Women Power: Five Remarkable Women of All Times
This story celebrates womanhood through some awesome heroines in history who changed the world with their grit, determination and intelligence.
Since the beginning of time, women had it tough. They had to prove their mettle time and again to earn recognition and their place in the world reeking with a patriarchal mindset. They were considered weak emotionally and physically as compared to men and were considered adequate only in physical beauty. It took some powerful women to break the stereotype and establish themselves as equal to men. Women who were born in different places and different times accomplished the similar task of proving that they are no less than men. We take a look at some of those remarkable women in history.
Madame Marie Curie
Hailed as one of the greatest physicists of our times, Madame Curie branched out physics to form a new area of study called radioactivity; the term coined by her. She is known to discover two elements Radium and Polonium. Her efforts to aid cancer treatments by raising funds to develop dedicated laboratories are commendable. Curie was the first women to win a Nobel Prize, and she won it twice. Her outstanding efforts in the field of radioactivity resulted in her eventual demise due to radiation exposure.
Earhart is known as the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was born in a time when aviation was still at its infancy, and she was determined to fly. In 1932, Earhart successfully flew an airplane from Newfoundland USA to Derry, Ireland in a 15-hour long flight. She mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate around the world, never to be found.
An Afro-American, Parks openly challenged the racial discrimination in the US by refusing to vacate her seat to a white man in 1955. The incident sparked a nationwide protest which garnered the support of fellow African Americans and subsequently turned into civil rights movements. Rosa Parks is known as a national hero of the United States of America.
Before Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon, an astronaut named Valentina Tereshkova spent three days in the outer space and orbited 48 times around the earth. She achieved this feat in 1963 and rightfully earned the honour of the hero of the Soviet Union.
A writer and philosopher, Wollstonecraft wrote her seminal work ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Women’ as early as in 1792. Her book strongly advocated the importance of women education and their emancipation. The text serves as a foundation of modern feminism. It was written against the backdrop of the French Revolution of 1789.