Power Women, the definition is associated with successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring women. Women who are important to society and their environment or a specific target group, who set an example and/or are influencers. The words ‘Power Woman’ are often linked or are related to success, fame, wealth and happiness in the present tense.
Everyone seems to have different opinions on what truly makes a woman powerful. It is actions and not words that prove how strong a person truly is. The Power Woman is not only that successful woman who has a huge career, is very handsome or has a great company. No, the Power Woman is your mother, your sister or your aunt, your girlfriend or your neighbour.
Fortunately, many famous Power Women already exist in this world. We have compiled a list of our top 8 in random order. Women who inspire and contribute or have contributed to women’s emancipation. What can we learn from these Power Women? It is impossible to say who are the most influential or important- this depend on your own beliefs and interests. All these incredible females remind me that no matter what gender you are and where you come from you are never too old or too young to do something world changing:
Shirin Ebadi Ebadi was a successful judge who was removed from office after the Iranian Revolution because women were no longer allowed to hold this position of power. Since then, Ebadi has been fighting continuously for an equal opportunities policy and is an internationally acclaimed human rights lawyer. In 2003 she was the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which was later claimed to have been taken away by the Iranian government.
Indira Gandhi was the first elected female prime minister of India. She was in power for 15 years and demanded the historic Simla agreement from 1972 to end the war between India and Pakistan. “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave” – after the bloody division dispute between India and Pakistan, Gandhi had to inhabit these words to guarantee hope for peace. However not all of her decisions were popular, and she was assassinated in October 1984.
Audrey Hepburn was a humanitarian, dancer, actress and member of the Dutch resistance. Grateful for the humanitarian aid that helped her survive the German occupation during WWII as a child, at the height of her acting career, she quit, dedicating the remainder of her life to helping poverty-stricken children in the poorest nations. She taught us endless optimism: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says: I am possible!”
Oprah Winfrey is a talk show host, motivational speaker and has inspired countless people. Her natural style with guests and audiences on the Oprah Winfrey Show earned her widespread popularity, as well as her own production company, Harpo, Inc. She is the example that any woman can become a successful entrepreneur and build an empire.
Malala Yousafzai survived a murder attempt by the Taliban in retaliation for her activism for girl education and became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize ever. Malala is changing the world at her young age through her words and her work. She speaks up for every child’s right to quality education, equal rights for women and peace throughout the world. Malala is proof that one voice of passion and truth, however young and seemingly insignificant, can be heard and make a difference!
JK Rowling is the woman who taught the youth to read again. Her life is a classic rags-to-riches story. Her parents never received a college education, she lived for years with government assistance as a single mother, and overcame a dozen rejections from publishers to become, almost overnight, one of the most successful and widely read authors in history. JK earned so much from her Harry Potter books that at one point she was richer than the British queen – at least so whispered. JK donates a lot of money to charity organizations, travels the world to revive the pleasure of reading for children and co-founded the Children’s High Level Group- charity organisation, dedicated to the benefit of “children in desperate need of a voice.
Christiane Amanpour The British-Iranian is a great news correspondent who has been raising war coverage to a new level since her early years. As a very young editorial staff member, Amanpour was there when the Berlin Wall fell and when the Persian Gulf came under fire. She returned from Bosnia with strong stories and already divided her professional time between Afghanistan, Rwanda, Sudan, Pakistan, Syria and Somalia. Her open and honest manner of correspondence, even in the most difficult situations, is admired by many (female) journalism students. The respect is mutual, because Amanpour wants to give these young women every opportunity through the International Women’s Media Foundation that wants to raise the profile of female journalists and create more opportunities for them.
Dr. Nawal Al Saadawi, one of the oldest women who is still active in public life, was born in 1931 and is one of the most beloved feminists, writers, activists and psychiatrists in Egypt. Her books are primarily aimed at women in Islam as well as touching the subjects of feminism and sex. She is an active demonstrator against female genital mutilation and is the founder of both the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and the Arab Human Rights Association.
And maybe you should dare to look in the mirror now. Do you see yourself? You are stronger than you think. An ode to you …Power Woman!