We celebrate the women who have had to speak louder to get their voices heard and have inspired us over the years and changed our world today for the better.
A day where the achievements of women in the past, present and future are recognised and accredited for of ethnic, social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
The first international Women’s day was celebrated back in 1908 when a crowd of fifteen thousand women marched on the streets of New York, fighting for their rights. Ever since then every year on March 8 the world puts their hands together to support, educate, inspire and motivate women across all aspects of work.
The purpose of this day is to focus on many themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, the importance of education and career prospects.
We’ve selected the 10 most inspiring women from around the world of film, fashion, politics and more…
“I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.” – Rosa Parks
The African- American Rosa Parks, known as the ‘first lady of civil rights’ was involved in a racially segregated Alabama in 1950s. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Disobeying the bus driver’s orders. This act of hers caused an explosion in the Montgomery Bus Boycott that crippled America’s capital public transport system.
“A large part of the present anxiety to improve the education of girls and women is also due to the conviction that the political disabilities of women will not be maintained.” – Millicent Fawcett
Millicent Fawcett devoted her life fighting for women’s rights. But remained an underrated leader of the suffrage movement, a campaign for the women’s right to vote. She encouraged her husband Henry Fawcett who was a politician to continue with this work, he was then after blinded in an accident.
“We are here not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.” – Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline, a feminist, was a significant women’s activist who battled along with her husband for the rights of the women in late 19th century and early 20th century. After the loss of her husband, her and her three daughters together formed ‘The Women’s Social and Political Union’. Best known as the suffragettes, the women’s right to vote.
“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” – Margaret Thatcher
Known as the ‘Iron lady’ for her leadership style. Margaret Thatcher was both loved and hated for some of her debateable policies but she never gave up. From being a grocer’s daughter to graduating from Oxford University to becoming a bannister, she went onto becoming Britain’s first only female Prime Minister elected in 1979 and America’s fifth longest leader.
“Democracy is the best revenge.” – Benazir Bhutto
Assassinated in a suicide attack in 2007. She was the eleventh Prime Minister of Pakistan and the first woman to head a Muslim state. Throughout her leadership, she was able to end military dictatorship in her country and fought for women rights.
“I am desperate for change – now – not in 8 years or 12 years, but right now”. – Michelle Obama
The first US African-American First Lady who not only inspires those on her home territory, her guidance and power reaches women all around the world. Raised in a one bedroom apartment in Chicago, previously dealt with racism, she went on to study at Princeton University and Harvard Law School and at one point produced more money than her husband. Through her role as First Lady, Obama has worked to support military families, help working women balance career and family, promoted the arts and arts education, and is currently working on a campaign to fight child obesity.
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna
Madonna, the women who shows us we can be young and free at any age, has accomplished an extraordinary level of power and control for a woman in the entertainment industry. She has sold more than 300 million records and has turned her hands to song writing, acting, film-directing and producing, fashion designing and writing children’s books.
“Figure out who you are separate from your family and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.” – Angelina Jolie
After sharing her double-mastectomy story, meaning she chose to have both her breasts removed although she was not diagnosed with cancer, she changed the face of breast cancer awareness. Empowering and allowing herself as a woman, to encourage other women to come forward with their own stories. An actress, philanthropist and UN diplomat ambassador since 2001, she has put herself in many dangerous situations in order to support others and continuously raises awareness for people in need. However, not enough praise or recognition is given to Angelina Jolie for her charity work and helping women who are rape victims in the time of wars.
“I want my kids to have a good work ethic. I believe you can achieve anything if you work hard enough to get it”. – Victoria Beckham
Posh Spice, previously a member from the 90s most brilliant yet infamously cheesy girl band ‘Spice Girls’, went onto reinvent herself as a respected and sought after fashion designer. Victoria Beckham worked extremely hard to create the brand Beckham and made her dreams come true in 2011 when she won the Designer Brand of the Year gong at the British Fashion Awards. She dresses everyone from Michelle Williams to Cameron Diaz.