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10 Inspiring Women - What They Mean To Me

Updated on July 27, 2014

A List of Inspirational Women

This list of inspirational women isn’t just a random one. Though I’ve never met them (well, at least I haven't actually shaken their hands), they each have impacted my life on a very personal level. Over the years, as I’ve heard their stories, read about them or seen their work, I took to heart their intrepid spirits, their tenacity and their willingness to remain loyal to their cause despite long odds.

Each woman is or was a pioneer in her own right. Their lessons have inspired me to become more, push harder, and to relentlessly pursue my own goals, even when I’m not feeling my best.

I compiled this list in no particular order - I feel that each person has influenced me equally.


Frida Kahlo is in the center of this photo.
Frida Kahlo is in the center of this photo. | Source
This was a self-portrait I completed in 2006.  I have Frida Kahlo's influence to thank for it.  Its dimensions: 16" x 16" acrylic on canvas.
This was a self-portrait I completed in 2006. I have Frida Kahlo's influence to thank for it. Its dimensions: 16" x 16" acrylic on canvas. | Source

Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954)

Frida Kahlo was a woman who suffered polio when she was quite young. She recovered but in her late teens she was riding on a bus when it was t-boned by another car. She suffered multiple fractures, including several in her spine. A piece of an iron bar impaled her, going through her pelvis. She survived, but spent a year in bed, enduring intense pain and her movement was severely restricted by casts that covered almost her entire body.

She had to do something while lying there, so her family installed a mirror above her bed. She began to paint self-portraits. Her renditions were at once striking and revealing – it was as if her soul bore its way onto the canvas.

Later on, once she was able to walk again, she happened to meet Diego Rivera, a muralist. They began a long relationship, but his influence helped her to rise as a prominent artist in her own right.

Kahlo suffered intense physical and emotional pain throughout her life. But she never gave up painting. She essentially told her life's story in her artwork and the world began to "read."

When she found out that she couldn’t have children, and suffered a horrific miscarriage, she poured herself into her paintings. They embodied her suffering and people could relate to them.

How Kahlo Has Influenced Me

I have always loved art and painting. For a few years, I started doing self-portraits because in doing so, I had to reckon with myself. Because Frida had to look at herself just as she was, I, too, looked at myself as I was. She influenced my artwork in other ways. She was Latina and I have Latina roots. She loved colors – I love using colors. She had an imperfect body and I have an imperfect body.

Though I don’t paint self-portraits currently, it was Kahlo’s influence that deepened my appreciation for art and forced me to look at and accept myself exactly as I am – and to be proud of it.

A daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson.  This photo was taken of her sometime between 1846 and 1847 by William North.
A daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson. This photo was taken of her sometime between 1846 and 1847 by William North. | Source

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Emily Dickinson was an accomplished poet. She came from Amherst, MA, a small rural town at the time. Her father was quite religious and only allowed his children to read the Bible. Emily’s older brother often swiped books from his school and let his sisters secretly read them.

Emily attended Mount Holyoke Seminary for about a year, but then returned home. She was a religious person in her own way, but organized religion confounded her.

After returning home, she began to read books by prominent authors as well as classical literature. By 1858, she was writing seriously, and even finished 52 poems. With no formal training, but using her knowledge of Shakespeare, the Bible and other references, she composed poems that didn’t abide by traditional forms and stanzas. She loved using a dictionary as a reference point for her choice of words, sometimes resulting in startling word-effects.

She happened to write a letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson of the Atlantic Monthly and included four poems. He helped her edit them. It wasn’t until after her death, however, that Higgins tenaciously finished editing her poems and sought a publisher for them.

During her life, she didn’t want to publish her poetry. She didn’t want to fail and if she succeeded, she didn’t want to be misunderstood.

Dickinson completed more than 1,800 poems during her life. Only a few people knew about these poems – even her sister had no idea!

To this day, her poems are favorites among scholars and some consider her to be a leader in the free-verse movement of poetry.

How Dickinson Has Influenced Me

I had an unusual upbringing: I grew up in a nursing home. It was a business started by my mother, who had always loved and revered the elders in society. For the most part, I didn’t mind it, but the fact that people I knew and loved would pass away with alarming regularity deeply affected me.

I was in middle school when I first came upon Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death.” When we had an assignment to memorize and then recite a poem, I chose this because it keenly spoke to me and assuaged my fears regarding death.

Dickinson was rather reclusive, as well. Though I don’t consider myself a recluse, I am an introvert. I love being home and I often feel misunderstood by my more extroverted counterparts. It’s wonderful to know that you can accomplish great things and aspire to be a notable influence even if you feel like you're not always perfectly understood.

Marie Curie when she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Marie Curie when she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. | Source

Marie Curie Was From Poland

Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)

Marie Curie was born as Manya Sklodovska in Poland. She faced innumerable challenges throughout her life. Her father had been a college professor but was demoted when Russian authorities found out he was teaching in Polish. “Manya” was interrogated by Czarist investigators for this transgression because she was also studying books in Polish. Not long after, one of her older sisters died from typhus and her mother passed away after a battle with tuberculosis. It wasn’t until then did Manya understand why her mother never held or kissed her.

Later on, she became a governess, living with and tutoring two children to help pay for her sister to attend medical school in Paris. The University of Warsaw in Poland did not accept women. If there was hope in going to college for either girl, it had to be in France. Once her sister finished school and became a doctor, she sent for Manya to begin her studies at the Sorbonne.

It was at the Sorbonne she met Pierre Curie after he allowed her to study in an unused laboratory. She needed the lab for her studies in physics. He was a fellow scientist but fell in love and proposed marriage to Manya. When she married, she became Marie Curie.

