A few days ago was International Women’s Day and while it was great to read and hear about the accomplishments of women worldwide, there’s no reason why the lovefest should stop there.
At least not until the end of the month anyway, because we’re currently in the midst of Women’s History Month.
Remember my recent post about two women who inspired me not too long ago? (of course you do!) Well that spurred me to honor 5 more women, who may not be very well known, but are inspiring other women every day, all over the world.
Can you imagine someone telling you you’ve just become King of a village in Ghana? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Peggielene Bartels, a secretary at the Ghanaian Embassy in the US. In 2008 she became the first female king of Otuam, reigning over approximately 7,000 people. Since becoming King she’s helped many impoverished familes and is dedicated to empowering women in her country. Her story has already been made into a book, and since Will Smith bought the rights to it there’s talk of a Hollywood movie of her life coming soon.
Check her out:
This Russian-American athlete is one of the most inspiring sportswomen there is, despite spending the first 6 years of her life in a Russian orphanage. She’s won 10 Paralympic medals – 3 of them gold and became the first athlete to win 6 gold medals at a championships during the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. Find out more about her achievements:
Not only did this inspiring woman shatter stereotypes but she’s inspiring a whole generation of girls to follow their dreams. Olga Custodio is a former United States Air Force officer who made history when she became the first female Hispanic U.S military pilot. She then went on to become the first Latina commercial airline pilot. Today, as Vice President of the Hispanic Association of Aviation and Aerospace Professionals (HAAAP), she mentors young Latinos and introduces them to aviation careers.
Having started Facebook’s Indian office from scratch Kirthiga Reddy has become a force in the Indian techworld. Under her leadership Facebook users in India has grown to 93 million. As well as helping to steadily build India's economy, she’s passionate about fostering the next generation of women leaders in India and providing children with access to education.
Known as the 'elephant whisperer', Sangduen 'Lek' Chailert has devoted her life to protecting Asian elephants. She founded a 250-acre Elephant Park in Thailand in 1996, as a sanctuary for distressed elephants. Her efforts have been recognised worldwide and she's received numerous awards. Find out more about the Save Elephant Foundation here.
Tell me about the women you know who've inspired you? I'd love to hear you!
Life's too short not to celebrate it...