There always has been a race, a race to get ahead. Until not very long ago, this race was dominated mostly by men. Men would be Presidents and Prime Ministers, men would be climbing the mountains, swimming the oceans and what not. But then a time came when things started to change. It was a change that was for the good of the fairer sex. It was the time for the mothers, daughters, and sisters to come together and with their skills such as motivational speaking, social reforms, scientific inventions and discoveries, to change the world. Following is a list of such Influential Women who with their actions became responsible for empowering women and putting them ahead of men. The list is a reminder that we all are equal only our actions make us great.
Marie Curie: One of the most famous women personalities who gave to the world an invention that the whole world will thank her for, Marie Skłodowska Curie, better known as Marie Curie, was a Polish physicist who won two Nobel Prizes. She got her first Nobel Prize in 1903, and the second in 1911. When she got her first Nobel Prize she became the First Woman ever to achieve a Noble Prize. During her lifetime, she gave Polonium and Radium to this world. Also, the Theory of Radioactivity was propounded by Marie Curie. Thanks to her discoveries and her theory, many lives are saved daily from deadly diseases like Cancer. She is best known for the invention of the X-Ray machine.
Sirimavo Bandaranaike: In an age where the political scenario was dominated throughout the world by men in every position from a minister to Head of State, Srimavo Bandaranaike became the First Woman Prime Minister from Sri Lanka. This later paved the way for other women to ascend in the political arena. The next to follow in her footsteps was the Late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and Late Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher. Srimavo Bandaranaike served three terms at the helm of affairs 1960-65,1970-77, and 1994-2000.
Mother Teresa: With evil spread all around, and children crying for mercy God sent an angel between us. Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun and saint from Kolkata. She was born in Northern Macedonia but moved to Ireland and then to India when she was just 18 years old. It was in India that she carried on doing her work serving humanity. In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity which runs dispensaries, kitchens, mobile clinics for those who cannot afford to pay for them. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her service to mankind. She died on Sep 5 1997 aged 87, and became a saint on Sep 4 2016.
Florence Nightingale: Florence Nightingale was named after the city she was born in. She came to light during the Crimean War where she was manager and trainer of nurses. She was responsible for the care of wounded soldiers at Constantinople. Nursing got a reputation due to her services. She was also known as the ‘Lady With The Lamp’ as she used to visit the wounded soldiers at night time even.
Ada Lovelace: Perhaps you would not have been reading this article had it not been for Lady Ada. Lady Ada was the first programmer the computer world received. She is known to have presented her theories on the Analytical Engine of Charles Babbage.
Rani Laxmibai: The Queen of Jhansi (in India), born Manikanika in 1842 led the First War of Independence against the British Rule in India in 1857 when she was just 15 years as Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. It was this war that ignited the spirit of Independence in the Indians who were at that time tortured by the British. The British termed the Revolt as an act of aggression and oppressed it by use of superior force. However, the fight for freedom had started.
Rosalind Franklin: A chemist and X-Ray crystallographer by profession, Rosalind Franklin was known for her understanding of the DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. She is best known for her work on X-Ray diffraction images of DNA.
Elizabeth Fry: Known by the name ‘Angel of Prisons’, Elizabeth was a social reformer who helped to change many ways the prisoners were treated. She even earned a place on a £5 Bank of England note. She got a lot of support from Queen Victoria in her efforts to make life a bit easy for the prisoners.
Shakuntla Devi: An Indian Mathematician, Shakuntla Devi earned the name of a “Human Computer” due to her ability to memorize big numbers and make huge calculations orally. She earned a place in the Guiness Book of World Records in 1982 due to her talent.
Zora Neale Hurston: She was an American author, anthropologist and filmmaker who strove to bring racial struggles to the fore through her works in the early 1900s. She was a pioneer in writing about the black in the South.