To Honor Women’s Day, Here are 9 Stories of Women Who Inspire The World Today

Opportunity doesn’t really knock on everyone’s door. But what is most important is to grab an opportunity when you see one to make the best of it. On this women’s day 8th March 2019, we showcase 9 women who did not take the opportunity for granted. Instead, they rose from their own poverty-stricken surroundings t maker the most of a lifeline that life threw for them. Their success stories aren’t like those born with silver spoons in their mouth but of abuse, poverty, hunger and sleepless night. Yet in their own adversity and struggles, they inched forward closer to their own dreams. Their stories are an inspiration that proves when you are determined, you can achieve something.

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1Indra Nooyi – CEO PepsiCo

Nooyi hails from a very humble background in South India. She would work night shifts to pay her way through Management College in the US where she would work as a receptionist from midnight to sunrise to pay college fees. Born in Chennai India, Nooyi rose through the ranks of PepsiCo becoming its 5th CEO and president in the company’s 44-year history. Her biggest contribution to health has been removing aspartame from Diet Pepsi in 2015. Nooyi is now serving on the board of directors of Amazon and has consistently been featured among the top 50 most powerful women in the world. June 2018 was another milestone in her career when it was announced that she would be serving as the first independent female director of the International Cricket Council.

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2JK Rowling – Author

Today J K Rowling may be a millionaire but her’s is also an inspiring rags to riches story. Rowling was poverty stricken at one time facing unemployment and not enough funds for managing her family. After the death of her mother, she moved to Portugal where she got a teaching job. She even married a TV journalist but was divorced after 11 months. What made matters worse was the fact that she was fired from her job for daydreaming. Unemployed and a single mom, she lived in a rat-infested flat struggling to raise her daughter on just 70 pounds a week which she received as welfare.

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Harry Potter was rejected 12 times

While on a delayed train to Manchester, Rowling hit upon the idea of Harry Potter which only became a book after seven years. The first story Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone was rejected 12 times but finally received a positive review from Bloomsbury who published it in 1997 with an advance of 1500 pounds to Rowling.  The first chapter was reviewed by the 8-year-old daughter of the owner of Bloomsbury, Alice Newton. The book was a resounding success and went on to be purchased by Scholastic in the US for $105,000. The rest was history.

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3Najat Belkacem- Minister of Education, France

Najat Belkacem is another woman who is truly an inspiration for young women worldwide. She was born to a poor shepherd family in 1977 in the village of Bni Chiker near Nador in Morocco. Her father was a construction worker in France. When he finally got his family over, Najat studied relentlessly to finally graduate from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2002. She then joined the Socialist party and became a social activist for women’s rights and against discrimination. Her constant rise through the political ranks saw her finally becoming the minister for education in 2017 under President Francois Hollande. She is also the first French woman to hold the post.

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