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Mothers across the globe – Neha Modgil on the radar!

Women across the world are rising against all the hurdles that are put their way. Today women might still be a minority according to social and societal propaganda, but there is no doubt in saying that women have proved that from societal pressures to emotional barriers, they can withstand everything. Women are strong and powerful and determined to do what they have put their mind to do, even if it means crossing a thousand oceans and offending a million onlookers, a woman will not stop for anyone if she has invested her heart and soul into it. It would be very feminist to say that women don’t complain, but seriously when a woman decided not to complain and do everything with the belief that everything will work out for good, that belief strengthens the order of nature to actually work out for good and actually makes the world a better…

Rachel Carson

American marine biologist, Rachel Louise Carson was the author of Silent Spring, a groundbreaking book that is nationally credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Other books on conservation by Rachel Carson include Under The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea, and Witness for Nature. She was also the author or numerous articles, one of which was deemed too good for the publication it was intended for, and turned into one of her award-winning books. Rachel started her career as an aquatic biologist for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. Her environmental attention turned to conservation and she fought to bring environmental concerns to the attention of the American people. She was born in 1907 on a small family farm in Pennsylvania. An avid reader as a child, she began writing stories as young as eight years old. Her first story was published when she was only ten in…

Top 10 most inspirational & influential Irish women

Ireland has a long and checkered history. And Irish women have registered tremendous success over the years, with some going on to become opinion leaders in business, politics, religion, and even in a sporting sense. Legends like Katie Taylor, Mary Robinson, and later day heroes like Sonia O’Sullivan have stridden through Ireland- and indeed the rest of the World- like a colossus. As usual, here at youowntheworld , we love celebrating women who have broken through the glass ceiling. Here now are our top 10 inspirational Irish Women: Mary Robinson A renowned human rights crusader, Mary has been a woman of many firsts. In 1990, she became the first woman president of Ireland evolving into an activist rather than a figurehead like her predecessors. Then, she was the first UNHCR commissioner to visit war-ravaged Somalia as well as Rwanda soon after the genocide. Despite being in a prominent family, she…

Talk About It – World Hijab Day

A young girl discovers the significance of World Hijab Day, what the Hijab means to the women who wear them, and addresses common misconceptions and stereotypes. From this unique perspective, she conveys how important it is for people to understand each other, celebrate our differences, and the richness that diversity brings.

The Mirabal Sisters

While under the tyranny of a corrupt dictatorship, three brave sisters – Minerva, Patria and Maria Mirabal – set out to create a safe, just world for the people of the Dominican Republic. The Mirabal Sisters, who called themselves “Las Mariposas” (“The Butterflies”), resisted the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and participated in clandestine acts against his political reign. They were assassinated on his orders on November 25, 1960, which turned them into folk legends and symbols of the power of feminine resistance. November 25th was chosen as the International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women to commemorate the day of their assassination. These brave women grew up in a middle-class family on a farm in the Dominican Republic. They were intelligent, college-educated women who went on to marry and have families of their own, in addition to their political activities. Due in part to the influence of their…

Oprah Winfrey

There simply is no way to talk about women in media without talking about the incomparable Oprah Winfrey. Breaking every stereotype, Oprah Winfrey has seen an extraordinary rise from newscaster to talk show host to producer to media mogul. Often called the Queen of All Media, she’s also an actress and producer. A few of the firsts Miss Winfrey has achieved: only multi-billionaire African American woman youngest news anchor WLAC-TV in Nashville first black female news anchor at WLAC-TV Talk Show Host The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered in 1986. Originally styled along the lines of a tabloid talk show, Winfrey was instrumental in steering The Oprah Winfrey Show to more respected programming. The show began tackling topics like breast cancer and domestic violence and conducting A-list celebrity interviews. The Oprah Winfrey Show launched the careers of prominent guests including Dr. Phil McGraw and Iyanla Vanzant. Book Club Oprah’s Book Club…

Women’s Equality Day

The first petition for the national holiday, Women’s Equality Day, was made in 1971 when New York Congresswoman and Democratic Representative, Bella Abzug, successfully petitioned Congress to set August 26th aside as a designated holiday. August 26th was specifically selected to coincide with the 19th constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day further commemorates the Women’s Strike for Equality that was held on the same date in 1970, marking the 50th anniversary of the successful ratification of women’s suffrage. The first official celebration of Women’s Equality Day was held on August 26, 1973. Women’s Equality Day celebrates more than women’s right to cast their vote in all US governmental elections. It also celebrates the plethora of contributions women have made to society and to this country. In 1973, then President Richard Nixon stated, “The struggle for women’s suffrage, however, was only the first step toward…

Yi So-Yeon

There’s not many South Korean women more inspirational than Yi So-Yeon. Growing up in a small town where most employment opportunities were involved in agriculture, generations before her were forbidden from learning to read and write in order to free up time to work the land. Her passion for engineering came from watching her dad performing DIY around the house and helping him with odd jobs. This inspired her to do very well at science and engineering at school, her performances earning her a place on the gifted program at her high school. It wasn’t long until she was granted a place at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology studying Mechanical Engineering and Biosystems at Ph.D level. At one point during her Ph.D, she presented at an international event in Japan, attended by over 40 countries and she was the only female! In 2006, So-Yeon become a finalist,…

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys, is a singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. Born in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, she is an only child of mixed racial heritage. Her mother is Italian, Scottish, and Irish, while her father is African American. Keys’ parents separated when she was a toddler and she was raised by her single mother. Determined to show her daughter a better life, Alicia’s mother enrolled her in music and dance classes. Her aptitude for classic music had her playing classic pieces by Beethoven and Chopin at the age of twelve. As a teen, she attended the prestigious Professional Performing Arts School, where she started writing songs at fourteen. She graduated as valedictorian of her class. Soon after her high school graduation, Keys briefly attended Columbia University. Soon after she resigned from the school to focus on her musical career, she met Jeff Robinson, who went on to become her manager. He introduced…

Susan Burton

Susan Burton is an amazing woman who proves that no matter what life throws your way, you can overcome it! She’s proof that it’s never too late to recreate yourself, improve your future, and create a life you’ll love living! Born and raised in the projects of East Los Angeles, her childhood was harrowing and full of challenges. She was further devastated in her young adulthood when her five-year-old son was accidentally struck and killed by a police car. Devastated by the loss of her son, Burton turned to drugs to alleviate her grief and was eventually arrested and convicted for her use of crack cocaine. She became addicted to crack cocaine while struggling through the grief process with no therapy in an underprivileged, disadvantaged community. Burton went on to spend most of the 1980s and 90s in and out of jail. She was arrested and confined to jail or…