We as women have come a long way today, enjoying liberties and rights most of our predecessors could only dream of. Hence, on International Women’s Day I would like to dedicate a post to mention the contributions of a few Women heroes from history across the world. Please note that the actual list is inexhaustible, since innumerable girls had to make many sacrifices so that our lives could be easier. Many are remembered today as pioneers and many have been lost in the pages of history. The enumeration has no particular order and my only intention is to give a flavor of the determination women have shown throughout history not only for our benefit, but also for the society. It is not possible to name everyone here because of limited space and knowledge, please forgive me if you think I have failed to mention someone important. Also, I wish to list some names which are not commonly heard of, so don’t be surprised if some popular names are not listed. Furthermore, bear with me if there are factual inaccuracies as I have sourced all information from the internet. Also, feel free to comment and increase our insight 🙂
It is largely because of the courage to believe in themselves and push their abilities beyond barriers, many women have made history and left a mark in our hearts and minds. So, before I begin, I would first like to stress on how important it is to have self-esteem. It is our duty to carry on from where they have left to further enhance the lives of young girls so that they may lead the future. So giving up is definitely not an option for us. There are many random stories flying on the internet that studies claim ‘women with natural hair’ or ‘hormonal cycle’ and ‘the endless so on’, are the reasons that women “naturally” have comparatively lower self-esteem. Please DO NOT believe them! It is by such means some elements of our society spread lies to lower our self-esteem and make us feel inferior.
If you believe in mythology, do a search and learn about the roles women have played. Or if you don’t, take inspiration from the successful women around you at your workplace or community or history or across the world. They are there where they are, only because they refused to be tied down. They are the proof that nature has no bearing on the person we choose to be. Nature may make our lives difficult, but these barriers (Helen Keller – as one such example) have been successfully overcome with their self-esteem, dedication and hard-work. They choose to flight their fear and hammer their difficulties, which is what sets them apart. So, if you ever feel low or if you feel that the world is against you, surround yourself with your well-wishers to overcome the momentary low, keep trying and believe that no task is impossible (because it never is!). J.K. Rowling, as a single struggling mother had to face 12 rejections before she could find a publisher for the first book of Harry Potter series for a pay of $4,000. The rest is history and the franchise is worth billions now. The moral is if you can’t estimate your own worth, how can other’s do it for you? So, just keep trying and success with kiss your feet! 🙂
Finally, I am now listing a few notable women from across the world:
Tamar of Georgia: Tamar was proclaimed heir by her father George III. She faced significant opposition from the aristocracy upon her ascension to the throne after her father’s death. She even foiled attempts of coup by her first husband. He rule was considered a golden age because of her political, military and cultural achievements.
Queen Boran: Not much is known about her; she was the first women on throne for Sasanian Empire and ruled briefly for about a year in 629 AD, before being suffocated to death. She is known for her attempt to bring stability to her empire by implementation of justice, reconstruction of infrastructure, lowering of taxes and minting coins.
Savitribai Jyotirao Phule: She , along with her husband founded the first school dedicated to women in India in 1948. She operated a care center called “Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha” (Infanticide prohibition house) to stand up against the discrimination women faced after being widowed (some even before hitting puberty because of child marriage) and those who were victims of sexual exploitation. She also worked to abolish discrimination based on caste and gender.
Kadambini Ganguly: She was the first women to pass University of Calcutta entrance examination and one of the first women graduates in India. She was first encouraged by her father, then by her husband. Later, she went on to become India’s first female physician. When she began her medical education she was married and had 5 children to take care of from her husband’s previous marriage. She was also prominent to espouse for women reforms and emancipation.
Qiu Jin: She was a Chinese writer and poet; she received excellent education as a young woman belonging to privileged family. She longed to serve her country and was a vocal supporter of women’s rights. She founded her own journal “Zhongguo nubao” (Chinese Women’s Journal). She was also well known for helping the poor and weak. She was beheaded at the age of just 31 for for her role in a scheduled uprising in Anquing.
Masako Katsura: She was the first women to compete for any world billiard title, hence, is often called “First Lady of Billiards”. She was introduced to the game by her brother-in-law.
Belinda: She is famously recognized for her 1783 petition in Massachusetts General Court for a pension from the estate of her former master. She was kidnapped from her village in Ghana and enslaved for about 50 years. She is one of the many petitioners who requested emancipation from bondage or financial compensation for their time spent in slavery, thus leading to the foundation of seeking reparations for the sufferings.
Abigail Adams: No doubt she was popular as the second First Lady being the wife of John Adams, however, this was definitely the least significant reason she was known for. She was notable for her intellectual discussions on government and politics, and John frequently sought her advice. She advocated for women’s right based on the difficulties she faced as an 18th century woman and believed that slavery was an evil to American democratic experiment.
Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas: She is often regarded as the “The Mother of Africa” for being an advocate of women’s rights in Nigeria. She pioneered the creation of Women’s International Democratic Fedeation and other movements that promoted women’s right to education, employment and political participation. She campaigned against imposition of taxes on women and price control. She was thrown from a third floor window and died as a result of the injuries.
Miriam Makeba: She is famous as the first artist to popularize African music around the world, apart from being a civil rights activist. She campaigned against the South African system of apartheid.
I would like to conclude by thanking all the fathers, mothers, husbands, peers, and other feminists who have campaigned for and continue to support the rights and equality of women in all walks of life. I would like to wish my counterparts all over the world Happy Women’s Day and Happy Women’s History Month! Please don’t shy away from extending your support for justice and equality, whenever and wherever possible. Due to the sacrifices of our predecessors we have reached this far; thus, I feel proud to be a women, for belonging among such dauntless role models. We must now return the favor by supporting the aspirations of our young ones and making world a safe place for them.
P.S.: A special note of thanks to all my adorable darlings who stand by me whenever I feel low and give me the courage to keep going. Love you gals a lot! 🙂 XOXOXO ❤ ❤