Despite facing various obstacles in their paths, these strong women rose to triumph. They are bold, and the world has witnessed their phenomenal developments and extraordinary feats. These women are breaking the stereotypes, and they’re doing it like a boss!
Malala Yousafzai (Educational Activist)
An activist from Pakistan, Malala was only 15 when she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out in support of girls’ education. She had been asking for equal educational opportunities since she was 11 years old. For her bravery and boldness, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest person to receive the award. She continues to be a role model and inspiration for many women in the world, and she still voices the importance of education and equal rights for girls.
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Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister of New Zealand)
She became the first female prime minister to New Zealand and proved to us that women can make their mark anywhere and everywhere. Ardern negotiated coalition deals, campaigned for elections, and ran the country at the same time while she was pregnant. Her country was also declared one of the first countries to be free of COVID-19 after no active cases were found there, and was due to her exceptional leadership and management skills.
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Sanna Marin (Prime Minister of Finland)
The youngest prime minister of Finland and the youngest Finnish state leader, Sanna Marin has certainly made a huge mark on the world. Raised by her mother and her mother’s same-sex partner, Marin understood from a young age the rights of a woman. Her perception of society and equality was always unique and unbiased.
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Greta Thunberg (Environmental activist)
Greta Thunberg was only 15 when she raised her voice with a school strike in Sweden on the climate change issue. She refused air travel because of its excessive carbon emission. She created a worldwide movement to emit zero carbon footprint, which many people and young girls around the globe became apart.
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Marwa Al-Sabouni (Architect)
Even after a disastrous war broke out, Marwa Al-Sabouni refused to leave. She took on herself to rebuild the Baba Amr district of Syria. She aimed to bring together different ethnic groups and classes together. For her exceptional work, Al-Sabouni received the Claus award, which honors the phenomenal work of visionaries in cultural and frontline development.
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Bonita Sharma (Innovator)
In her bid to tackle child death and malnutrition, innovator Bonita Sharma designed Nutribeads, a colorful bracelet that helps educate mothers about child feeding practices. Her project received funding from UNESCO Malala Fund. Later, she founded her project “The Social Changemakers and Innovators,” which is empowering women across the globe.
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Usha Kiran (CRPF Officer)
The youngest and first-ever woman CRPF officer to be a part of CoBRA (a specialized cell of jungle warfare and skilled at guerrilla tactics), Usha Kiran has broken all stereotypes by choosing a career path known to be male-dominated. She is serving in a volatile region of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, known to be a highly Naxalite affected area.
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Leila Janah (Social Entrepreneur)
The late social entrepreneur Leila Janah was the founder of two successful companies that aimed at reducing global poverty. She created digital jobs that empowered thousands of poor in Africa and India. She had the vision to use the biggest untapped resource in the world by helping the vulnerable groups in society.
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Alexandria Ocasio (Politician and Activist)
Alexandria Ocasio, a former waitress and bartender, is now a beacon of hope for U.S. politics. She represents the future U.S. Democratic Party. She believes in her anti-poverty policy and a proposal for a single-payer health care system. Her progressive and inclusive slant on immigration is another noteworthy aspect.
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Hiyori Kon (Sumo Wrestler)
A prodigy in the country where women are barred from participating as a sumo wrestler professionally, Hiyori Kon fought all odds to make her voice heard. She was the protagonist in a 2018 documentary “Miss Sumo” that encouraged the rules to be changed for women and give them a voice as well.
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