Today, the world is “lucky” enough to be in a position whereby we no longer totally ostracize the greater half of our population. While the revelations in recent times is sure-fire proof that we have much work to do before we can all start high-fiving one another for creating an equal world, the previous century and a bit show we’re making rapid progress.
It’s odd to think that a century ago, women in Britain were unable to vote. It took a change a century ago – and many years of painful campaigning and misery for many – to allow just some women to get access to the right to vote. While today might seem far fairer, it’s not magic. It’s thanks to the work of some of the following quotes and inspirational worlds of some of the most interesting women in history that have made this possible.
Joan of Arc: “I am not afraid, I was born to do this.”
Given that Arc stems from an era whereby women on the battlefield were unheard of, her prowess and pathway to progression in France have gone down in legend. She fought fearlessly in battle, eventually dying in battle to defend her nation and her beliefs. As someone who fought for reinstatement of a ‘True King’ in France, believing it was God’s will, she led the French army against English invasion – and won.
Mother Teresa: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
While the legend of Mother Teresa has been shown to be somewhat different to the reality, the quote above is powerful indeed. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Teresa accomplished a great deal in life and spent three decades helping people long before her fame came along. Wed suggest that it was a devotion to the kind of thinking which made the above quote that ensured she stood out.
Amelia Earhart: “The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.”
Earhart is a true trailblazer and a major marker in the changing of the guard in human history. As a pioneer of women’s rights and the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, she was also the first women to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.
While she died in mystery, never to be found, Earhart’ above quote is a prescient reminder that only when we are in full control of ourselves, can we make an impact on others.
Rosa Parks: “I’m tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.”
Few people in this world, with such a minor act, have created such a lasting and impressive consequence through her actions. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, and it was in that moment a society-altering moment that, to this day, has helped change how people of minority backgrounds allow themselves to be treated – and rightly so!
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