Together, they worked on isolating the element radium. They didn’t have much support: there was a perpetual lack of funds, and they worked in a shed in back of the School of Physics with no heating or natural cooling. Pierre tried to convince Marie to give it up and wait until they could secure more money and a better place to work.

Marie wouldn’t give up, though. She was convinced that radium could ultimately help humanity and her primary goal was to isolate, study and figure out the uses for it.

Their work would pay off: they received a Nobel Prize in Physics for isolating and measuring the atomic weight of radium.

Marie still pursued her studies even after Pierre was run over by a horse carriage. He sustained massive head injuries and died. Marie was never the same, though.

In Pierre's place, she became the first female lecturer at the Sorbonne. As if these challenges were not enough, the press and even her colleagues hounded her for being foreign-born and a woman. Still she pressed on, and won a second Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her research.

She passed away from leukemia, brought on by radiation sickness. Her contributions to science in the face of so many obstacles are astounding.

How Curie Has Influenced Me

Curie stood strong in her relentless pursuit of her goal to isolate and study radium. She even sacrificed her life for it. I look at my own life and I immediately know that if I’m to be successful, I need to develop my passion and focus and not deviate from that goal.

It begs the question: how many of us have such burning passion that in the face of life’s toughest obstacles, we’ll still do what we need and want to do? Marie Curie gave humanity so much. I aspire to do the same.

An Interview with J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling (1966 –)

From the moment she was born, J.K. was a dreamer. She looked at the world with an inquisitive nature. Her parents milked that tendency and read to her – a lot. She started writing at a really early age, dreaming up fantasy worlds. Throughout her life, she would delve into her story writing, sometimes at the expense of a job.

J.K. also faced a series of tough challenges. Her mom passed away unexpectedly after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Then, she had moved to Portugal after finding a teaching job and met her future husband. But, the ill-fated marriage only lasted a short time. Before the divorce, she became pregnant and had a baby girl.

She moved back to England with not much in terms of prospects. Though a college graduate, she found herself on government assistance.

The idea for Harry Potter had come years earlier. She was on a train that ended up having mechanical problems. She sat staring at some cows when the idea of Harry popped into her head. Over the next few years, between bouts of depression and guilt for wanting to write, she worked on Harry Potter.

Instead of finding another teaching job in Edinburgh, J.K. decided to take a year and get the book published. It was not an easy choice: she’d have to continue on assistance, and would live a no-frills life for the duration. It was scary, too, because as many writers can attest, writer’s block is a very real thing, and she didn’t have time for it.

She also had a daughter to think about. She didn’t want her daughter to be poor and wanted something better than a Spartan life for her.

With determination, she plopped down and wrote her book – she had no typewriter, let alone a computer. Her tiny flat was stifling, so she’d walk the baby until she fell asleep and then went to different cafes to work on her writing.

Finishing the manuscript and sending it off to two different agents was terrifying for Rowling. What if it failed? Setting her reservations aside, she persevered. It was only when she got a letter back from one of the agents telling her they would represent the book, did she finally breathe a sigh of relief. We all know what happened after that.

How Rowling Influenced Me

It seems so often that when we’re at our wits end and life has us down and out, we find some super-human strength to pull ourselves up and not only bounce back, but then we soar higher than we ever thought possible.

I know I’m a dreamer. I’ve often felt misplaced as a right-brained girl in a left-brained society. Rowling’s story lets me know that I’m not alone in my need to be creative. I also know that if I put my mind to it, I can achieve great things.

Ever since reading the first Harry Potter book, I’ve wanted to write one of my own. I didn’t grow up writing stories like Rowling, but someday, perhaps, I’ll publish something that’s true to my style. I have Rowling’s inspiration to thank for that.

Jane Goodall (1930 –)

Imagine having such a pioneering spirit that you leave your home country and live among chimpanzees. That’s exactly what Jane Goodall did. Goodall has studied chimps for more than 30 years and in that time has published her extensive research.

She became a primatologist with only a notebook and some binoculars when she arrived in Tanzania. Her mission was to observe the chimpanzees and document their behavior. Goodall’s research revealed that they’re not all that different from humans.

These days, her mission has changed. Now that she has helped educate people about chimpanzees, she is now spreading the word that we must also save them. In essence, her message is one of conservation and that through hope and a willingness to work with nature, humans can help restore balance to the planet. In this way humans can also save chimpanzees and many other species of animals that have been brought to the brink of extinction.

How Goodall Has Influenced Me

I remember when I was nine or ten years old and I watched the movie Project X with Helen Hunt and Matthew Broderick. I was struck by how smart the chimpanzees were and I was horrified at their treatment. This movie was probably the first step in my wanting to be an anthropology major – I loved studying animals, the human need to understand the environment, and human evolution. I also had a need to understand chimpanzees because they were so humanlike.

Then I heard of Jane Goodall and her work. I watched countless hours of National Geographic shows on Goodall and her efforts in Gombe. I read about chimps and thought for a time that I wanted to work with and train them.

Though I majored in anthropology, my own interests and goals have changed. Goodall, however, allowed me to see that if you have a passion and a vision, it needs to remain front and center in your life for it to become a reality. Goodall’s vision has inspired people around the world with her simple message of understanding and conservation. Her efforts have helped humans to appreciate animals and helped prevent the reckless slaughter of many chimpanzees.

Rachel Carson as a government employee.
Rachel Carson as a government employee. | Source

Biocides: Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964)

Rachel Carson was always a student of nature. She used to go on long walks with her mother. When she attended college, she was going to major in English before switching to zoology after taking a class that drew her into biological studies during her sophomore year.

