Women across the world will spend today rejoicing their feminine ways and the many triumphs we have seen in the past few years. It wasn’t so long ago we were debating the pros of a thigh gap and many young women were partaking in the Kylie Jenner challenge. Now we’re taking down high ranking sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K, and using the ‘me too’ hashtag women are finally able to talk publicly about their own experiences dealing harrowing sexually motivated ordeals.
So to celebrate these amazing feats, Travel Antics has decided to take a look at some of the most influential feminists alive today. Some you may know and others you may be learning about today. But, each will make you proud of the fairer sex and all we have accomplished.
An Indian politician of Italian descent, and a true embodiment of modern-day femininity. She came to office seven years after the assassination of her husband in 1997 and went on to serve in office for nineteen years. In that time she made some positive changes in India, including presiding over the advisory councils credited for the formation and subsequent implementation of such rights-based development and welfare schemes as the Right to information, Food security bill, and MNREGA. In 2013 Forbes magazine voted the 21st most powerful person worldwide and 9th most powerful woman.
Aung San Suu Kyi
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”
A Burmese politician and author. She can only be described as a fighter and has suffered and fought for the freedom of Burma. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy and the first and incumbent State Counsellor, a position akin to a Prime Minister. She is also the first woman to serve as Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the President’s Office, for Electric Power and Energy, and for Education.
Aung won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990. Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest for a total of 15 years over a 21-year period, on numerous occasions, since she began her political career, although she was given the option to leave the country, as long as she never returned, which she refused stating “I never forget that my colleagues who are in prison suffer not only physically, but mentally for their families who have no security outside- in the larger prison of Burma under authoritarian rule.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
This may be a name you’ve heard in relation to feminism. She was appointed by Bill Clinton as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and has been known for her strong opinions on abortion. In one memorable interview with the New York Times she stated “[t]he basic thing is that the government has no business making that choice for a woman.”
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
A woman who brings both beauty and grace to the world of politics in Argentina. She is both a lawyer and a politician, and proudly became President of Argentina between 2007 and 2015, She is only the second woman to be a directly elected to the role.
A name you have surely have heard of many times in the past few years. The Pakistani activist stood up for the women’s rights to an education. She paid for this active and vocal belief when some Taliban gunmen boarded a bus Malala was riding and shot her and two other women while travelling to the Swat District after taking an exam. She was flown to Birmingham and regained full consciousness. The world stood behind her and weeks after the incident, a group of fifty leading Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her. Since recovering, Yousafzai became a prominent education activist. She founded the Malala Fund, and in 2013 co-authored I am Malala, an international bestseller. In 2012, she was the recipient of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and she is the youngest Nobel prize laureate.