Today is not only “International Womens Day” but the CENTENARY (1911-2011) of International Womens day. So to celebrate, I would like to say I am PROUD to be a woman and hope my female readers and friends will join in the celebration and share some tales of inspiring women from around the world!
I have so many close girl friends who inspire me every day that I could write a never ending list. Girls who never lose hope, girls with endless encouragement, loyalty and love. Girls bursting with ambition and motivation…and girls who are not afraid to share all of this with others. You all amaze and inspire me in your own ways and I hope you keep doing your thang!
For the moment let me share with you 3 amazing women from around the world. 🙂
Up until a few days ago if you had asked me who “Waris Dirie” was I would have been clueless. However after watching “Desert Flower”, a recent release movie based on the book of the same name, about Waris’ life from being a Somali shepherd girl to one of the worlds top models, I couldn’t help but feel equally devastated and inspired by her touching story. Enduring genital mutilation(FGM) at the young age of 3, escaping an arranged marriage at age 13 and fleeing to London where she worked as a maid and later for Mcdonalds.
She was discovered by chance by fashion photographer Terence Donovan and went on to become one of the worlds top models walking alongside Iman and Naomi Campbell. She later became a UN ambassador for the abolition of FGM. To be able to go through so much pain and so much hardship yet come through it all with her head held high is in my opinion, truly inspiring.
Any idea who this is? Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the first and currently only elected female head of state in the whole continent of Africa. That in itself is a HUGE achievement. She has had to challenge many of the past male leaders of Liberia to gain this position, fighting exile, gender inequality and imprisonment.
When she finally took the seat as President, Liberias Civil War had left the country in ruins. With nearly 10% of the population killed, and an estimated 75% of women raped, she had a lot to deal with. In the 6 years since been elected school enrollment has risen by 40% (with females making up the majority!) and women have been recruited to high level jobs all over the country. Only time will tell how much she is able to heal this wounded nation.
J K Rowling
If you don’t know who J K Rowling is….scrap that EVERYONE knows who she is. Author extraordinaire, famed for her series of children’s books (which have sold over 400 million copies worldwide!) about ever lovable Harry Potter and his wizard friends. But despite her extraordinary story telling skills it is how she got to where she is today and how the Harry Potter books have touched a generation that inspires me, and women all over the world.
She rebelled against the path her parents had set down for her. As a single and struggling mom, she actually thought up the idea behind the Harry Potter series while riding on trains around Scotland and sitting in quiet cafes as her baby slept. In addition, according to The Gaurdian 67% of teachers in Britain say her books have turned non-readers into readers while 84% say they have helped improve child literacy. On top of all this J K Rowling has also spoken out for single mothers, set up children’s charities and donated £10m to set up an multiple sclerosis centre in her mother’s name. A true inspiration.
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
~ Ella Fitzgerald ~
“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.”
~Anne Frank ~
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
~ Simone de Beauvoir ~
So Readers, who inspires YOU??