A short list of Women Heroes for my daughters
On this women’s day, Clickalytic would like to list some Women Heroes who could serve as role models for our young daughters. There are so many female heroes who should be celebrated and elevated, who are worthy of praise and admiration, who are the kind of people whom I want my daughters to emulate. While these women are true heroes for their achievements, my daughters must know that they are also real and somewhat fallible people; that they all lived lives with meaning and contributed in some way to the betterment of mankind, but that they all made mistakes along the way.
There are so many women heroes living lives of quiet excellence. Who, in their everyday lives, serve as wholesome role models in their communities. Who build rather than break down. Who DO, rather than TALK. Who bring attention to their causes by showing positive results through their actions and hard work. Who achieve greatness, in spite of their personal circumstances or societal roadblocks. They change the world, little by little, everyday in ways that are not measurable or sometimes immediately visible, but always for the better. They turn challenges into triumph. They help, not because of praise or fame, but because the work needs to be done. They are selfless, inspiring and a true embodiment of excellence. Their legacies are lasting and their presence will be felt through the ages. They are women and they are amazing. They deserve to be called Heroes!
Here is a short list of some selected Women Heroes my daughters could take inspiration from.
Science is close to my heart and it would therefore come as no surprise that first on my list is Marie Curie, the only female winner of both the Nobel Prize in Physics and in Chemistry. She was also the first person to win two Nobel Prizes. Her legacy was continued by here daughter, Irene, who also went on to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
She was a poet, and although she had a tumultuous and troubled life which ended in her tragic suicide, she touched the hearts and minds of many. Her compassion for her fellow human beings came through strongly in her work with especially ‘Die Kind’ finding wild acclaim worldwide. It was quoted by Nelson Mandela during his address at the opening of the first democratically elected South African Parliament on 24 May 1994 and can even be seen as a wall poem in Leiden, The Netherlands.
She was posthumously awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for “her excellent contribution to literature and a commitment to the struggle for human rights and democracy in South Africa.”
On June 16 1963, Tereshkova became the first woman to have flown in space. She is a Russian Cosmonaut who achieved this feat aboard the Vostok 6. She spent 71 hours orbiting the earth, which was more time in space than all U.S. astronauts combined to that date.
Her father passed away when she was only two years old and this greatly impacted on her. When asked how she could be rewarded for her service to the country, she only requested that the government search for, and publish, the location where her father was killed in action.
In the 1840’s, she published the first ever algorithm specifically tailored for implementation on a computer. Ada Lovelace is therefore not only the first woman computer programmer, but the first computer programmer, period. If implemented, the algorithm would compute Bernoulli numbers on Babbage’s Analytical Engine.
Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She joined an Irish community of nuns with missions in India at the age of 18 and she spent her life dedicated to the alleviation of the suffering of the poorest of the poor. In 1950 she started her own order, “The Missionaries of Charity”, whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. Her organization morphed over time and grew exponentially, serving the poor across the world. By the 1990s there were more than one million Co-Workers in more than 40 countries carrying on her life’s work.