Today, on International Women’s Day, let’s together celebrate the achievements and success of some women leaders who have not only inspired the world with their unique acts but have also brought a positive change in the society.
After reading about these legendary women, you’ll realize that if you want to contribute and bring a change to the society, you don’t need to be in a specific field, community, or environment. All you need is the passion and commitment to give back to society and bring a positive change.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner (1979), Mother Teresa, spent her entire life tirelessly working towards her goal to bring a change to society. She had a simple philosophy, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one”. She dedicated her entire life to charity and humanitarian work and is regarded as one of the most selfless people on the earth.
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back”.
Diana was a well-loved ‘people’s princess’ who used her celebrity status to help as many people as possible. She devoted her entire life to charity work and philanthropy. From working with AIDS patients to supporting the homeless to a campaign to ban landmines, whatever Diana did was truly inspirational. These famous words of Diana sum up her entire life – “Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can”.
“When I started boxing, people laughed at me and said, ‘What can women do in boxing?’ I took it as a challenge. If men can do it, why can’t women? And I became a world champion before my marriage”.
Indian boxer, Mary Kom, is another inspiring legend who is a multiple record holder. She has won the Olympic Bronze Medal for India, the Gold for National Women’s Boxing India, Gold in Asian women’s Championship, and about 20 other medals including five World Championship titles. A mother of two beautiful sons, Mary Kom never mixed her professional and personal life. Her life has been a true inspiration and teaches all other women that being a mother doesn’t stop them from achieving their dreams.
“Never criticize anything too strongly that you yourself face trouble in accepting it in times of “No Options”.
Neerja Bhanot was an Indian model and purser for the airline Pan American World Airways. She was shot and killed while saving the passengers on Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by terrorists at Karachi airport in Pakistan on September 05, 1986. Bhanot is the youngest and the first woman recipient of the Ashoka Chakra Award – India’s highest gallantry award for bravery. If you’d like to learn more about Neerja Bhanot, check out this biopic that’s inspired by her life.
“The real flight of this hawk is impending, right now this bird is yet to be tested. Though I have leaped the seas, the entire sky is remaining”.
At the age of 26, she is the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. By climbing the Everest with only one leg, Arunima proved that if you have the passion and determination to achieve something, nothing can’t stop you. She has etched her name in history for her brave achievement, despite all odds. No wonder she was honored with the Padma Shri award in January 2015, which is the fourth highest civilian award in India.
India’s missile woman Tessy Thomas is popularly known as the Agni Putri after she became the first women to lead a missile operation in the country. In January 2012, India’s then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was quoted as saying “Tessy is an example of a woman making her mark in a traditionally male bastion and decisively breaking the glass ceiling”.
We are hopeful that the life and story of the above women achievers will inspire you to pursue your passion and dreams and to stand up for what you believe in.
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