There are many women in the world who deserve recognition for the amazing work they do. These women shape the future of the world and are changing social opinions and stereotypes. For example, nowadays business women already represent more than 1/3 of all people involved in entrepreneurial activity and it’s getting better every day.
Apegeo found 10 amazing women that are changing the world and proving that the power women have is huge.
Sabrina Paterski: The “new Einstein”
Sabrina Pasterski is an amazing 25-year old American theoretical physicist from Chicago, who’s made the world talk about her. Forbes already called her the “New Albert Einstein.” She was praised by physicist George Takei, promoted by rapper Chris Brown, and even promised a job by Jeff Bezos.
When you look at this girl, you just can’t believe that people like her exist. She is not just beautiful and smart, but she is a genius. Between the ages of 12 to 14, she built her own one engine airplane, a Zenith Zodiac which cost around $36,000. At age 16, she was able to fly as a test pilot.
Malala Yousafzai: The fighter for the education of women and children
Outstanding Malala Yousafzai is a 21-year-old girl from Pakistan who has done a lot to change this world for the better. At this young age, former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi already called her “the most prominent citizen” of the country. Isn’t that incredible? Together with her fund, she fights for human rights and female education. It’s not even possible to describe all of her accomplishments in this short article.
She has done a lot for her young age and has become the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She has also authored 2 books and her fund “breaks down barriers that are preventing more than 130 million girls around the world from going to school”.
Jane Goodall: “The woman who gave a new meaning to the word man.”
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If you call Jane Goodall one of the greatest women in our modern world, you are probably right. It’s not in her to stay away from environmental issues and not care about the future of animals and people. She is just one of those people who fights for animal rights and tries to make our world a better and kinder place. Goodall essentially “redefined man,” revolutionized the study of primates, and found a new approach to animal behavior. We are not the only ones on this planet!
In one of her interviews she says: “My job seems to have increasingly become giving people hopeso that instead of doing nothing and sinking into depression, they take action. It’s very clear to me that unless we get a critical mass of people involved in trying to create a better world for our great-grandchildren, we’d better stop having children altogether.”
Melinda Gates: “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman.”
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Mary is a mother and entrepreneur in Kenya who dreams of being the one to lift her family out of poverty. That’s why she started a small business making backpacks—and why she uses contraceptives. Contraceptives make it possible for her to put her dreams for her family and her future into action. I’m devoting my life to making sure every woman has that opportunity.
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Forbes called Melinda Gates the most powerful woman in philanthropy. Generous, kind, beautiful. They are all qualities that describe Melinda Gates. Can you imagine that there is $40 billion in her private charitable foundation? This woman is not just a philanthropist and a business woman, but a passionate advocate for women and girls.
In 2016 she announced her new mission of working on the lack of women in tech: “To me, the tech industry is one of the best places to work right now. If I was working again, I would work in biological science or tech or a combination of the 2. Every company needs technology, and yet we’re graduating fewer women with this specialty. That is not good for society. We have to change it.”
Aung San Suu Kyi: “The woman who defeated the generals.”
Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration for many of us. She never gave up fighting against violence and for humanity in spite of all the difficulties! Women like this can rule the world. Because of her outspoken opinion, she remained under house arrest for almost 15 of the 21 years from 1989 to 2010, becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners.
But even during this arrest, she was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991! Aung San Suu Kyi could only actually physically receive it in 2012 while she was on a trip to Europe. She has definitely changed lots of people’s minds and had a big influence on the history of her country. She has amazing power for standing up for her beliefs and for other people.
Ellen Ochoa: The astronaut and the hero
Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer and a former astronaut, and, of course, a hero for many people! She made 4 space flights on shuttles and became the first Hispanic woman to fly into space. Wow! What a great idol for children.
Ochoa made a huge contribution to our society and created optical systems for performing information processing. This opened the door for the use of robots in production. Her brilliant mind is why Ochoa has received a lot of awards, and among one of them is NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal in 1997.
Linda J. Wachner: Creative genius in business
Linda J. Wachner is not just a great woman, but a mind-changer. She shattered the social opinion about women in business. Wachner is an example for young girls who want to be successful business women. But all of her highs only came when she made a decision to stay strong at the age of 11 after she spent a year immobilized in a body cast. She dreamed of walking again and literally nothing stopped her!
In 1992, Wachner was called as the most successful woman in America and in 1993 one of the toughest bosses. There can be a lot of discussion about her approach toward her employees and her business, but no has any doubts that she is a real leader.
Steph Gabriel: “Plastic is not fantastic.”
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The craziest week of my life happened last week. I was invited to Richard Brandsons entrepreneurial program at his home on Necker Island (There is no application for this, if they find you, they want you) What’s even crazier is that a few weeks before this, I made a decision to think bigger, bolder, braver. So I said to my bestie last month that “I want to meet Richard brandson and I want Leonardo Di Caprio to invest in OceanZen”. She laughed awkwardly and said you go girl, not expecting that a few weeks later I would call her almost in tears with the news. (Leo is yet to make contact haha). If you have a dream, FOLLOW IT. Think BIG, dream WILD and take a chance, that my friend’s is my advice to you! @OCEANZEN_BIKINI
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This girl is a beautiful activist, an entrepreneur, and a marine scientist. But the main thing she really cares about is the environment. In 2014, Steph founded a company that sells swimsuits made from plastic bottles and abandoned fishing nets from the ocean. It’s just a great idea. Her slogan is “saving the ocean, one bikini at a time.”
Her eco approach to business encourages people to think about their plastic use and the future of our planet.
Yusra Mardini: “From refugee to Olympian”
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#tbt Olympics, my Olympic story is full of memories hope, strength and tears. I grew up watching @m_phelps00 wining and smashing records & getting to be the best athlete in the world and that made me think how badly I wanna dream and be someone who people won’t forget and that I wanna leave a mark on this world. Olympics is something I’ll always be thankful for, it gave me voice to fight for refugees and made me strong. Your will ,will always gets you to your goals🙏🏽 #WillFindAWay @underarmourdach
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Yusra Mardini is only 20 years old, but her story is a motivation for many of us. She was born in Syria, and when her house was destroyed during the war, she decided to flee through Greece with 18 other migrants. Brave and risky. The motor stopped on the boat she was fleeing in and the boat started to take on the water in the Aegean Sea. Then Yusra, her sister, and 2 more people pushed the boat for over 3 hours until they arrived at Lesbos. She is a real hero that knows how to take action.
Nowadays, Yusra lives in Germany and became a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team. In spite of everything, she has proven to the whole world that she is awesome and took part in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Danielle Fong: Making energy inexpensive and clean
Danielle Fong finished school and was admitted college at the age of 12.That’s already enough to say that she is cool! When she was 22, Fong, with her friends, founded a startup company called LightSail Energy. They develop a form of compressed air energy storage. She is the one who can change the future of our planet.
She was recognized by Forbes in 2011 as an entrepreneur on their “30 under 30” list, and called a person who “May Save the World.”
Which great woman do you admire? Who would you add to this list? Share your opinions in the comments!
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