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Powerful Women of History

History is full of powerful women who have achieved incredible things and changed the course of history itself. Unfortunately, these incredible women are often overlooked due to the misogynistic tendencies of our society. However, without the incredible contribution of many women, we wouldn’t be at the point where we are today.

One of those women was Mother Teresa, a woman who needs no introduction. Working as an albanian nun, she saved many people stricken by poverty and became an international symbol of selflessness.

Simone de Beauvoir, a french philosopher, wrote “The Second Sex” which was a defining book for the feminist movement. Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a bus, indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. Marie Curie, a polish/french scientist, was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize and the first person to receive a Nobel Prize in two separate categories. Queen Elizabeth I, witnessed the defeat of the Spanish Armada leaving Britain to later become one of the world’s dominant superpowers during her reign. 

The list goes on and on. What is important for us is to celebrate the incredible achievements of women all around the world and most importantly to make sure that we can achieve true equality. Young girls should never feel like they cannot achieve something or do something based on their gender. They should have the same opportunities and chances as any man and they shouldn’t feel less than just because of their gender. Women are powerful, they have the power to do incredible things and men shouldn’t stand in the way of that. We should be supporting each other to achieve incredible things because only together can we truly ensure greater times.

It was Kofi Annan who said “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”

We must rid the world of gender inequality and promote a future where every person has the space to live their life without fear of persecution.

 

“When men are oppressed it’s a tragedy, when women are oppressed it’s a tradition.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin

 

We have to strive for a future where all the internal misogyny that has accumulated over centuries is shattered in everyone, because only then do we have the hope to achieve true gender equality.

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