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In 2014, Forbes listed Chinese actress Yao Chen as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world. Born in the Fujian province of China, the star of rom-coms and action flicks has been dubbed the Angelina Jolie of China. Yao Chen made her acting debut in 2005’s My Own Swordsman. She went on to play in the show, Undercover, and made her stage debut as the heroine of A Story of Lala’s Promotion in 2009. Chen won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress in 2010. A media darling Chen is a beautiful, young woman, wife and mother. She could settle comfortably into her own little world and simply bask in fame if she chose to do so. Far from hiding behind her fame, Yao Chen uses it to advocate for the charities and environmental and human rights causes she supports, one of which is the United Nations Refugee Agency.…

Born to immigrant parents – her father was Australian, while her mother was Cuban – Soledada O’Brien is a broadcast journalist and executive producer. O’Brien is also a television anchor and correspondent. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America, and HBO. She has also co-anchored CNN’s American Morning and was the anchor of the CNN morning news program, Starting Point. Because Interracial marriage remained illegal in Maryland until 1967, O’Brien’s parents married in 1958 in Washington, D.C., where marriage laws were not as restrictive. One of six children, she valued education and enrolled in Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1984 as a pre-med and English and American literature major. She completed her education at Harvard University in 2000 and embarked on a career as a medical reporter with WXKS-FM in Boston. She followed this position with a job as Associate Producer at WBZ-TV in Boston. After that, she was…

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…

We cannot run short when listing all of the accomplishments that women have achieved over the past couple of years. It feels good to finally see that society is embracing the efforts that women have forged in numerous sectors. Women have been greatly shunned and disenfranchised from experiencing almost all of the fulfillment there is in this life – from participation in politics, participation in the workforce and participation in certain sports, to participation in running countries and various affairs. However, things are changing and women no longer have to live in men’s shadow.  With numerous achievements from all walks of life, women deserve to be recognized and celebrated  across the globe. In the political genre, women have hit groundbreaking moves. Women have advocated for constitutional changes in various countries so they can be acclimated into the society.  From gaining women representatives in politics to attaining greater equality in the…

International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation is the international day of awareness to eradicate the brutal and cruel act of female genital mutilations and to support the rights of girls and women. Female genital mutilation has been recognized as the violation of human rights of women. According to a report, approximately 200 million women are living today who have undergone genital mutilation procedures across 30 countries. To completely eliminate this violent act, it is important to understand what female genital mutilation is, the harmful risks caused by it, and to spread awareness. What is female genital mutilation (FGM)? First, it is important to know what FGM is. It is also referred to as a female circumcision or female genital cutting. It involves cutting whole or partially removing some part of female external genitalia for non-medical reasons. It also…

Dr. Joanne Liu is a Canadian pediatrician born in Quebec, Canada. Like many women, she was inspired in her youth to strive for great things. At the age of thirteen, Joanne read a book about Doctors Without Borders and began dreaming of one day joining their ranks. She spent her academic career working toward that dream. Taking her education very seriously, she excelled in high school and went on to obtain several degrees on the road to becoming a doctor. After graduating from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Liu trained in pediatric medicine at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine. She later trained in pediatric emergency care at Bellevue Hospital Center of the New York University School of Medicine. Working toward her dream to join Doctors Without Borders, she worked with Malian refugees in Mauritania. Dr. Liu also provided medical support after the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake…

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…

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,…

It’s not easy to find the words to capture the true essence, magnitude, impact and significance of a good mother, but here are 15 of our favorite quotes about mothers that say it best: 1.  “A child’s first teacher is its mother.” — Peng Liyuan 2.  “Having kid —the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” —Maria Shriver 3.  “Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” —Kate Winslet 4. “You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible.” —Naya Rivera 5.  “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” —Oprah Winfrey…

Sherri Dickson is an amazing woman. Most women consider their childbearing years over by the time they reach their fiftieth birthday. In fact, they’re often into the joys of being a doting, grandmother by that time. Being a grandmother comes with a special set of privileges. It has many of the same joys of motherhood without the months of heartburn, extra weight, stretchmarks, diaper duty, and terrible twos. That’s part of what makes Sherri such an exceptional woman. Amazingly, Sherri gave birth – to her own granddaughter. Not only that, she did so while battling multiple sclerosis, a debilitating autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on the central nervous system. Sherri’s daughter, Mandy Stephens, looked forward to having children soon after her marriage in 2013. The couple was heartbroken to learn that natural conception wasn’t working for them. Stephens eventually became pregnant, but miscarried the baby boy they had decided to…