This article is going to be about some very influential women from the history across the world who have made it up to bring the equality for women or worked of different social, political and environment arenas. From Elizabeth to Wangari Mathai and Aung San Suu Kyi, each one of these has emerged as a powerful women, the boss in their sections.
Let’s look at the influential women across the world and their achievements:
1. Wangari Mathai
2004 Nobel Peace Prize winning environmentalist Wangari Mathai is a Kenyan political activist who founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977. This organization is an effort to empower women to improve sustenance and to conserve environment. The Kenyan women had to struggle for firewood for fuel, water and secured food. So Green Belt movement (GBM) was created under the auspices of National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to encourage women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work. This movement has now teaming up with the United Nations Environment Programme.
2. Aung San Suu Kyi
Inspired by Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, she is a politician and a human right activist in Myanamar. She organised rallies and demanded for free elections in the country and was prisoned for almost 15 years. Then she got released in 2010 and now leading the opposition party in Myanamar’s politics.
3. Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). This group was well-known for hunger strike and led the women’s right to vote movement. Unfortunately she died three weeks before the law had been passed of giving equal rights to women to vote.
4. Indira Gandhi
As the first women Prime Minister of India, in one of the largest democratic country of the world, Indira Gandhi became an influential figure for Indian women as well as for others around the world. She is known for her decision t rage war against Pakistan in 1971 which led to India’s victory and creation of Bangladesh as well as increasing India’s stranglehold in other countries.
5. Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet was an American author and anti-slavery campaigner. Her renowned novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is a depicture of the lives of American slaves which became influential in United States and Britain. It helped in popularising the anti-slavery movement. Abraham Lincoln admired Beecher Stowe at the White House by saying: “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war,” in reference to the civil war.
6. Rani of Jhansi
Lakshmibai was the queen of Maratha ruled Jhansi in India. She was one of the prominent figure of Indian Rebellion of 1857. Being a lady, she established a great example for Indian revolutionaries and became an influential figure for the people.
7. Elizabeth I of England
The queen of England Elizabeth is known for raising England’s status abroad and became the most important nations in Europe. Her reign is known as Elizabethan age and is considered as the Golden age of progress by historians like J.E. Neale and A.L. Rowse. Under her rule, the nation followed a defensive policy on a large scale and gained a self-confidence and sovereignty.