Centuries ago, women fought for liberty, rights and justice for their lives and still there are many women on this planet suffering for these basic rights. Though the world has advanced in technology and business, there are women still being molested, raped and brought down by the society they live.
Sometimes, they are forced not to step out of their homes, whilst sometimes they are sold for sex and assaulted at workplace. In this era of breaking stereotypes, these women have fought, stood out and made a mark in the world. TIME recognizes them among the most influential people in 2016. But here are the stories of these women that will you melt you down and kindle the spirit in you. Go, just grab it.
Women make up nearly half the TIME 100 list, ranging from the pinnacle of power to activists on the ground.
1) Nadia Murad
At the tender age of 23, Nadia Murad is a beacon of light and truth – that the world must listen to. She is a proof that leaves us blown by the fact that it was the American led war in Iraq that laid a path to ISIS. Now that Europe has closed its doors for the refugee immigrants, she risks her life spreading the truth across the world and raising her voice to let the 3000 girls detained by the ISIS. Freedom is what she is fighting for her sisters.
At 19, Nadia is a girl who left her home, country, culture and her family. She witnessed her mother being murdered and her family members being killed. She was endlessly raped by the members of the ISIS and now wants to bring a change. Be the change you want to see, and that’s what she is doing.
Hope her voice reaches the nook and corner of this bitter world!
2) Priyanka Chopra
Known to come from a nation full of stereotypes, Priyanka is a girl that makes us believe dreams can become reality. If a small town Indian girl, who faced racial discrimination in the U.S, can win a People’s Choice award in the same country, then there is no such thing called ‘impossible’. All you need is the determination to achieve it.
Priyanka Chopra has an ability to inspire people to do more and achieve more. She has brought a remarkable change in Bollywood for female stars, who were treated only as the damsel in distress. She can no more be one.
“The girl next door’s face has changed. She does not come from a particular place … She can be anyone from anywhere.” Recently she also won the prestigious Padma Shri award, from the President of India. Way to go gal!!
3) Gina Rodriguez
Gina is a full pack of confidence, elegance and hard-work. Known as ‘A star who’s down to earth’, this young lady is rising her fame by her perfect acting skills in the world of American films and television. Gina was named as the “next big thing” and one of the “top 35 Latinos under 35”.
She won a Golden Globe Award for her incredible performance in the television series Jane the Virgin. Brava, you lovely girl!
4) Guo Pei
This Chinese talent went into limelight after making dress for Rihanna. Ironically, Guo was unaware of who she was, when Rihanna approached her for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala. But her passion and emotion for fashion is sensed in her art and the work she displays.
For instance, to make a dress for Rihanna, it took two years. That’s the dedication she shows to her work and no doubt that she is the glory of China. Living in Paris, she has set an example that “talent cannot be labelled as West or East”. That’s what talent makes you achieve, it moves you!
5) Ariana Grande
Do not underestimate her, else you do not know that you will be underestimated. Born in July,1993, Ariana Grande is no less than a beautiful actress, mind-blowing singer and a confident super model.
Underestimated because you are a girl. Because you are from a small town. Because you look small and cute. Because you wear cat hats. You are underestimated by your peers, your directors, your followers on social media. Every single person assumes that you can posses no big talents.
When everyone does this, you take this as your fuel. It’s your daily oxygen. These negative thoughts from the world around you, turns out to be your drive. And when you are in from of these objections and obstacles, that one thing that shut everyone down is your veracious voice and the soulful music.
When the entire world is busy mocking you down, my friend you are playing the best music ever. This makes this young tigress stand out and I love Ariana for that.
Keep going Ariana!! The skies are not the limits.
6) Ibtihaj Muhammad
An American Muslim girl representing the Olympics wearing a Hijab. That’s not the story of Ibtihaj Muhammad, that’s the story of America as a nation.
Yes, she is the first muslim girl wearing hijab and representing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games this summer. She chose fencing, because she believed in her religious saying as to not reveal her body. Today, she is the one of the best fencers in the world.
Daring yet dutiful, is what defines Ibtihaj!
7) Charlize Theron
Charlize not only brings awareness for a problem, but she also deals with it. She has programmed HIV awareness in South America for 9 long years bringing change in the people’s mind. She made us realize us that making kids feel special is as important as wearing shoes on our feet.
Align Thoughts’ salute to the efforts of this lady. Bring her work into limelight!!
8) Sunita Narain’s
Yet another Indian lady fighting for the welfare of the climatic conditions and the preventions we need to take in order to protect this planet heard. Many of the womens’ words are left unheard just because of the fact that they are women. She has been campaigning to reduce the Indian capital’s dangerous air-pollution levels for almost two decades.
Why don’t we listen to her, so that we can protect this planet for our future generations?
9) Caitlyn Jenner
This courageous former gold winning Olympics decathlete, is challenging the society to bring a change for good. Caitlyn deserves the greatest respect for her courage and commitment to truth.
10) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
She is as relevant as heck for the past 30 years. When people were figuring out their major, this feminist female was rocking the comedy series Saturday Night Live. She was a brand of comedy who went as a symbol of faith for all the women, that they can change rules and a lesson for all the men that a lady with rough edges is what you must desire for. Indeed, perfection is not what a human needs to excel, all you need is the passion to achieve it.
