To Honor Women’s Day, Here are 9 Stories of Women Who Inspire The World Today
4Nirmala Sitharaman, Defense Minister, India
Nirmala Sitharaman may not be rags to riches story but she is no less an inspiring figure for becoming the defense minister of India and the second woman to hold that post after Indira Gandhi.
Sitharaman was born in Madurai Tamil Nadu, India. Her father worked in the Indian railways. After graduation, she joined the BJP political party of India and rose through its ranks to be ultimately appointed as India’s defense minister in 2017 under the Narendra Modi government.
5Katherine Johnson, Mathematical genius, NASA
Not many will know who Katherine Johnson is but this woman was responsible for several mathematical calculations required for moon and space missions at NASA. The incredible thing was that she did it at a time when computers were yet to be introduced to the Space organization. Born to a humble family, her father worked as a lumberman and her mother, as a teacher. Johnson excelled in Mathematics at school and also became the first ever African American woman to attend a graduate school at West Virginia University in Morgantown.
She has worked on several NASA space missions
An African American mathematician, Johnson’s calculations in orbital mechanics were crucial to the first and subsequent US manned space flights including the famous space missions of Alan Shepard and John Glen. She has also worked on the space shuttle program and the plans for mission mars. In 2015, she won the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to her by President Barack O Bama. A movie “Hidden Figures” was finally made on her paying tribute to all the colored woman who worked at NASA.
6Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of media
As Queen of the media, Winfrey has suffered a lot in her younger days. Her mother was a teenaged housemaid and a single mom. Winfrey spent the first six years of her life in sheer poverty and would stay with her grandmother. She would have to wear dresses made from potato sacks since her mother couldn’t afford to purchase clothes. She was also a victim of child abuse which made her run away from home in 2013. At 14, she became pregnant only to lose her first child to a miscarriage.
Her fortunes turned
Winfrey moved to Tennessee to live with her father which was like a turning point in her life. She resumed her education and won a scholarship to Tennessee State University. She had a flair for public speaking and got a job as a talk show host on the AM Chicago which was a low rated morning talk show. It became a huge success and was later renamed the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1985. It went on to make $125 in its first season and Oprah received $30 million.
Winfrey believes in sharing her wealth and has donated more than $40 million through her own charity, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation to help women and children with health care and education especially in third world countries.