We find tons of people to admire because of their work, their personality or basically anything that we think we want to be in the future. I’ve come to realize all the powerful women that exist in the world, which may or may not be as famous as all the celebrities, but (in my opinion) deserve as much respect for all the work they’ve done in the world. Here are some examples of powerful and brave women that I personally admire and why:
1. Brené Brown
This American scholar, author and public speaker has shown thousands of people around the world how to embrace vulnerability, to not feel ashamed of it and to let other people see just who you are. Her talks and books do nothing but to show you that it’s okay to be imperfect, to love yourself and take all the things that make you who you are and get them out of your inner box to let the whole world see them.
2. Diana Nyad
I mean… do I really need to go any further than her name?
This swimmer showed all of the world last year that absolutely anything is possible if you just never give up. At age 64, she was able to do what no one else ever did, to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. Seriously, this kind of determination in life is what I’ve always wanted.
3. Rosa Parks
As a foreign person, I didn’t hear of her until much later, but it was better this way, because I was able to fully understand what she meant to the civil rights of America. This African-American Civil Rights activist was the sparkle that led to the Civil Rights Movement when on December 1, 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a bus, at the request of a white person, saying that she was tired of being treated like a second-class citizen. She was then arrested but became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation, and of course, eventually released.
4. Billie Jean King
Besides the fact that she is one of the greatest female tennis player of all times (I’m not forgetting about Margaret Court), she was completely committed to the sexual equality, from sports to all the parameters of life, and defeating Bobby Riggs (number one male tennis player) in the process, making it harder not to admire her.
5. Aung San Suu Kyi
Okay, this woman is just awesome. First of all, she is a Burmese opposition politician, she worked in the United Nations, is a chairperson of the National League for Democracy, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 (among many others) for all her contributions to the democracy of her country, and above all, for doing it based on Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence. She was detained under house arrest for 15 years, in which she wasn’t even able to pick up her Nobel Prize. She was released in 2010.
6. Oprah Winfrey
Of course I was going to name her. Since I’m pretty sure everyone knows her, I won’t go any deeper, I’m just going to say that everything this woman has done has empowered every thought the world has on strong women, because against all odds she became successful, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and a true inspiration, (and she nailed it).
7. Jane Austen
When I think of strong independent women that somehow have changed the world, it is impossible not to think of her. I mean, the way she wrote her novels, the irony of her writings, her thoughts of women on human society (considering she was born on 1775) and the way I still dream about some Mr. Darcy knocking at my front door, makes her worth my respect.
8. Michelle Obama
Another woman that was impossible not to name. She was a middle class African-American citizen who fought her way up to an amazing success (regardless of being the First Lady) and let’s say it, with an amazing body shape!
9. Eleanor Roosevelt
This woman was into so many things that I could name them all day, so I’m just gonna focus on her human rights achievements. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the Civil Rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, the rights of World War II refugees, and she pressed the US to join and support the United Nations and became one of its first delegates. Also, she was the First Lady between 1933 and 1945.
10. Marie Curie
Maybe is the fact that I’m studying chemistry and pharmacology, and that I already have that scientific sparkle inside of me, but I just love this woman, and it is impossible not to! Considering she was a physicist and chemist (hello! on the XIX century) first one that researched on radioactivity, and she was the first woman on winning a Nobel Prize, and not one, but two times in two different fields! Seriously, talk about brains!
So next time you need a role model, just look for these women, because they are living proof that no one can stop us, and an eternal reminder that anything we want is possible if we try hard enough and never ever give up!
Connie Fuentes Coros is a Chilean college student, loves to write about anything that comes through her head, spend most of her life with her headphones on, and too much time in front of her computer. You can see her complaining about her first world problems on her Twitter, having tons of “Story of my life” memes on her Pinterest boards, and posting dozens of music videos on her Facebook page.
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