After college, she began teaching as faculty at the University of Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University a year after starting her teaching career.

Her time as a faculty member was short lived, however. She had to support her mother and two nieces after her father passed away. So, she took on a government job as an aquatic biologist for the Department of the Interior.

She started to also write articles about nature and eventually published her first book, Under the Sea in 1937. She continued to supplement her income by writing various articles and publications, sometimes winning money for her work.

In 1951, she published The Sea Around Us. It became a best-seller and would earn her a Guggenheim Fellowship. This allowed her to quit her job working as a government employee so she could devote her time to her writing. This was a book that looked at the sea, with a multi-disciplinary approach. Her eloquent words and writing captured the hearts of her readers.

A few years later, some friends would write to her telling her about how they had observed birds dying off after becoming victims of anti-mosquito pesticide at their farm in Massachusetts. Thus, not only were the mosquitoes wiped out, but organisms higher up the food chain were affected, as well.

This was a turning point for Carson. She began researching how modern agricultural practices with their use of pesticides were creating irreparable damage to the environment.

Despite a cancer diagnosis two years before, Carson published Silent Spring, warning against the uninhibited and widespread use pesticides in agriculture. She cited example after example of the harmful effects of pesticides like DDT and showed how birds, fish, and even human beings tested positive for DDT in their systems.

Silent Spring became an instant hit. Even politicians responded with a government investigation to curb the use of DDT and other harmful chemicals on food. She also pointed out how a number of pesticides were variants of nerve gases that were used in World War II.

As such, Carson catalyzed the modern day ecological movement. There were plenty of people who weren’t happy with her work, including a number of prominent businesses and politicians.

With her cancer getting worse, Carson watched as 42 state legislatures began adopting laws to curb pesticide use. She won “Conservationist of the Year” before her death in April of 1964.

How Carson Has Influenced Me

I discovered Rachel Carson by accident. Back in the late 90’s, I was taking an AP English class in high school. We had a reading assignment, and I ended up reading the wrong assignment: Elixirs of Death, a chapter from Carson’s Silent Spring. Though I received a “0” for my homework that day, I never forgot the lessons in Carson’s prose.

I already loved nature. Growing up, I spent as much time as possible outside. However, Carson opened my eyes to the fragility of the environment. She conveyed the complicated science of harmful chemicals to a world audience in plain English. Because of her efforts, she helped to spur a movement to help keep the environment a cleaner place and less subject to the effects of toxic chemicals – chemicals that could move up the food chain and into humans.

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

Maya Angelou is a prolific poet, but she’s also an author, activist and actress. Her early life was difficult: she was passed between her mother and grandmother. When she was only eight years old, her mother’s boyfriend sexually assaulted her. In turn, her uncles killed him. These traumatic events rendered Angelou mute for almost six years.

At age 16, Angelou found herself pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy, Guy. But, it seems that this was her turning point. Right after that, she began touring Europe and Africa, performing in Porgy and Bess. Subsequently, she became an activist for African American rights and joined the Harlem Writer’s Guild.

Her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings met with rave reviews. It talked about Angelou’s first seventeen years of life. She would publish four more autobiographical novels after that.

She also wrote poetry and for her efforts, she won the Pulitzer Prize.

Her most famous moment, however, was when she read her poetry at the inauguration of Bill Clinton called On the Pulse of Morning.

Now, she still teaches and is a professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Her works continue to inspire and win awards for her incredible work.

How Angelou Has Influenced Me

When I was in eighth grade, it was the year of the 1992 election. We held a “mock election” at my school. In a class filled with Republican “voters,” I was the only one who voted Democrat. I had led my own little campaign around my school and convinced the younger students to vote for Bill Clinton. Though no one else in my eighth grade class voted Democratic, and I got a lot of heat for it, but Bill Clinton won the election at my school.

After the national election, we watched Clinton’s inaugural address in January. I can say I don’t remember Bill Clinton’s speech, but I do remember Angelou’s. I was moved to tears at her poem. It spoke to me because I wanted peace, justice, happiness, and the pursuit of all that is good in this world. She united us that day and even my friends who had bullied me for standing on my own two feet were rendered speechless. We even hugged.

Angelou’s words made me probe my soul. Sure, I’d faced challenges, but they were no excuse to not rise up and face them, with my bright shining light.

Alas, just thinking of Angelou makes me feel like my writing is more poetic.

Florence Nightingale, 1873.
Florence Nightingale, 1873. | Source

Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910)

The daughter of wealthy parents, Florence Nightingale renounced her privileged status and became a nurse. This was scandalous in itself because at the time, nursing wasn’t a respected profession. In fact, it was something left for prostitutes and alcoholics.

Nightingale’s parents were perpetually shocked when their daughter shunned suitors and creature comforts. She was fascinated with the idea of altruism and helping others. She would often visit the sick and try to care for them – an unusual characteristic for a lady of her status.

When she was 17, she felt that she had received a direct message from God telling her that she needed to serve others. She didn’t yet know what that service looked like. But when she traveled to Alexandria, Egypt later on, she began to figure it out. She would study to be a nurse. She went to Germany and Paris, staying with various people in the nursing order. She also disobeyed her parents, who had forbidden her from becoming a nurse.

Her work would eventually take her to Turkey, where she treated soldiers and other victims in the Crimean War. She was horrified by the unclean conditions and the staff was so incredibly disorganized.

Florence’s leadership began to shine through. She started to order people to clean, made schedules, and stayed on top of her work, sometimes putting in 20-hour days. At night, she took a lantern and would check on the patients at the hospital where she worked. For this she became known as “The Lady With a Lamp.”

