Winfrey started a school for girls in Africa to help them meet their educational goals and became the first black female billionaire in history. “I think all the work I do is about opening the heart space,” she tells Daily Word. “My whole career (has been) trying to get people to see how other people’s stories mirror or reflect into their own stories. Many times it’s easier to see it when you’re looking at a reflection rather than looking at yourself.”
Roberta Bondar is best known as Canada’s first woman in space on her mission on Discovery. Her accomplishments go far beyond 8 days spent in space! After her shuttle flight, Bondar stayed with NASA as their head of space medicine for more than a decade; in that role, she lead an international team in studying data from astronauts returning from missions, striving to better understand how the body recovers from time spent in Space
Margaret Atwood, a poet, novelist, essayist, is one of the most-honoured authors of fiction alive: she is a recipient of over 55 awards both in Canada and internationally. Atwood started writing at the age of 6, and by 16, she knew that she wanted to write professionally. Several of her books, including 1969’s The Edible Woman and 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale, feature female characters that are dominated by a patriarchy, although Atwood has said that she doesn’t consider herself a feminist author.
Viola Desmond, a black Nova Scotian woman, bought a movie ticket in 1946. After sitting down, she was told the main floor was “whites only” and her less expensive ticket was only good for the balcony. Desmond offered to pay the difference, and when her offer was declined, she refused to move. Desmond was forcibly removed from the theater and charged — with tax evasion!! because of the one-cent difference in taxes between the two tickets. She was fined $20 plus $6 in court costs.
Katherine Johnson was a NASA mathematician who played a key role in numerous NASA missions during the Space Race, perhaps most notably calculating the trajectory needed to get the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and back. As a black woman working for NASA in the 1950s and '60s, Johnson overcame social boundaries and racial discrimination. Her impressive career was the subject of the 2016 book and movie "Hidden Figures." ⠀ ⠀ Read more here: https://www.space.com/katherine-johnson.html⠀
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colors. She is celebrated in Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form.⠀ ⠀ Read more about Frida here: https://www.fridakahlo.org/
The first woman to win a Nobel Prize was Marie Curie, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 with her husband, Pierre Curie, and Henri Becquerel. Curie is also the only woman to have won multiple Nobel Prizes. In 1911 she received a second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry, in recognition of her work in radioactivity.⠀ ⠀ Read more about Curie and the life lessons she left on us all: https://culture.pl/en/article/5-empowering-life-lessons-from-maria-sklodowska-curie⠀
Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader whose refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her bravery led to nationwide efforts to end racial segregation. Parks was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. read more here: www.biography.com/activist/rosa-parks
Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second female justice of the US supreme court. She taught at Rutgers University Law School and then at Columbia University, where she became its first female tenured professor.She served as the director of the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970's and was appointed to the US court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980. read more about Bader: http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/ruth-bader-ginsburg
Margaret Thatcher (October 13, 1925 - April 8, 2013) was the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom and the first European woman to serve as prime minister. She was a radical conservative, known for dismantling nationalized industries and social services, weakening union power. Before becoming prime minister, she was a politician at lower levels and a research chemist. Read more here: http://www.thoughtco.com/margaret-thatcher-biography-3530565
Michelle Obama is a lawyer and writer who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is the wife of the 44th U.S. president, Barack Obama. As the first lady, Michelle focused her attention on social issues such as poverty, healthy living, and education. Her 2018 memoir, Becoming, discusses the experiences that shaped her, from her childhood in Chicago to her years living in the White House. Learn more here: http://www.biography.com/us-first-lady/michelle-obama
Amelia Earhart, in full Amelia Mary Earhart, (born July 24, 1897, Atchison, Kansas, U.S. - disappeared July 2, 1937, new Howland Island, central Pacific Ocean), American aviator, one of the world's most celebrated, who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Her disappearance during a flight around the world in 1937 became an enduring mystery, fuelling much speculation. Read more on Amelia here: http://www.britannica.com/biography/Amelia-Earhart