March 8 – International Women’s Day – A Day Without a Women

By Melissa Snyte
 
  • 1. Queen Elizabeth I.

    Queen Elizabeth I
  • 2. Marie Curie

    Marie Curie
  • 3. Coco Chanel

    Coco Chanel
  • 4. Mother Teresa

    Mother Teresa
  • 5. Margaret Thatcher

    Margaret Thatcher
  • 6. Madonna

    Madonna
  • 7. Christiane Amanpour

    Christiane Amanpour

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay,” Madonna, who needs no further introduction was once quoted as saying. Margaret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth I, Marie Curie, Cleopatra, Coco Chanel, Benazir Bhutto, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mother Teresa, and countless other strong-willed women expressed their strengths in many different variations of how Madonna declared hers. Some women did not even need to speak to change the world.

Can You Imagine a World Without Women?

Throughout the world’s history, it was, us, women who have had to struggle to be respected and to be on equal footing with our male counterparts. In most parts of the world, women were not born with rights that many of us in many parts of the world enjoy today — the right to vote, the right to education, the right to praise, hope and love, the right to seek justice, among many other things.

Even decades after the United Nations has promulgated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, more work needs to be done to advance the interests of women. Nevertheless, there have been countless women in history who have faced extraordinary feats and who found non-traditional ways of unearthing societal plagues and created solutions that changed the world forever.

Here are just some of the most influential women in the history of the world:

1. Queen Elizabeth I.

Queen Elizabeth I

She is responsible for molding England into the mighty nation it is today. In her 44 years of rule, one of her greatest achievements was in bringing down the once indestructible Spanish Armada.

2. Marie Curie

Marie Curie

She was awarded the Nobel Prize for two times, once in Physics and later on in Chemistry. She is best known for her work on radioactivity, the prerequisite knowledge for what would later be developed as X-rays, one of the most useful devices in medical practice.

3. Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

The Parisian fashion icon is credited for her ‘democratizing’ work on women’s clothing. She created women’s trousers and made women’s dresses out of jerseys. These creations finally freed women from the uncomfortable corset. As such, they were able to breathe and move better to pursue their goals and even challenge men. She summarizes for us, all the tools in a woman’s command: “Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!”

4. Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Canonized as a Saint late in 2016, her humble and able care for the poor and the needy demonstrated the strength of women in many ways than one. She founded the Missionaries for Charity, inspiring the world to give both resources and devote time to personally share what they have to others who have little. She highlighted the crucial role of women in society when she said that, “The woman is at the heart of the home.”

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5. Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

The first woman Prime Minister of England stayed in power for 11 years. She is loved by many and hated by more. It is her decisive, uncompromising stance on difficult issues such as the Cold War, democracy, abolition of unions, to name a few, for which she later came to be known as ‘The Iron Lady’. She once said, “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman”.

6. Madonna

Madonna

The stage name she has chosen alone is an aberration of the traditional perception of women, that is, meek and conservative. Her life is a living testament to the history of feminism itself. Her music speaks of self-expression, openness and freely exploring the female sexuality. Her songs also open fired on racism, societal double standards against women, even the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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7. Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour

“They always call me fearless and I’ve always felt embarrassed because nobody is really fearless, it’s about how you manage fear,” she would go on to say on a video featuring her on makers.com. She was raised a Catholic while growing up in Tehran, Iran. She put war and conflict on the news, beginning with Iran then, later on Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan and all the other troubled regions of the world. She put the spotlight on the real casualties of war — women and children among them.

CONCLUSION

Clearly, women have made unparalleled contributions in all aspects that affect the lives of both men and women throughout the world. On Women’s Day, let us celebrate the life, light, wisdom, love and hope that the mere humbling presence of a woman brings.

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Melissa Snyte

Melissa Snyte has been a part of TheBeautyInsiders for over 6 years. Makeup is not just a hobby for her but it’s a lifestyle. She found her love with the beauty industry and began contributing her ideas in this field. In her free time she enjoys painting and gardening.