Despite opposition from fellow doctors and other nurses, Florence succeeded in reducing the mortality rate at the hospital from 42.2% to 2.2%.

She would eventually found a nursing school that would train nurses, focusing on hygiene, sanitation and maintaining public health. She effectively changed the face of nursing and graduates of her school often went to other hospitals to establish their own schools. Even after retiring, Nightingale still made contributions to her chosen profession through her writing and consultation.

How Nightingale Has Influenced Me

I used to think of my mother as a type of Florence Nightingale. My mother established a nursing home when I was quite young. I used to help her with her patients.

We once had a patient named Florence. This was when I first heard of Florence Nightingale, because stories about nurses and sanitation abounded when I was growing up.

My mother still works tirelessly for her patients, and she’s in her mid-70’s. I don’t think she’ll ever retire. But my mom taught me more about sanitation and the need for hygiene than I ever wanted to know. It was because of people like Florence Nightingale who pioneered modern nursing that ultimately would move the entire field onto a new level, and garner great respect in doing so. Today, nursing is a greatly respected profession.

In Memory of Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards (1949 – 2010)

Elizabeth Edwards' story is one of resilience - it's also the title of her autobiography. Her father was in the military while growing up, but she had been happy. She definitely had her fair share of challenges, though.

Elizabeth’s son Wade was killed in a car accident when he was just 16 years old. This left a chasm in her life. She resolved to have more children, because they made her and John happy. She was 48 when she had Emma Clair and 50 – with an AARP card – when she had Jack. She also had an older daughter, Cate.

Then in 2007, she felt a lump in her breast. She couldn’t tell her husband; it was just days before the presidential election when she found out, and they were on the campaign trail. But the day after the election, she found herself in Boston, getting a biopsy. It was cancer and the tumor had metastasized.

This was not the only blow in recent years for Elizabeth. She found out her husband had been unfaithful to her. Compound these maladies with the fact that their lives were so public.

For a woman in such pain, she plowed forward and did her best, no matter what obstacle was leveled against her. In her book, she talks about forgiveness, but that earning trust was a lot harder.

She was an incredibly noble woman, who wondered at life’s challenges, but moved forward in spite of them.

How Edwards Has Influenced Me

I always liked Elizabeth Edwards; she was a pillar of strength for John Edwards in his presidential campaign. When news of his affair hit the news circuit, I immediately thought of Elizabeth.

She not only a role model to me, but to my family. My own brother was killed in a car accident not long ago. Elizabeth’s words helped me to understand what my parents were going through. and her story offered me comfort when, at times, I wondered if I would ever find it.

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Hillary Clinton (1947 –)

I include Hillary Clinton in this list not because she was First Lady of the United States but because she’s a woman of steel. Since she was young, she had been on the fast track to a career in law. Her success started early: she graduated from Yale.

Her accomplishments since becoming First Lady are what made me choose her for this list. She has never let up since having that role. She became a Senator and the Secretary of State. No other woman had been First Lady and then appointed to public office. She has been an advocate for educational reform, health care reform, and has campaigned for women’s rights.

Her aptitude for facing her opponents head on is superlative. If she wasn’t always this way, she might have started on that path when she was young. One day, she came home and told her mother that other children were bullying her in the street. Her mother made her go back outside and told her that no child of hers would be a victim of bullying and that she alone had to face them. She was not allowed back home until she did so.

She returned home later that day, having done exactly what her mother told her to do. It might have been tough love, but it sure helped to make her strong.

How Clinton Has Influenced Me

When I was fifteen, I was invited to a leadership conference in Denver, CO. The keynote speaker? Hillary Clinton. I had to meet this woman.

I went to the conference and I did meet her – from about ten feet away. She was having lunch and without thinking I spoke up and said, “Hello, Mrs. Clinton!” She had been conversing with someone else and glanced at me as if I were an annoying fly and dismissed me just as quickly.

At that moment, though, I knew that she didn’t have time for frivolities. I found out just how no-nonsense she was.

I also used to dream about meeting her daughter, Chelsea. Chelsea Clinton and I are about the same age. A good friend of mine went to Stanford University and was classmates with her and I always used to ask about her – we were all in college at the same time. I felt like, in some way, I had a connection with success.

Indeed, I do not know any of these people personally, and I probably won’t ever meet them. But I can say that their actions have directly affected my life in one way or another. I admire them for what they stand for, for facing their fears and challenges with grace, and for inspiring me to be all that I envision for myself.

El Arte de Escribir. Borsi, Emilia and Fay Rogg. McGraw-Hill: NY. 1994.

www.biography.com/people/maya-angelou-9185388 retrieved 8 Aug. 2012.

Extraordinary Women. Edmonson, Catherine M. Adams Media Corporation: MA. 1999.

The Great Women. Marlow, Joan. A & W Publishers: NY. 1979.

www.janegoodall.org retrieved 8 Aug. 2012.

Resilience. Edwards, Elizabeth. Broadway Books: NY. 2009.

A World of Ideas. Jacobus, Lee. St. Martin's Press: MA. 1994.

J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter. Shapiro, Marc. St. Martin's Griffin: NY. 2000.

