International Women's Day is celebrated to felicitate women and their achievements.
The first international Women’s day was celebrated in 1908 when a group of 15,000 women marched on the streets of New York, demanding their rights. Since then on 8th March every year, the world joins hands together to support, raise, inspire and motivate women across all fields of work.
This year's theme 'Be Bold For Change' encourages women to be bolder, stronger and more powerful in all spheres of life.
Here's a list of 5 famous women that should inspire us to celebrate women and their achievements.
Social activist, writer, editor, and lecturer Gloria Steinem has been an outspoken champion of women's rights since the late 1960s.
She travels to various countries organising talks and lecturing on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organising across boundaries for peace and justice.
Steinem helped found the Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information centre that specialised in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro-equality women in elected and appointed office at a national and state level.
Some of steinem's quotes are;
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle."
"Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself."
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As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She is an inspiration not only for girls but for everyone who has human values and knows the importance of education.
She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Some of Yousafzai quote
"One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world."
"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."
"Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality."
The first female prime minister of Britain and the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher was a controversial figurehead of conservative ideology during her time in office.
Some of Thatcher's quotes are,
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman."
"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."
A sportswoman who has made India proud with her glorious achievements, Mary Kom is a boxer—the only Indian woman boxer who managed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics where she also won a Bronze Medal.
She is best known for being a five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion, a feat that definitely makes her one of the best ever women boxers world has ever produced.
She is the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal in the Asian Games.
Indra Nooyi is an Indian-born American business executive currently serving as the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, one of the largest food and beverage businesses in the world. Nooyi is one of the top female executives in the United States and is consistently ranked among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
She was named 2009 CEO of the Year by Global Supply Chain Leaders Group.
Happy international women's day to all women round the world.