Celebrating amazing women!
8th March is International Women’s Day. I wanted to take some time to appreciate and celebrate some amazing achievements, careers and quotations of just a small selection of awesome women that, I believe, have made the world a better place.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)
Writer, philosopher, feminist and advocate of women's rights and education.
“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.
“I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.”
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)
Political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.
“You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way.”
Annie Oakley (1860-1926)
Sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Annie’s amazing talent first came to light at 15 years old, when she won a shooting match, against traveling-show marksman.
“Aim at a high mark and you'll hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second time. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect.”
Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)
Writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist.
“Most people, after one success, are so cringingly afraid of doing less well that they rub all the edge off their subsequent work.”
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. Jointly with her husband, Pierre, and Henri Becquerel, Marie was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their combined, though separate, work on radioactivity.
“Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it.”
Marie Stopes (1880-1958)
Author, palaeobotanist, campaigner for eugenics and women's rights, pioneer of the family planning movement.
“You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.”
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Author, political activist, and lecturer. Helen was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”
Coco Chanel (1883-1971)
Fashion designer, businesswoman and founder of Chanel brand.
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
Politician, diplomat, activist and longest-serving First Lady of the United States.
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
Writer and creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple.
“Very few of us are what we seem.”
Amelia Earhart (1897-1939)
Author and aviation pioneer. Amelia was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment.
“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.”
Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992)
Computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral.
“A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.”
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
Civil Rights Movement Activist. Although not the first person to refuse to give up her bus seat in the “colored section" to a white passenger, she was deemed to be the best candidate to see through the court proceedings. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)
Stateswoman and central figure of the Indian National Congress. Indira was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India.
“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
Katharine Graham (1917-2001)
First female publisher of a major American newspaper.
“To love what you do and feel that it matters how could anything be more fun?”
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)
Chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.
“Science, for me, gives a partial explanation for life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment.“
Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
Stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
Queen Elizabeth II (1926-)
The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history.
“It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.”
Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist.
“I am a Woman
Anne Frank (1929-1945)
Diarist and Holocaust victim.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
Audrey Heburn (1929-1993)
Actress, model, dancer and humanitarian
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!”
Sandra Day O’Connor (1930-)
The first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.
“The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.”
Toni Morrison (1931-)
Novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Toni won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988.
”You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
Dame Barbara Mary Quant (1934-)
Fashion designer and fashion icon.
“Risk it, go for it. Life always gives you another chance, another go at it. It's very important to take enormous risks.”
Dame Jane Goodall (1934-)
Primatologist and anthropologist
“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”
Dame Judi Dench (1934-)
Award winning actress.
“Most things don’t work out as expected, but what happens instead often turns out to be the good stuff.”
Gloria Steinem (1934-)
Feminist, journalist, and social political activist.
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
Anita Roddick (1942-2007)
Businesswoman, human rights activist, environmental campaigner, and founder of The Body Shop.
“If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.”
Billie Jean King (1943-)
Former World No. 1 professional tennis player.
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
Dame Helen Mirren (1945-)
Actress. Helen is one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting - an Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award.
“I think every woman in our culture is a feminist. They may refuse to articulate it, but if you were to take any woman back 40 years and say ‘is this the world you want to live in?’ they would say ‘no’.”
Aung San Suu Kyi (1945-)
Politician, diplomat, and author, and winner of a Nobel Peace Prize.
“I don't think of myself as unbreakable. Perhaps I'm just rather flexible and adaptable.”
Diane Von Furstenberg (1946-)
A fashion designer best known for her wrap dress, and fashion company (DVF).
"The minute I knew I was about to be Egon's wife, I decided to have a career. I wanted to be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts."
Meryl Streep (1949-)
Actress. Meryl has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it 3 times, and has been nominated 30 times for the Golden Globes and won them 8 times!
“It’s good to push yourself and do what you don’t necessarily want to do, that if you’re not automatically good at it, you should try it. Trying is so important.”
Eve Ensler (1953-)
Playwright, performer, feminist, and activist; best known for her play The Vagina Monologues.
“When you bring consciousness to anything, things begin to shift.”
Oprah Winfrey (1954-)
Media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
Ellen Degeneres (1958-)
Comedian, talk show host, actress, writer, producer and LGBT activist.
“It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique.”
Singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman.
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)
Humanitarian, campaigner, patroness of several charities and organisations.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
Michelle Obama (1964-)
Lawyer, writer and First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.
“Just try new things. Don't be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar”
J.K. Rowling (1965-)
Novelist, screenwriter, and producer.
“I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”
Sheryl Sandberg (1969 -)
Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, founder of Leanin.org, activist and author.
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
Tarana Burke (1973 -)
A civil rights activist who is known for her ‘Me Too’ campaign to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in our society today.
“You have to use your privilege to serve other people.“
Emma Watson (1990 -)
Actress and activist.
“I don’t want fear of failure to stop me doing what I really care about.”
Malala Yousafzai (1997 -)
Activist for female education and advocate for human rights. Malala is also the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
“The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women.”
Please celebrate the fantastic women in your life, today and everyday!