© 2012 Cynthia Sageleaf

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 2 years ago from Western NC

      Rangoon House - ah, thank you! I have found heroes in all these women and I'm glad you enjoyed this. Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      I loved reading about these leading ladies and am often more inspired by those from an earlier era, when there were so many hurdles to jump. I had never heard of Rachel Carson, so was pleased to get to know her. Thank you.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      MG Singh - thank you! Yes, it's HARD to choose. :) Thank you for your feedback.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Good selection, but there are so many.Interesting post

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Audrey - aww, you're so sweet! Thank you for coming by! Hugs!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Such a wonderful hub Cyndi!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - aww, you make me smile! Love it! That's awesome about Bill Clinton, too. :)

      Yes, I'm sad about Maya Angelou, too. :( But I am glad you came by! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      An impressive group of women, indeed. Of course, being from Arkansas, I look up to Hillary Clinton. I actually have a picture with Bill Clinton at girls' state when I was in high school. :-) I'm so sad about Maya Angelou's passing. I'm glad to read this hub today.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vinaya - indeed. :) I tried to include women whose influence is more than just local, but international, too. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I'm not familiar with some of these women, however, I also believe that these are wonderful women, who have influenced the entire world.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Insightful Tiger - thank you so much! Ah, yes, anthropology. I loved it - it had all my interests contained within the major. Hehe. Thank you for your insights and comments.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      I can relate to many of these women and you, it seems. I also was an anthropology major. This is a delightful hub that celebrates women and reminds us of how awesome we can be. I'm glad that I found this.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      DDE - thank you so much! Cheers!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Women with such inspiration shouldn't be forgotten and you have made good points here.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Epigramman - yes, Mother Teresa and Diane Arbus - great choices. It was so incredibly difficult to narrow the list down to 10 women - there are VOLUMES of works about extraordinary women. I finally just had to go with the ones I could actually say had some impact on my own life.

      You are too kind, my friend. I hear of your legendary works and I'm humbled by your stewardship and kindness. :)

      As I write this, I'm on my second cup of tea and I think my 100th sunflower seed. Those both keep me going. Hehe.

      Thank you again for your wonderful comments and kindness. I will look, but I certainly hope I'm already following your good works! Cheers!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....It is I, who sent Amy your way, because I felt you would both have so much in common, with both of you being such world class writers (and all) and I really do love your personal approach to this list of wonderful life changing women (which you are one yourself) - sending you warm wishes and good energy your way from lake erie time ontario canada 11:31am with a Haydn concerto and 2nd cup of coffee

      p.s. - and two names I would add to this list from my vantage point are : Mother Teresa and Diane Arbus (photographer)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Amy, right after I respond to your comment, I'm headed over to "follow" you - what a brilliant recap and response to my work and I'm completely humbled. You made my day. I hope this hub inspires women everywhere to be all they can be because we really have the power to change the world and make it a wonderful place. The men of the world definitely have their virtues, but I often wonder at what would happen if women ran the world. Haha.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I could write a book on your uniquely personal, inspiring tribute to the women who have influenced, you, Cyndi. Your brilliant, interesting piece reads with the intimate touch of a journal, leaving me with the feeling I know you. I've read many articles of a biographical nature, but none so inviting as yours. I was especially touched by the inclusion of stories involving personal dramas that highlight the courage despite obstacles that each of these women surmounted. I found it bitterly ironic that Maya Angelou, who gives voice to deeply inspiring emotions that connect all people, was rendered mute for six years of her childhood by horrific tragedy. Yet, she, ultimately, rose to the top through her courage and strength. The photograph of Marie Curie reflects the determination, strength and serious nature of the thoughtful commitment to her purpose, even giving her brilliant life to see it through.

      Thank you, Cyndi, for a magnificent journey into the humanity of women who have changed the world.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Epigramman - it's so very nice to meet you, too! I'm so glad you're a blogger as well. It is a very wonderful morning indeed. I actually have a blog post to follow as to why this is such a wonderful morning. Enjoy that coffee! ;)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....well Good morning Cyndi - actually you are 'missing' one very important lady on this hallowed list - you!

      Thank you so much for this most awesome hub presentation, one of my favorites of all time here, and I could tell your work is a labor of love with your passion and intelligence shining through.

      Currently listening to the Golden Age of the Russian Guitar with 2nd cup of coffee and waiting for the sun to come over my lake at 7:36am lake erie time ontario canada and so very nice to meet you Cyndi -

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thundermama - thank you so much! This hub took awhile to write, but to me, it was so worth it. I love the stories of every person here and they really have touched my life. :)

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Outstanding Hub! I thoroughly enjoyed this and how you included your personal connection with each incredible woman you profiled. Fantastic writing style, interesting topic. Very well done.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Freta - great to see you! I definitely look for inspiration in my daily life wherever I can find it. It helps to focus on the good things and there are a lot of people who do good things. :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Although I've heard of all but one of these women, (Rachel Carson), I didn't know much about them. Thank you so much for the enlightenment. So very well done, just enough info for us to get to know each one. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting. I also pinned it.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aykianink - thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by! :)

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      aykianink 5 years ago

      Simply beautiful, beautiful hub. Very nice.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      ElleBee - thank you so much :)

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      These are great women, adn this is an excellently done hub! I love how you gave both factual information and information about how they influenced you.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Pamela Kinnaird W - thank you so much for your awesome feedback. So many of these women overcame so much, I can't help but want to share about what they overcame and how they stuck to their vision. Hehe, my self-portrait was done at a difficult time in my life, but with the resolution to persevere. Thank you for visiting - have a great day!

      DzyMsLizzy - I can SOOO relate about the Jill of All Trades bit. I have so many interests and so many cool things that I love finding out about and researching. I've often told people that I wish I could live 900 years just to be able to satisfy all of my curiosities. Eh, well, I had just better try to pack it all in the short time we have, huh? Haha. But really, I'm there with you: I feel like I know a little about a lot of things. I'm constantly checking out 15 or 20 books at a time from the library - depending on my interest of the week. In any case, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it and I hope you have a great day!

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on earning a Hub of the Day award!

