Aung Sang Suu Kyi (19
Nobel peace prize winner and the first woman to serve as State Counsellor of Myanmar, Burmese. Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest for 15 years for initiating a nonviolent movement of democracy and human rights in her country. She was arrested multiple times and put under house arrest, however she refused to leave the country to acquire her own freedom. Aung San Suu Kyi was also awarded the International Simón Bolívar Prize in 1992 and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in 2007, becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners.
"In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued."
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Best known as the English social reformer and nurse who served during the Crimean war. She spent so many nights caring for wounded soldiers that she became known as the "lady with a lamp" and was the founder of modern nursing,
"I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results."
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)
The first female aviator who flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean and received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record.
"Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others."
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
The civil rights activist who spurred a city-wide boycott after refusing to surrender her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her actions forced a change in the laws requiring segregation on public buses. Later, the United States Congress dubbed her "the mother of the freedom movement."
"I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move."
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized French Scientist and the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize, which she was awarded for two separate categories. The first was for her research in radioactivity; her second was for Chemistry in 1911. A few years later, she also helped develop the first X-ray machines.
"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
"If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."
Helen Keller (1880–1968)
American Educator and Social Activist Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing after contracting an illness at 19 months old. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Keller made tremendous progress in her ability to communicate and went on to college. Overcoming the tremendous obstacles of being both blind and deaf, she became one of the 20th century's leading humanitarians.
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)
She was the first female prime minister of India and a rare example of a woman rising to the most powerful position in Indian society. During her administration, Gandhi pushed for equal pay for men and women and enshrined it into her country's constitution. While giving a speech on “True Liberation Of Women” in 1980, she said, “To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man, but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.”
"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave."
Kathrine Virginia "Kathy" Switzer
Best known for being the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967. Switzer continued to run even after race organizer Jock Semple attempted to forcefully remove her. Other male runners provided a protective shield for Switzer so she could finish the race.
"All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other."