Today my English teacher asked me to write an essay about mothers because the 8th of March is approaching. But, since it is International Women’s Day, I will be writing about women who may or may not be mothers.
International Women’s Day first started as a socialist political event, but now it is considered as an occasion to express respect, appreciation and love towards women.
Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses. Other than acting, she was also a humanitarian and a fashion icon, and is regarded as the most naturally beautiful woman of all time. Hepburn was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF and she dedicated the remainder of her life to helping impoverished children in the poorest nations. Hepburn was fluent in Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian and German which made her travels easier. She had helped children all over the world. She had UNICEF send food to starving children in Ethiopia, she had also helped in South America, Turkey, Sudan, Bangladesh, Somalia and many more. Hepburn’s legacy as an actress and a personality has endured long after her death.
Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress and an inventor who became a pioneer in the field of wireless communications following her emigration to the United States. During World War II, Lamarr was inspired to contribute to the war effort, and focused her efforts on countering torpedoes. Along with co-inventor George Anthiel, they developed a “Secret Communications System” to help combat the Nazis in World War II. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel. At the time, they barely received any recognition for their immense work and innovation, but now Hedy Lamarr is recognized by everyone, as she thought ahead of her time.
Malala Yousafzai is a girl about our age who has done so much in short period of time that it is just striking and amazing. Growing up in Pakistan, the Taliban took hold of her area and banned girls from going to school. To make sure not a single girl went to school, they blew up some of the buildings. Malala started to keep a blog and wrote about her experiences living under the Taliban rule under a pseudonym. Since then she has been an advocate of education and empowerment for girls and is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. All of this made her a target. She survived a lethal gunshot wound from the Taliban in 2012 and, despite constant threats and intimidation, continued to be an activist for change and made a full recovery. She is a modern day hero.
Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, she actually won it twice, and the first woman to earn a doctorate in Europe. Her investigations led to the discovery of radioactivity as well as the element radium.
Amelia Earhart was first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, she opened the skies to other women. In 1937 while attempting to become the first person to fly around the world, Earhart’s plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist survived childhood polio and later a bus accident that led to seven operations. She began painting to escape her lifelong pain and is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
After a childhood disease left her deaf, mute, and blind, Helen Keller became an expert author and lecturer, educating nationally on behalf of others with similar disabilities.
When she refused to give up her seat to a white person on a crowded bus, Rosa Parks set in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a cornerstone of the civil rights movement. She has since been a strong advocate for human rights issues.
An actress and the host of a highly successful talk show, Oprah Winfrey has won several Emmy Awards. She has started her own TV production company and invested in media projects. She has also been a spokesperson for women’s health and family issues and for the prevention of child abuse.
We, women have done so much good to people that it saddens me when we receive little recognition for our immense work. Nevertheless, we should all be informed of female humanitarians, advocates, lawyers, mathematicians, physicists, etc. We are more than just pretty faces, we are powerful. Celebrate the 8th of March by respecting your mothers, sisters, grandmothers, relatives, friends. Let them know they are loved. Let them know they are smart. Be proud of yourselves.