      What a great list of inspiring women, indeed! You did such a great job of "nutshelling" their bios without compromising the important points.

      I don't know that I have any personal heroines...I always loved to read, but I somehow never got that "driven" gene. I'm more of a generalist; interested in many things, none sufficiently to hit the books for years to become master in the field. (Some people know a lot about a few things; I know a little about lots of things.) Another way of putting it: "Jill of all trades; master of none."

      The books I read and re-read as a child were, "Maria Mitchell, Girl Astronomer," and the biography of Louisa May Alcott (that may have planted the early seeds for my preference of vegetarianism). For fiction, I loved to read Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty." And I've read James Michener's "The Source" a couple of times as well--you can see how eclectic my tastes and interests are--much like your own.

      Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I saw your hub title days ago and knew I must look it up and read it when I've time. Just finished reading it and enjoyed every minute of it.

      I hadn't heard of Frida Kahlo before. What an incredibly difficult life she had.

      I admire many of these women you have written about and I enjoyed reading how each influenced your life.

      Very creative self-portrait!

      Voting this hub up, awesome and Sharing.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Snakeslane - awesome! Enjoy it while ya got it, right? :D

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      We've just had a couple of weeks of hot weather, cooled down a bit now, but still nice, thanks.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, shucks, thanks Snakeslane. I hope it's warm up in Canada right now. :-)

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      No prob cclitfgirl, I guess even a spammer knows a good piece of writing when he/she sees it!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hehe, thanks Snakeslane. You got my back. :D Cheers!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi cclitgirl, looks like you've got a spammer in your comment above (left a link).

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      IntegrityYes - They DO! HAHAHA. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great day! Cheers.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      All of those ladies rock and rocked! HAH-HAH! I definitely voted up.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Janine - Thank you so much for your feedback. It's hard to choose a favorite, isn't it. :D It was very interesting finding out more about all these women's lives as I researched. Have a wonderful day!

      snakeslane - Thank you for your kind words, and I appreciate you leaving me feedback. I had lots of fun compiling this list - it was so hard to choose! :)

      Nalini - thanks for your second visit! Yes, energy! It's amazing what we can do if we put our minds and energy into our passions. Have a wonderful day - Hubhugs!

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      Nalini Marquez 5 years ago

      cclitgirl I agree! There is something about them that does give the energy to try and succeed, and to try again! They help to keep things in perspective and to keep fighting the good fight. Again, great job. :-)

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hello cclitgirl, I enjoyed the stories of the women who inspire you. Some of them are my favorites too. Congratulations on having your page selected as Hub of the Day. Good work. Regards, snakeslane

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Very impressive list of inspiring women. My favorite has to be JK Rowling, but they are all well deserving and you did a great and detailed job here. Well deserved on the HOTD. Have voted up and shared too!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Nalini - I LOVE inspirational stories. They keep me going when I feel like I can't. If I'm ever having a bad day, I just need to come back and look at these women's stories and it gives me the energy to try and succeed. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      jpcmc - they are, indeed! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Riverfish - thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback. Indeed, every one has inspired me in some way and I'm glad to share. Thank you again! Cheers!

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      Nalini Marquez 5 years ago

      This is such an excellent and beautiful hub! I love stuff like this. Great job and thank you for sharing their stories and for sharing the inspiration. :-) Voted up, interesting, beautiful, and awesome!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      These are truly fascinating women.

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      An amazing hub of such high quality! reading one after ages..congrats on HOTD. Really inspiring women and their stories. Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Lil Miss - Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this. I appreciate your feedback.

      Jenn-Anne - Thank you for the second visit. :) I appreciate you stopping by again.

      Lindalou1963 - It's hard to choose who you think would be your favorite - they're all such awesome people. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it! Cheers!

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      This is an amazing hub... so interesting! I was captivated from the beginning. Although I've never read the Harry Potter series, I am familiar with them and Ms. Rowlings' work. She has to be very strong to come from near poverty, all the while holding her head up and striving to succeed.

      I voted for Ms. Rowlings in your poll, but I considered voting for Jane Goodall also. She is someone I have admired since childhood when I used to watch national geographic with my mom.

      I admire you for putting in the time it took to write this hub. You've done an amazing job. Its very well written and SO very interesting!

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Adding to my comment from awhile back to say congrats on Hub Of The Day!!!

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      Stephany 5 years ago from Somerset New Jersey

      That was an amazing hub. All these woman have inspired generations of woman throughout the world and it's great that you spot lighted them!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      TravelAbout - thank you so much! They are truly incredible, aren't they? Indeed, they have all played a role in my life - it would be so cool to meet the women on this list who still grace us with their presence: Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton (even though I "sort of" met her, haha), Jane Goodall, etc. Thanks so much for your feedback!

      Coffeegginmyrice - Thank you for your feedback. :) You are right: they are beautiful, talented, passionate and genuine. Passion and being genuine were two requirements for my list, for sure! I hope you also have a wonderful day! Cheers!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      It has been nice to know where ALL the admiration that made a good impact on you is coming from. Beautiful people, beautiful women, talented, passionate and genuine.

      I have a good movie 'bout "Frida" and it had been passed around to 4 friends; glad I got it back intact.

      Beautiful hub and interesting! Have a wonderful day~

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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States

      Well deserved HOTD! I really admire your choice of women as well as your insight to each of their strengths. Even as a child I was always fascinated with Jane Goodall and her extrodinary work and life. I really enjoyed reading your hub and how each woman, separately, had a profound influence on you. I will now have to look for other works by Frieda. voted up and awesome

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mary615 - thank you so much! Without these women, our present might look very different. :)

      Your Cousins - It was difficult narrowing all the amazing women out there down to just 10. I could have easily expanded this list to 20, 75, or 100, but I still wanted to keep it to where I could say how I've been influenced. Thanks so much!

