Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Women who inspired the world

Hello ladies! Happy International Women's day!
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first formal celebration of International Women's day in Europe in 1911. Today I would like to post about few influential women who I respect and adore...

1. Indira Gandhi

She was the first and the only female Prime Minister of India to date. She was also the only Indian Prime Minister to have declared an emergency in order to 'rule by decree'. She was assassinated in 1984 by hSikh bodyguards. She still remains the world's longest serving female Prime Minister as of 2011.

2. Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto was the first female prime minister of a Muslim country. She helped to move Pakistan from a dictatorship to democracy in 1977. She sought to implement social reforms, in particular helping women and the poor.

3.  Diana

Princess Diana combined the appeal of a Royal princess with her humanitarian charity work. Although her marriage to Prince Charles ended up in a divorce, her popularity remained undimmed as many were inspired by her natural sympathy with the poor and mistreated.

4. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was the first woman to own her own talk show. Her show and book club turned out to be highly influential and successful, mostly focusing on issues with American women.

5. Marie Curie

Marie Curie was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it for two separate categories. Her first award was for research into radioactivity (Physics) and her second Nobel prize was for Chemistry. A few years later she also helped develop the first X ray machines.

6. 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. She was listed by TIME magazine as one of the top 100 influential people of twentieth century.

7. Joan of Arc

The patron saint of France, Joan of Arc, lead the French in revolt against the occupation of the English. The national heroine of France, at the age of just 17, successfully led the French to victory at Orleans. Her later trial and martyrdom on false premises only heightened her mystique. 

8. J. K. Rowling 

J.K.Rowling is the author of the phenomenal best selling Harry Potter series. The volume of sales was so high and the series of movies were also one of the most popular movies of the world. She wrote the first book as a single mother, struggling to make ends meet, but is now one of most successful self-made woman. Forbes has named Rowling as the first person to become a U.S.-dollar billionaire by writing books.

9. Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi was the first woman to become Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. As an Indian social activist, she founded two NGOs in India-  Navjyoti for welfare and preventive policing in 1987 and the India Vision Foundation for prison reformation, drug abuse prevention and child welfare in 1994.