The first Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909 by the Socialist party of America to honor the garment workers who were protesting the poor working conditions. Two years later, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated, where more than a million people from Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland were in attendance.
This celebration slowly spread across the world and now, 8th March is celebrated as International Women’s Day worldwide, every year. There are many reasons to celebrate a woman – her strength, her thoughts, her courage, her compassion, her resolve, and so much more.
Let’s take a look at the stories of 10 phenomenal women who have inspired the world.
In 1920, Amelia visited an airfield with her father. The 10-minute flight, which cost her father $10, changed her life forever. She knew she had to fly and nothing could stop her. And nothing did. She became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Angela Merkel embarked on her political journey in 1989. She joined the party Democratic Awakening, and soon started rising in the ranks. In 2005, after a stalemate election resulted in a coalition government in Germany, she was appointed as the Chancellor of Germany, and has kept the office since.
Anne Frank was one of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She was of German descent, after Nazis occupied Germany, her family moved to The Netherlands. She kept an account of the horrifying period in her rather legendary diary. Chances are that you’ve already read The Diary of a Young Girl. And if you haven’t, you must.
Aung San Suu Kyi
After the disastrous Burmese 8888 Uprising in 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi called for a democratic government. She was suppressed by the new military junta in 1989, when she founded her party, National League for Democracy. In the same year, she was put under house arrest. Although she was released from the house arrest in 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle for democracy has been a long one and it still continues.
Kiran Bedi is the first woman to become an IPS officer. She is known for her professional competence and brilliance. She is now a part of BJP party, and was their Chief Ministerial candidate for 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. A lot has been spoken about her reform plans for prisoners and tight observance of law and order in Tihar Jail, one of the most notorious jails in India.
A dancer, a poet and a writer, her journey began in the 1950s. She took modern dance classes and performed in various places, and changed her name to Maya Angelou. Her autobiographies starting with ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ are a work of brilliance.
Millicent was an English feminist, who is well-known for her work as a suffragist. She was twenty-two years old when she became a moderate campaigner of the cause to give women the vote. Her tireless striving, along with many other women, won six million British women (over 30 years of age) the right to vote in 1918.
Even though she was Irish, Mother Teresa is one of the most well-known women figures in Indian. An Albanian Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary, her charitable work in Calcutta won her various honors, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
Oprah is a symbol of strength and courage for women all over the world. She started her career in Media after school and got her first talk show in 1986 – The Oprah Winfrey Show. Having suffered abuse in her early years, she is a strong advocate of women’s freedom and is considered as the greatest African-American philanthropist in the American history.
Princess Diana’s charitable work as a part of her royal duties and otherwise, won her the hearts of people all over the world. Her support for homeless people, AIDS victims and leprosy patients makes her one of the most compassionate women.
Happy Women’s Day!