      Suzettenaples - It's hard to pick just one, isn't it? Hehe. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your feedback - including about my self-portrait. I did it right after I started a new job...I feel like it's telling that way. :)

      Carol7777 - Thank you so much. Yes, a lot of research went into this, but it didn't feel like work. I was completely riveted finding out about the interesting lives of these women. :)

      Tammy - You are a gem, my friend. You're also inspirational to me. :)

      Stephanie - It's hard to choose just one person - they are all amazing in their own right. They really are inspiring precisely because they fought, despite long odds. I admire all of them so much for that. :)

      whonunuwho - Thank you so much for your feedback. Indeed, I think without these women, I wonder what the present would be like. I wonder if we would have come so far. :)

      Sally's Trove - thank you so much! It's a treasure to have friends in your life. Do call/keep in touch. I have to remind myself of the same, thing, too. Right after I finish these comments, I'm going to call a friend who's been on my mind. :D

      Prairieprincess - I love meeting other introverts! That's one reason we make such good writers! LOL. No, really, I have always loved Dickinson's poems and Nightingale, well, I felt like she somehow channeled through my mom who was insistent that we be clean and tidy, especially around the patients. :)

      KDuBarry - Great to see you! You, too, are an inspiration to me. Your hubs are fantastic, as well. :)

      That Grrl - Thank you so much. I appreciate your feedback. :)

      SRae - can you believe that nursing was once reserved for prostitutes and alcoholics? It's one of the most respected and needed professions today. I wonder what Nightingale would think if she could see it now. :)

      Wizard of Whimsy - Thanks so much! You know, I had considered Helen Keller, as well as a whole host of other women before finally narrowing it down to 10. However, it was because I could actually recall moments where I thought of these women and what they had done and how they even helped me persevere in my own endeavors. :) Indeed, she's inspiring too. Thanks for stopping by!

      AudreyHowitt - hey there! Great to see you! Thanks so much for your feedback.

      Thomas - I can totally see you going into the forest and conjuring up your own list of historical influencers. Hehe. Not only would it be awesome, but full of humor and jovial, esoteric wit. That's why I love your writing so much. :)

      Relationshipc - you working in a nursing home tells me that I already respect you. The elderly indeed have so much to teach us - they've truly been there and done that. I'll always have a soft spot for them. Growing up in a nursing home definitely gives you perspective. I love being kind, but I won't stay in situations where I'm not happy - because life is too short. That's definitely one valuable lesson I've learned. :D

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Excellent! Obviously, I have heard the name Florence Nightingale, but I didn't really understand her story until now. I relate to her on many levels.

      I've worked in a nursing home, so I can understand how hard it is to watch fascinating people continuously pass on; I couldn't imagine doing it as a kid though. I can just imagine how much you have learned from that experience alone.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Cyndi,

      Let me start by saying that I think I need to get season tickets for your HOTD! Your fine work has led to a number of them! I loved this hub and your detailed listing of these ten strong women. I love the way you formatted it as well with the background and then their impact on you. Of your list...I believe Frieda is my favorite. Her artwork was always so raw and powerful.

      Outstanding job my friend! Congrats!

      Thomas

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I simply loved this hub! What an inspirational piece of writing!!!!

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      Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

      Stellar job and thanks for reminding us all how extraordinary people can make such a difference on our sad and beautiful little planet. Thanks too for refilling my hope&optimism tanks!

      (P.S. I expected to see Hellen Keller in this group for some reason.)

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      Shelia Wadsworth 5 years ago from Central Pennsylvania

      Excellent write up! It is always good to look up to others for inspiration and reflect on their influence. The women you highlighted are excellent role models, although I never personally heard of Rachel Carson. I found the tidbit about nursing being a profession reserved for prostitutes and alcoholics interesting. Thank you for the history lesson!

      : )

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I had never heard of Elizabeth Edwards. The rest I knew something about or have read quite a lot about in some cases. Nice list. (Don't forget to proofread for typos).

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Congrats on HOTD! Much deserved as Mary615 said. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Emily Dickinson, so you are well received in my books!

      Great hub! Shared and pinned!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      CC, this is a wonderful hub! I loved how you organized it by placing the biographical section first and then their influence on you second. It made for very exciting reading, to see how they had a personal impact on you.

      I could really relate to your admiration of Emily Dickinson. I'm a fellow introvert, too, and also looked up to her. As well, I am a big admirer of Florence Nightingale, who accomplished so much and changed the face of hospitals forever.

      Loved this hub! Voted up, more and sharing. Congratulations on "hub of the day." You definitely deserved it.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      It was a joy to read your reflections on the impact these women have on your life. Your words reminded me of several women who influenced my life but have not been in my thoughts lately. I feel as if I've been ignoring old friends. :) I'm sharing this outstanding article on the fb page, A Woman's Life's Work.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      This is an inspirational work and shows that you have had many who have greatly influenced your life and perspective on many important facets, that compose our lives. Thank you for this wonderful writing that you have shared.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      This is an absolutely awesome article about these ten inspiring women! I did make a choice on your poll, but, really, I have more than one favorite. As many of these women overcame so much hardship and difficulty in their lives, they are truly an inspiration. Thank you for writing this - it's a well-deserved choice for Hub of the Day!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Your passion is evident and has paid off. Congratulations on a well deserved Hub of the Day!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I can see I am not alone in the reception of this hub. I love your choices and all that you wrote about these amazing women. I also appreciate all the research you did to achieve this most interesting hub. VOted UP..

