malala was shot by a Taliban gunman who attempted to assassinate her for speaking up in favor of Women’s education. Malala recovered from her injury after battling with death, and stands strong today with her beliefs and faiths.
An American Socialist, Helen Keller was the first deaf & blind person in the world to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts. Apart from being a prolific author, Helen was also a member of the Socialist Party of America and campaigned for women’s suffrage and labor rights.
Ranked among the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world, Indra Nooyi is an India-born American business executive who is currently the CEO of PepsiCo. She contributed immensely towards the company, raising its net worth from $2.7 billion to $6.5 billion within a few years.
Nadia Elena Comăneci
A Romanian gymnast, Nadia created a world record as the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded the perfect score of 10.0 at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. She was just 14-year-old at that time. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world till date.
Known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, Lata Mangeshkar is a famous singer who has sung songs in over 36 Indian and foreign languages. She was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for recording 25,000 solo, duet, and chorus-backed songs in 20 Indian languages between 1948 and 1974.
A Jewish victim of the Holocaust during the Second World War, Anne Frank became posthumously famous after the publication of The Diary Of A Young Girl, which narrated her life between 1942 – 1944, when she died. One of the most popular autobiographies, Anne’s Diary has been translated in 60 languages till date.
A British actress, she was considered as the most iconic Hollywood actresses of the 20th Century. She became famous for her movies Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She’s one of the few people who has won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. In her later life, she became a social activist and became the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Wife of former US President Barack Obama, Michelle was the first lady in the States between 2009 to 2017. She worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Also a social activist, Michelle is a role model for women, and an advocate for poverty awareness.
Aung San Suu Kyi
A Burmese political activist for more than 3 decades, Aung San won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her non-violent struggle for democracy in Burma (Myanmar). She is the first woman to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, the Minister of the President’s Office, the Minister of Electric Power and Energy, and the Minister of Education in President Htin Kyaw’s Cabinet.
An American actress, and producer, her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago. She is the richest Afro-American in the world, and the greatest black philanthropist in American history.
She is one of the most popular women figures of all times, who devoted her life to serving God and the needy. Born in Macedonia, Mother Teresa lived most of her life in Ireland and then in India. She won the Nobel peace Prize in 1979 and was acclaimed by the church as a ‘Saint’ in 2016. Her Missionaries of Charity grew immensely since its inception and currently serves the “poorest of the poor” in 450 centers worldwide.
Happy Women’s Day, Ladies!