International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women Who Changed the World

Celebrated for more than 100 years, International Women’s Day is the day to recognize the social, political, and economical accomplishments of women all around the world. Also, this day gives us all a space to check and reflect on the great efforts that innumerable women all over the world are forced to endure – and there are many of those, too.

To commemorate this very special day, we look at some of the World-famous women who blazed a trail for other women and who have shown that women are on par with men on every field. I hope my dear readers will take it as an opportunity to tribute some world influential women.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) –  Born into an affluent and well-connected

New York family, Eleanor Roosevelt was known as a shy child who experienced the deaths of both parents at a young age. The niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor was named “First Lady of the World” by President Harry S. Truman in honor of her human rights achievements. In 1905, she married to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Columbia University law student.

Her long and hectic life was full of courageous actions. After the death of her husband in 1945, she served as a Unite Nations delegate, human right activist and diplomat. Moreover, outside her political carrier, she was internationally acclaimed as a prominent author. She wrote various books about her life and experiences such as You Learn by Living(1960), This I Remember (1949), On My Own (1958) and  The Autobiography (1961).

Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867–1934)-  Marie Curie was the first woman

who won noble prize in physics for her revolutionary research of natural radioactivity. One of the great scientists of the twentieth century, Madame Curie was the sole winner of two noble prizes in Physics and Chemistry. In the first year of World War, she endeavored to donate her Nobel Prize medals to the war effort but French National Bank declined to accept them.

She devoted her whole life to promote the use of radium to alleviate suffering during World War I. She shared her war time experiences in her book “Radiology in war (1919). Eve Curie, daughter of Marie Curie has compiled her mother’s outstanding life, from her early days in Poland, to her Parisian marriage with associate researcher Pierre Curie, to her tragic death, in a book Madame Curie: A Biography

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) : One of the most dominant and determined political figures, Indira Gandhi was the third prime minister and the first woman prime minister of the World’s largest democratic state- India. Born to politics and power, Indira Gandhi was the only child of first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Throughout the period of her political involvement with her father, she encouraged Social welfare work. She got the membership of Youth Advisory Board and became the chairman of Congress Woman’s Department.

The  most powerful lady, Indira Gandhi, considered as an idol by her followers and cursed by her opponents, paved the way for Indian democracy during the twentieth century. Katherine Frank wrote Indira Gandhi’s biography: The Life of Indira Nenru Gandhi in which she highlighted all the inside details about Indira’s life from her birth in 1917 through independence to her assassination in 1984.


Margaret Thatcher-  Popularly known as “Iron Lady”, Margaret Thatcher

was the daughter of a grocer. Studied in Oxford University, the longest-serving prime minister of the UK got this title by a Soviet journalist due to her uncompromising political views, iron will and leadership approach.  Married to a wealthy businessman, Denis Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher is one of the most essential and controversial political figures of our time.

Her book Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World was serialised in The Times in which she claimed that Britain should renegotiate its terms of membership or join the North American Free Trade Area.

This list highlights just some of the influential and inspiring women from across the continent that empowers other women. There are many more women including Jane Addams, Julia Child, Mother Teresa, Hillary Rodham Clinton to name a few who impact the world. Those readers who want to read about the lives of other influential women who have risen to the top of the social, political, economical and cultural landscape can find the biographies of such popular figures in our store.

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