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great selection of women for this article. The only one I was not familiar with was Rachel Carson. I couldn't pick one woman as an influence or an inspiration. They all are and each one in her own right. Congratulations on HOTD! This is very well deserved. I enjoyed reading this and adding your personal reason why each inspired you is so interesting. Voted up! I almost forgot to mention your self-portrait - beautiful and you are so talented!

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      Your Cousins 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I appreciate all the research that you put into this hub. It is quite an impressive list of women and I enjoyed reading about all of them. I was amused at your conference encounter with Hillary Clinton. It is hard to pick a favorite since they are all so impressive. Congrats on HOTD.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! Very well deserved. I, too, admire these women. We women don't realize how influencial we are, do we?

      I voted this UP, etc.etc. and will share on my FB and others. Mary

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      pstraubie48 - hear, hear! That's EXACTLY why I wrote this hub. If we're not careful, it's so easy to take for granted the contributions women have made. Not only that, they continue to make so many contributions. Thank you so much for your feedback - much appreciated!

      kelleyward - I knew you'd like Florence - she helped to make the nursing profession what it is today. Emily Dickinson was able to make so many contributions despite not wanting to see many people. Her poems have changed the literary world forever. And my upbringing in a nursing home? Hehe, I have some stories that would make your hair curl! Hehe. Thanks so much, Kelley!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is definitely a HOTD! My favorites from the list are Florence Nightingale and Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson inspires me because, like you said, I am an introvert. I love being around people but I receive my energy from my alone time or time in nature. Sounds like you had a very interesting upbringing growing up in a nursing home. I bet that was hard. Thanks for sharing this fantastic hub! Voted up across. Kelley

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      cclitgirl...thank you so much for this salute to some of our great women. Too often our women are overlooked and the accomplishments they have to their credit are over looked. It is still a struggle even today for women to receive the recgonition they are due in the work place and in the world in general.

      Articles like this can showcase our contributions.

      It was interesting too to read how they influenced your life. So many lives are influenced by another and they never know it.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Nyamache - thank you so much. Indeed, if you can figure out your life's passion and run with it, oh the places you'll go!

      Somesh Dutt - thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed this. It was fun researching about the lives of these women for sure!

      Prasetio30 - hello! Thank you for stopping by at another of my hubs. :) I appreciate your feedback. Cheers!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. J.K. Rowling is my favorite. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

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      Somesh Dutt 5 years ago from India

      First of all let me congratulate you on this superb hub that you have created. I have really enjoyed reading each and every word of it. Especially the section where you have demonstrated how each one of them has influenced you. Great work there. Secondly , I never knew about these phenomenal ladies and their works except for Hillary Clinton & J K Rowling about whom I had read previously. Please keep writing such great hubs & sharing it with us.

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      Joshua Nyamache 5 years ago from Kenya

      It begs the question: how many of us have such burning passion that in the face of life’s toughest obstacles, we’ll still do what we need and want to do? Few people will pursue their dreams after facing challenges. You really took your time to research on this hub. It is great work you have done and I have voted you up.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Teaches - thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words and feedback. Yes, all these women have played a "role" in my life and I thought it was high time I acknowledge them. :) Hubhugs!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I admire many of the woman you posted, Dickinson, Curie, Nightinglae and Edwards are tops on my list. You have written well about each woman's strengths and accomplishments. I enjoyed the read.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Pinxinsales004 - thanks very much for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Danielabram - indeed! Now, I'll have to compile one about history's great people in general. Haha! See? You just gave me an idea! Thanks so much!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Ruchira - thank you so much! I appreciate you! These women have definitely left their mark in the sands of history and their legacy won't soon be forgotten. Thank you for your awesome feedback ~ great to see you. Hubhugs!

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      pinxinsales004 5 years ago

      What an astonishing history! Glad to know that~

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      danielabram 5 years ago

      It's great to learn so much more about women's history.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow..great research!!

      I agree women is power and you have short listed some very powerful and significant women who have made history!

      many votes as interesting/useful. sharing it across

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Europewalker - thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate your kind words and feedback. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!

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      europewalker 5 years ago

      This hub was a great read. I agree with your list. Very inspiring women indeed:)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Justgrace1776 - thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate your feedback. :)

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      justgrace1776 5 years ago

      Great choice of women! Good read, thank you.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Alissa - thank you so much! Thank you for your kind words and feedback. Indeed, these all are fabulous women and if ever I have a bad day, I need only to think of the obstacles they faced and it helps to put everything in perspective. Thanks again!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Jenn-Anne - thank you for your feedback. These women definitely leave you thinking and wondering, don't they? They're such leaders.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Deborah - hehe, she's a valiant leader and I definitely admire her for that. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Melovy - thank you soo much! You teach art!? That's GREAT! Frida Kahlo is so inspirational, isn't she? Indeed, my mother has helped me in more ways than I'll ever know, but her example has helped make me what I have become today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      What a fantastic list of women you have highlighted here Cyndi! I enjoyed getting to know a little bit more of their history and background and loved that you added how each one influenced you personally. Amazing job on this most impressive hub - voted up and over!

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Great hub! Lots of great information and some food for thought.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      What a great list. Hillary got my vote. I'm a huge fan.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Cyndi,

      This includes some women I greatly admire and some I had not even heard of till now. I like that you included how they have influenced you.

      I really like Frida Kahlo, though I didn't learn about her at school or art college - I was teaching art before I knew of her. My own list would also include some women artists and writers for sure!

      Your mother sounds like she was also a great inspiration for you and rightly so.

      Very interesting hub.