Every year on the 8th of March is International Women’s Day. In the World we live in today women are increasingly being empowered to do bigger and better things day by day. Long gone are the days when a woman was restricted to the kitchen. Now strong and empowered women are taking over public spaces in means and ways which in yesteryear would have been scandalous.
Women can now do just about everything. They are legally equal in most societies barring such outliers as Saudi Arabia. They are well positioned to take leading roles in multinationals and are leading in politics with such strong women as the Queen, Theresa May and Angela Merkel to name a few.
However it was a hard fought struggle to get here. Here is a list of 10 over the top women who changed the world we live in.
During World War Two this heroic Polish nurse saved the lives of thousands of Jews in the Jewish ghetto of wartime Warsaw. Up to twenty five hundred lives were saved thanks to her bravery in the face of Nazi tyranny.
The teenage Pakistani education activist literally took a bullet for the right of girls to get education in Pakistan.
Pakistani Taliban militants were outraged by her strong stand against them and her advocacy for education all the while living in highly conservative northern Pakistan. The world has since recognized her services to education and she has become an icon for women the world over. She is also the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Who said girls could not be good at science? Marie Curie won the Nobel prize not once but twice and to this day remains not only the only woman to have done so but she did it in two different sciences. She is most well known of course for her work on radioactivity.
Kickass Armenian woman
This Aremenian woman was over a 100 back in 1990 but was still up in arms ready to die for what was hers.
The firefighters who served during the Pearl Harbour Attack
World War Two is often thought of a as a war fought by men but the women were not too far behind.
This is a slap in the face to all those who think coding is just for boys. Many do not know this but Margaret Heafield served as director of software for the Apollo space program which put the first man on the moon.
Muslim woman protecting a Jewish woman from harassment in the street. By hiding the Nazi ordered under her veil.
Who said Muslims and Jews could not work together to fight tyranny. This picture is living proof that people can fight biases and stand up for humanity.
Black woman during the civil rights movement
During the height of the civil rights movement many black activist were locked up but that did not break their will and they continued in their struggle regardless.
This woman was just one of many who were locked up but they showed the world that their spirit could not be broken by injustice and oppression.
These are just some of the women who helped to make the world a more equal place for all of us to live in.
In the Age of Donald Trump and rampant misogyny we must all stand up for what is right and not let the hard fought freedoms of women be taken away by insecure, patriarchal men. In honor of International Women’s Day we must all reaffirm our commitment to protect the hard fought freedoms of women the world over.