Today, on International Women’s Day, we call for women’s rights and an end to gender inequality, discrimination at work and unequal pay. But it’s also a day to celebrate and commemorate the progress made on women’s rights and all the women who have changed and are changing the world towards gender equality.
Some women you have to know:
- Angela Merkel: The German chancellor is one of the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes she’s the number 1 on that list.
- Christine Lagarde: She’s the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, the first woman to do so.
- Susan Wojcicki: Executive director of YouTube.
- Coco Chanel: Thanks to her, fashion became more informal, casual and comfortable.
- Sheryl Sandberg: Executive president of Facebook.
- Virginia Woolf: British writer and a worldwide symbol of Feminism.
- Mary Barra: President of General Motors.
- Frida Kahlo: Mexican painter and poet.
- Dilma Rousseff: President of Brasil.
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Mother of all poor, ill, orphan and dying people.
- Melinda Gates: Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Janet Yellen: President of the Federal Reserve System, the first woman to hold this position.
- Amelia Earhart: First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, unfortunately disappeared in 1937.
- Hypatia of Alexandria: First female scientist in history.
- Malala Yousafzai: Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, the youngest person ever to win this prize, and Pakistani activist for female education and human rights.
- Marie Curie: First woman to win the Nobel Prize and first woman to be professor at the University of Paris. She won two Nobel Prizes: in physics and in chemistry. She succeeded in developing the theory of radioactivity, techniques of isolating radioactive isotopes and in discovering the elements Polonium and Radium.
- Emma Watson: British actress, UN Women Goodwill Ambasasdor in 2014, helped to launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, activist for gender equality and women’s rights.
- Anne Hathaway: Actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, activist for childcare services and shared parental leave, she is against child marriage and supports women’s and girl’s rights.