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Inspirational Women of the Past and Present Time

Updated on January 12, 2015

Inspiring Women

Women of the past and present time had an impressive list of contributions to the world we're living in. It can be seen throughout the course of history whether in the field of science, literature, politics, religion and many more.

These women didn't achieve their goals easily with just a snap. They experienced hardships and challenges which they manage to overcome and solved. It's the reason why they serve as an inspiration not only by women but also by men.

The following women mentioned below are known for their perseverance and dedication to their respective professions and activities. These are just few of the women who are considered powerful in their own respective ways.

Amelia Mary Earhart - first female pilot to fly solo
Amelia Mary Earhart - first female pilot to fly solo

Amelia Mary Earhart

She was an obvious choice when it comes to women who made a huge change in the aviation history. Popularly known to be the first female aviator who flied solo across the Atlantic ocean, she also formed a group composed of female pilots called The Ninety-Nines. This organization was formed to help out women achieve their goals as female pilots. It includes giving funds for the aviation education of female pilots including flight training. Although Earhart's disappearance remains to be a mystery up to this day, the contribution that she left in the aviation history definitely lives.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, M.C.  1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her charity work
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her charity work

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation that supports the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and helps the poorest of the poor. She was admired for her unconditional love to help out poor people in different ways like conducting soup kitchens, family counseling programs, running hospices for people with HIV, leprosy and tuberculosis regardless of what religion or social class the people they help are. She expanded these services around the globe. She was truly a gem who lived with great purpose.



Rita-Levi Montalcini (Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986) Jewish-Italian doctor
Rita-Levi Montalcini (Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986) Jewish-Italian doctor

Rita-Levi Montalcini

At the age of 20, she refused to obey her father who believes that women should not study by going to a university. She encountered several challenges such as losing a job as a research assistant because of racial discrimination as she was an Italian Jew. Despite this, she continued doing her research by converting her room into a laboratory. She worked as a doctor for refugees after Italy got liberated from Germany. Her discoveries of nerve growth factor helped a lot in understanding cells which leads to a lot of medical development. Because of her brilliant findings she received a Nobel Prize in the field of Medicine.

J.K.Rowling (Joanne "Jo" Rowling) best known as the author of the Harry Potter series
J.K.Rowling (Joanne "Jo" Rowling) best known as the author of the Harry Potter series

J.K.Rowling

Her popularity as an author began when she started writing the Harry Potter series. These books obtain worldwide attention and and became the best-selling book series in the history. Her life is a best example of "rags to riches" success story as she began living in a small village on state benefits to becoming a multi-millionaire.

Like every success stories, her life wasn't easy. She experienced a lot of heartaches and trials such as her mother's death and her divorce from her first husband but she still persevered despite these trials. Her inspiration with Harry Potter had opened a lot of doors for her, aside from being a multimillionaire because of the success of the books and its film adaptations, she didn't forget to give back her blessings by founding Volant Charitable Trust which fights social inequality and poverty. The funds are also given to organizations that focuses on multiple sclerosis research, groups that aids children and one parent families.

Oprah Gail Winfrey Former Talk Show host and CEO of Harpo Productions
Oprah Gail Winfrey Former Talk Show host and CEO of Harpo Productions

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is a Hollywood celebrity known as the "Queen of All Media" and is the greatest black benefactor who promotes welfare for others. She has been ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th Century. Her life wasn't smooth as well. She also lived in poverty on her early life and had been molested by her cousin,uncle and family friend which she revealed on her TV show addressing sexual abuse. At a young age of 14, Winfrey got pregnant but her son died shortly after birth. However, she didn't let these bitter experience overpower her dreams. Winfrey chose a career in media, becoming a news anchor then leaping into becoming a tv host show, and now she's already a chairwoman and CEO of her own company Harpo Productions.

Oprah's effect to the public is very powerful that her opinions and endorsements are valued highly. Winfrey also held fundraisers which gained lots of supporters. Her works also includes helping less fortunate including animals. Oprah's leadership skills is truly amazing.


Kathryn Ann Bigelow - first woman to receive the Academy Award for Best Director in 2009
Kathryn Ann Bigelow - first woman to receive the Academy Award for Best Director in 2009

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Ann Bigelow is the first woman to win n the Academy for Best Director with the movie The Hurt Locker. She proved that women shouldn't resist doing what they love to do and no obstacles especially gender should stop you in making things that you love. She has an impressive lists of films she directed, the most successful by far is the Hurt Locker. Her winning the academy proves that women can also make good quality films deserving to be recognized by different kinds of genders.

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was Britain's first female prime minister who served 3 consecutive terms in office. She was a powerful influence in the history of politics. Margaret was known as the "Iron Lady" due to her unyielding leadership style. Her greatest contribution includes her being ethical and her courage to stand up for her goals and standards. She promoted competitiveness and fight for freedom. She believe that every individual has the right on how to run their lives free from the management of the government.

Be courageous

These women mentioned above are just a few of the many influential inspiring women that shaped the history of the world. All of these women proved that gender shouldn't be a hindrance on attaining your goals and mission in life. It's not an easy task, expect to encounter challenges and failures but if you put all your heart and effort towards your goal, in the end you will reach the pot of gold.

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    • sparklingcrystal profile imageAUTHOR

      sparklingcrystal 

      4 years ago from Manila

      I totally agree. A true role model who everyone should look up to.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I think Mother Teresa has touched so many lives with her simple faith and words of wisdom. Good topic and well presented.

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