This is a new piece I’d like to share with you. There are many people who have influenced me over the years. For a while, I’d like to share some of the women I admire. Their work and selfless dedication, lives on across the world. I want to be more like them. They are a reminder, we as women, cannot be silenced.
Malala Yousafazai – Pakistan
This young lady, at the age of 17 won the Nobel Peace Prize. Not only is she the youngest to make history for this award but has become a world advocate for girls’ education. Exposed to ruthless Taliban control over the Swat Valley in Pakistan, she enraged them by standing up to their threats. Her bravery drove the Taliban to an assassination attempt on her life. Shot in the face, Malala still could not be silenced.
“They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed,” the teen declared with her powerful speech at the United Nations. “And then, out of that silence came, thousands of voices. The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”
Former Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman and politician and the fourth elected Prime Minister of Israel. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister.
Princess of Wales – Diana
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” – Diana (1961-1997) Princess Diana was a well-loved “people’s princess”. She devoted her life to charity work. She led a Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign to ban landmines. Her children have continued to work for the benefit of others because of her example.
Mother Teresa, the Nobel Peace Prize winner (1979), dedicated her life to looking after the forgotten with no one to look after them. Her order “The Missionaries of Charity” worked tirelessly towards easing the suffering of others in India until her ill-health – that included two heart attacks, pneumonia and malaria. She stepped down in March 1997, and took her last breath in September 1997.