TEN EMPOWERING WOMEN WHO HAVE TRANSFORMED OUR WORLD


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We honor International Women’s Day this month!

In honor of this unique subject, we would like to take a look back at the history of the female pioneers who, for various reasons, altered the modern world and made contributions to the global commercial landscape.

1. Michelle Obama

Mrs. Obama balances her roles as a mother of two, a lawyer, a community organizer, a social rights crusader, and the spouse of one of the most significant American presidents in history. Michelle motivates not just the people of the United States but the whole globe with her leadership. Michelle is dedicated to eradicating childhood obesity and improving nutrition, in addition to being a role model for young people, especially young African American women.

She is an incredible lady because, like us at Sassa, she devoted her heart and energy to the cause of combating the children’s obesity pandemic by collaborating closely with schools, researchers, and nutritionists!

2. COCO CHANEL

Possibly the most important fashion designer of all time, Coco Chanel eliminated all preconceived notions about what constitutes appropriate women’s attire and transformed the concept of “women’s fashion.” Even though women were often required to wear pants while doing traditionally masculine professions during the war, Chanel significantly contributed to the rise in popularity of pants as a fashion accessory. When Coco designed her famous suits, she was also among the first to incorporate menswear into women’s clothing. The ensemble was ideal for the post-war woman attempting to establish a profession in a world dominated by men.

I appreciate you setting a good example for both men and women in the fashion industry, Coco!

3. LINDA PANKHURST

A leading British advocate for women’s rights, Pankhurst spearheaded the effort to provide women with the right to vote. The Women’s Franchise League, which Emmeline formed, battled to provide married women with the right to vote in municipal elections. The first people to be called “suffragettes” were the members of the Women’s Social and Political Union, which Emmeline also assisted in founding. Emmeline dedicated her whole life to securing women’s voting rights since, historically speaking, they had very little say in anything. Shortly after women were given the same voting rights as men, Emmeline passed away in 1928.

4. KING BILLIE JEAN

A pioneer for women and the LGBT community, Billie Jean was a top-ranked women’s tennis player in the 1960s. She also co-founded World Team Tennis (WTT) and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated her as a Global Mentor for Gender Equality in 2008. She also won the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award in 2009, the Major League Baseball Beacon of Change Award in 2010, and a spot on the Presidential Delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Because of the significant progress she made for women in and outside of athletics during her illustrious athletic career, Billie Jean King is an inspiration.

5. FRIDA KAHLO

Renowned as a symbol of feminism, Frida Kahlo started painting after suffering serious injuries in a bus accident. Later on, Kahlo developed into a gifted artist and political activist. Kahlo’s reputation as an artist has expanded after her passing. Her use of color and style was bold, dramatic, and very creative. “The only woman who has expressed in her work an art of feelings, functions, and creative power” is how her husband described Kahlo. Frida was able to express her feelings to the world via her paintings, in fact. She was a remarkable painter, a remarkable lady, and a role model of courage.

6. OPRAH WINFREY

Oprah used “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as a platform to raise awareness of both her own and other people’s voices. She prompted others to reflect, communicate, express, and display their sentiments. Her journey from poverty, prejudice, and sexual assault to becoming one of the wealthiest and most influential women in the entertainment business is very inspiring. Oprah has actively supported a number of humanitarian concerns, such as giving underprivileged kids a better education, combating infant abuse and abandonment, and assisting young girls in becoming tomorrow’s leaders. Oprah has transcended borders of culture, geography, and gender, demonstrating to the world that one’s heart, not their surroundings, dictates their destiny in life.

7. The Mary Quant

Quant, a London native born in 1934, completed her art education qualification and trained as an apprentice couture milliner before starting to design and produce clothing. She launched her own retail business because she believed that for fashion to be accessible to the younger generation, it had to be inexpensive. The most popular pieces of the “Chelsea look” were the black stretch leggings and white plastic collars that were used to spruce up black dresses or T-shirts. According to Quant, the miniskirt was invented by the females who frequented her stores because they desired shorter and shorter skirts. Mary Quant was a talented artist who increased the independence of women.

8. THATCHER, MARGARET

During her tenure, Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, was a divisive symbol of conservative philosophy. Thatcher, sometimes known as the “Iron Lady,” led England as prime minister from 1979 to 1990. Her greatest achievements were the widespread privatization of public transportation and social housing, as well as the devastation of Britain’s historic industries via her assaults on labor unions. At the age of 87, Margaret Thatcher passed away in April 2013. Thatcher’s actions and ideas are still being contested by fans and adversaries alike, demonstrating the lasting impact she has had on Britain and other countries.

9. J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling started writing tales about a young wizard at a coffee shop when she was a single mother, and she went on to create one of the most popular books ever. Over £5 billion worth of films, novels, and theme parks have been made thanks to her inspiration. J.K. Rowling is distinct in that her literary contributions are mostly unrelated to her personal life, and her work has garnered more recognition than she herself does. Millions of youngsters were inspired by and had their imaginations captivated by Harry Potter.
She periodically does good deeds for individuals in need, and millions of people have benefited from her tales during trying times. Rowling established an organization that seeks to guarantee that every child is raised in a secure and nurturing environment.

10. Elizabeth II, Queen

The longest marriage of any British monarch is that of the Queen, who has been married for 68 years. Over 20 million people saw her coronation when it was broadcast in 1953. Twelve UK prime ministers, seven popes, and seven archbishops of Canterbury have all held office throughout her rule. In her lifetime, she has been to over 177 nations, participated in 130 formal picture sessions, and in 2012, she became the second British queen to commemorate her diamond jubilee. She became the longest-reigning queen of the United Kingdom in 2015. Millions of visitors visit the UK each year, drawn by Queen Elizabeth II’s regal bearing, prudence, and grandeur. The royal family must be the world’s most disciplined state household.

We owe these ladies a huge debt of gratitude because, without them, we would not be stronger than we are now.

From Sassa, happy International Women’s Day!


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