The Top 5 Most Inspirational Women of All Time
Courageous. Intelligent. Talented. Ambitious. Honest. Determined. Compassionate. Legendary. These are but a few of the many words we could use to describe the influential and inspiring women on this earth. Some are still living among us, fighting for change and others have passed on and left their mark on the world like a perpetual footprint that will never fade.
There have been women who have changed the world, who have fought for those less fortunate, who work every day to make life easier for others.
As we have just celebrated International Women’s Day, I would like to use this as an opportunity to spread some encouragement and some motivation to the women out there who are in need of some confidence and drive right now to ignite that hunger for change and justice.
To push the smart, creative, enthusiastic women of the world to get out there, say what’s on your mind and use that spirit and hope to become who you want to be.
This is the top five most inspirational women of all time.
- Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was one of the most generous women in history. She was a nun who was committed to helping the poor. She left her family home at 18 and moved to Ireland and from that day, she never saw her family again. She once taught children how to read and write using nothing more than dirt and sticks and then went on to open a home for homeless children and also a home for people who were suffering with leprosy. She was truly inspirational in the amazing work she did and she was canonized in 2016. 19 years after she passed away.
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”
- Michelle Obama
We’ve all heard her name and seen her face on TV and in magazines. You know she is the wife of ex-USA President, Barack Obama, but what you may not know is that she grew up in a one bedroom apartment in Chicago with her brother and her parents. She didn’t come from money and she worked hard to become the person she is today. She has a masters degree and she studied Law at Harvard. When she was the first lady, she launched “Lets Move!” which was an initiative to tackle the problem of childhood obesity in the USA. She also started a school lunch program which provides healthy lunches for 21 million children from low income families. Childhood obesity is a major problem in the USA and Michelle Obama wanted to combat it and make a real change. Now, thanks to the programmes and initiatives that she has launched, millions of children have better lives.
“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude”
- Rosa Parks
You’ve most likely heard about Rosa Parks from your history teacher in school.
You might know that she is the lady that refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man in 1955. She is the lady that stood up for herself in a time when black people were belittled and treated as inferior. She fought for equality and for fairness and she started a ground-breaking boycott of the bus which lasted for 381 days. Following this, the city of Montgomery, Alabama, revoked its law regarding racial segregation and african-americans were no longer made sit at the back of the bus.
This act was fearless and brave and she is known as ‘the first lady of civil rights’
“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people”
- Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart really raised the bar high when it comes to following your dreams.
Sky high in fact.
Amelia was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic and at the time. It was 1928 and at the time, she was on the sixth women to ever get a pilots licence.
She was also the first women to be award the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Amelia was inspiring because she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a pilot and even though society didn’t always approve, she chased her goals anyway. She broke flying records that were held by men and she was an inspiration to many young women who also wanted a career in aviation but were too afraid to go against the grain.
Remember, this was a time when women were taught how to cook and sew and to be a good wife to their husband. It was very out of the ordinary for a female to take a career as a pilot yet Amelia wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Despite her tragic end, she accomplished her goals and dreams and is an incredibly strong role model.
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others”
- Princess Diana
She got every young girls dream; to marry a Prince and live in a castle and have people adore her.
This may be true but Princess Diana was much more than this.
She was very intelligent and extremely humanitarian. She used her status and her fame to help people all over the world. She made headlines when she visited an AIDs centre and shook hands with the patients without gloves and again when she walked across an active mine field as part of an initiative to ban land mines. When she was out in public with the royal family, she was always seen shaking hands with the people, smiling at them, accepting flowers from them. She had a beautiful personality that shined through the cameras. She was the most famous women in the world and even though she has sadly passed away, she has still left her mark in the hearts around the world.
“I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head”
There are plenty of women out there in the world doing great deeds and following their dreams.
What’s stopping you from being one of them?
Lizzie tries to do her best to make a positive change in the community and she regularly volunteers to help the homeless and the elderly living alone. She’s also been part of an organisation called Junior Achievement and has gone to schools to teach children from disadvantaged areas.
She has taken part in numerous fundraising events for many different charities and organisations. She’s done everything from fasting to skydiving from 10,000 feet.
Her hobbies include gaming, reading, playing the ukulele, zumba, cooking and trying to befriend her grumpy pet hedgehog, Peeves.