Women all over the world are breaking barriers and they are competing with their male counterparts in all the fields from business to politics. Surely, it needs a lot of willpower and inspiration to assert oneself. But there have been great women who have dominated society and made their mark in history. These are the women that are icons of hope and ambition today. Check out their stories and their experiences. One can learn a lot from their example.
10- Amelia Earhart
She was the first woman aviator to fly across the Atlantic. That is no small achievement given that it was the start of the twentieth century. She set a world record at 18,415 feet of altitude. She joined Ninety-Nines’ which was an organization of female pilots whose purpose was to promote the involvement of women in aviation. She later on set out on a journey to circumnavigate the world, but disappeared never to be found again. Her final journey is still a source of curiosity but her life is a source of motivation.
9- Elizabeth Taylor
ElizabethTaylor has been the single most praised actress of the twentieth century. She went through all the difficulties of a male dominant society, and she remained headstrong even when the critics were bent on demoting her name from the show business. Elizabeth Taylor is indeed a source of inspiration for women who wish to a part of the show business someday. That is the primary reason she is one of the women that are icons of hope and ambition today.
8- Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel was an incredible woman who entered the male-dominated fashion industry, and soon became the biggest female designer. Her clothes brought the female body to incredible glory, but they all had a purpose: to make the woman strong and to put her on the same ground as men. She challenged the feminine ideals set by the men in the industry and she overcame the restrictive corsets era. Indeed, her dresses are still celebrated to be some of the boldest decisions ever made by designers in the fashion industry.
7- Marie Curie
Women have outsmarted men in all fields of science frequently, but the most notable is the example of Marie Curie. She is the true symbol of hope and ambition in the entire woman folk. Her research and discoveries in the field of radiations won her the Nobel Prize! It is her research which leads to the invention of X-rays and other tools in body scanning. Along with all that, she battled gender discrimination for her entire life. Marie Curie is certainly a woman that everyone must look up to.
6- Edith Cavell
She is a figure like none other. Cavell only served to humanity and it was for this reason she was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Edith Cavell was a nurse who treated soldiers from both sides in the First World War. She smuggled soldiers from Belgium. She never discriminated on the basis of sides and she treated anyone who needed her. Patriotism was not enough for her and she decided not to show bitterness and hatred towards no one.
5- Elizabeth I
She was the daughter of one of the most powerful Kings of England, Henry VIII. She may have been of short height, but she became one of the longest serving monarchs in the history of England. In her 44 years as queen, she restores stability in the Church and in England. More importantly she never got married in her life and therefore known as Virgin Queen. Elizabeth I is indeed a source of inspiration for many women today.
4- Malala Yousafzai
She is little more than a young girl, but Malala has proved herself to be a force to be reckoned with. She spoke out for education for girls and was later shot three times. But Malala survived all that to become a stateswoman. Not only that, despite her incredibly young age, Malala has become one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She also became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize.
3- Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa is one of the women that are icons of hope and ambition today because she struggled to serve the needy and the poor. She did this through her own order “The Missionaries of Charity”. She led this charity and she worked tirelessly for her entire life. During that time, she personally fought against malaria, pneumonia and two heart attacks but none of them was enough to impede her or stop her from her struggle. Mother Teresa died in September 1997, but her contributions to humanity have made her name eternal.
2- Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks may not be as significant as some of the names here, but she certainly fought for principle and she did things that were unthinkable in that time. She became a figurehead of African-American rights overnight when she refused to give up her seat in the bus for a white passenger. This event led to a city-wide boycott which lasted 381 days. Her fearlessness made her the First Lady of Civil Rights. Her valiant act is remembered after half a century.
1- Valentina Tereshkova
She was a textile worker in Soviet Union, but that did not stop her from becoming the first woman in space in 1963. She orbited the Earth forty-eight times and she broke the record for longest flight time. All that at an age of 26 years, she did something that no one could have anticipated or expected from her. That is what made Tereshkova a great woman and a source of motivation for many.
History is full of men who performed great deeds. Women, though far fewer have still done amazing deeds. They have set records, made scientific discoveries, defied odds and they have set standards for the entire world to follow. One can find inspiration from the stories and the experiences of the women that are icons of hope and ambition today. These women have made their names immortal and they will be remembered for centuries in time.