You must be lucky to be living in the JLD (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) era! 😛 She just achieved the unachievable.
11) Laura Esserman and Shelley Hwang
Hey, do you suffer from breast cancer? Do not worry anymore if you do. These ladies are the daring breast cancer doctors who believes to do less. Yes, they don’t believe that cutting off your breasts is the only option. They have discovered ways to cure breast cancers even without doing so, by the means of lumpectomy.
You can have scars on your breasts, rather than not having breasts at all. Scars are a symbol of success. Let’s embrace them. Where there is a will, there is a way!
12) Hope Jahren
Jahren is not only known as a scientist who released more than 70 studies that she unearthed about the plant life, but she is also loved as a great blogger where she talks about anything and everything that can help the world refine in some means.
She writes majorly on topics such as sexual harassment and discrimination. Her memoir ‘Lab Girl’ debuted, went on as the New York Time’s best selling list.
The world needs leaders like Hope Jahren!
13) Kathy Niakan
Have you ever wondered of manipulating the genome to alter the DNA and prevent human diseases and help mankind? That’s what Kathy Niakan is doing right now. She has a vision that can answer all the human thoughts of why are few embryo’s healthy while others are not and the diseases inherited by babies.
She is no less than the words of Einstein, “There is nothing called talent… All you need is IMAGINATION and the will to bring it to the world!!”
Proud of you Kathy…Keep raising!!
14) Lori Robinson
Women are limited to growth after a certain position at workplaces. This thought might go wrong when, the Senate confirms Air Force General Lori Robinson as head of the U.S. Northern Command, making her the first woman to serve as combatant commander.
Northern command is a special mission launched after the 9/11 attacks and being a combat for it, is no less than a pride of the nation.
Salute to your spirits Lori!!
15) Diana Natalicio
Do you want to know the future of America? Look at the faces of the students. That’s what Diana Natalicio is known for. Over 3 decades, she has been changing the perspective of the Mexican students who contributed around 80% of the university and still bagging the best ranks in the nation.
One woman, one goal, the whole nation behind it!!
16) Aung San Suu Kyi
Driven by her fierce determination, this 15 year house-arrested woman is now the member of the parliament and a party leader. Aung San Suu Kyi’s dream of bringing democracy to Burma is has been fulfilled after a long fight. However she still remains as the beacon of hope for the 50 million people of the country.
Filled with love and compassion, Aung San Suu Kyi is the true symbol of commitment.
17) Jaha Dukureh
Fighting for the noble cause to prevent FGM (Female Genital Mutulation), Jaha has not stepped aback even though horror came in her way. She does not want any girl to suffer from the miserable things she suffered in her childhood, be it FGM or child marriage. She just wants girls to live in peace and not fear.
Her efforts have helped to make it a crime to transport American girls for FGM. She is indeed a women of worth!!
18) Christine Lagarde
Guardian Angel of the global economy, that’s what describes Christine’s job in a line.
She was elected by more than 100 nations as the Head of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, which is the crucial owner for whole of the international economy. She is the first women ever in history to be in such a crucial position globally. She ably handled the international crisis inlcuing Greece’s economy and Europe.
She is as witty as a young lad and wears a charismatic nature that is loved by all.
19) Sania Mirza
Mirza, who started playing badminton at the young age of 6 is not only a player, she is a blessing. Victory is what defines her.
Sania was accorded with reputed awards consecutively for 3 years. ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2004. ‘Newcommer of the Year’ in 2005, awrded by WTA. ‘Padmashri’ in 2006. Sania along with Martina Hingens have seized the No.1 position under Grand Slam doubles for 3 consecutive years.
Confidence, hard-work and resilience is what pays her way to success.
Adele is a hidden treasure, who emerges out suddenly and breaks all records of almost all singing stars. Her meaningful lyrics will evoke the deepest emotions of a person and make you go behind the song again and again.
Her notable records include that her album – 25 sold more in number than all the albums of Taylor Swift in just a single day. Click here to read more about Adele and her life achievements!
21) Marilynne Robinson
Robinson’s novels are a questioning spirit about life, tradition and our religious believes. She is a way intelligent lady filled with the talent to crave her readers to read more and love her characters. Her books will leave you with a puzzled sense of ‘live’ life, making her moves uncertain as well as sure.
The world you live is a gift to us, appreciate the little things you have in life. In simple, she tried her readers to realize the fact that “Love your life and your life will love you back!!”
22) Nicki Minaj
This American rapper, singer and songwriter is an icon for all the young girls out there to believe in yourself and do the right thing. Nicki has the potential to carry her troubles as a symbol of success and strength. Long before Nicki Minaj became the Rap Goddess, she worked as a waitress at a restaurant named ‘Red Lobsters’.
At the end of the day, its your choice to step over your troubles and climb the ladder of success or to sit back and enjoy your failure. So, these were the mind blowing inspiring stories of the young women in the world that kindled your amour of womanhood, in order to lead life with a purpose.
Let nobody in this world, to ever say that you can’t do it. If you want something in life, Go grab it. Women are changing the world.
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