Women who inspire women

Women who inspire women

This Sunday (8), will be celebrated the International Women’s Day. It is known that, throughout history, women have been oppressed in every way imaginable. Prohibited from voting, exercising a particular profession, having access to education and even expressing their opinion.

It is clear that this type of behavior today, at least in most countries, is unacceptable. Currently, women have freedom of expression to dress, speak, make their own decisions.

It turns out that this change did not happen out of nowhere, it took many years of struggle and persistence to break stereotypes and make society see the full capacity of women.

To celebrate this very special date, check out women with truly unique stories below. inspiring, who overcame all kinds of barriers to fight for what they believed.

Check out women with inspiring stories:

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson.  |  Photo: Reproduction.

Born in August 1918, in White Sulfur Springs, Katherine Johnson was a prodigy since she was a child, especially when it comes to calculations. He finished high school at the age of 14 and, at 18, his graduation in Physics and Mathematics.

In 1953, she was hired by NACA, which would later become NASA. Throughout her career, Katherine calculated flight paths that were essential for the advancement of space exploration, contributed to John Glenn’s orbital mission in 1962 and to the calculations that made it possible for man to first go to the moon.

She was the first woman in the Flight Research Division to receive credit for a research report. Overcoming prejudice and racism, Katherine is an example of strength and determination.

Maria da penha

Maria da penha.  |  Photo: Reproduction.

Maria da Penha met the Colombian Marco Antonio Heredia Viveros in 1974, both studying at the same university. In love, they married in 1976 and together they had 3 daughters.

After the birth of the third child, the attacks started. It is worth remembering that, at the same time, he obtained Brazilian citizenship.

In 1983, he tried to kill her twice. First, he shot her in the back while she slept, leaving her paraplegic. Months later, shortly after she left the hospital, Marco Antonio tried to electrocute her while she was in the shower.

Despite everything that happened, despite all the trauma she faced, Maria never gave up seeking justice. His ceaseless struggle lasted almost twenty years and was responsible for the creation of the Maria da Penha Law, which today helps several women victims of aggression.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai.  |  Photo: Reproduction.

Born in Swat Valley, Pakistan, in July 1997, she has always been eager to learn. However, in 2008, after the Taliban took over the territory, a ban was imposed on girls from attending school. Disconcerted, Malala struggled to change the situation, she knew the importance of this right for girls, as it provided them with a new perspective on life and new possibilities for a future.

So she started a blog that defended the right to education, which, three years later, resulted in an attack on her – 3 shots were fired. Still, after his recovery, Malala continued his movement, now, with many more supporters worldwide.

At 17, she received the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest person to achieve this feat. Transforming the lives of thousands of girls, Malala is a great example that it is worth fighting for what is believed.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie.  |  Photo: Reproduction.

Born on November 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Marie completed her studies at the age of 15. However, he was unable to enroll at the university, as the government prohibited women from attending higher education. This prohibition was not enough to stop Curie, who, at the age of 24, went to study in Paris, where she majored in Physics and Mathematics and later taught. Thus, becoming the first woman to be a professor at the University of Sourbone.

Together with her husband, Marie made great strides in the field of radioactivity, earning them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903.

After her husband’s death, Marie also won the second Nobel Prize, now for Chemistry, for her studies on the radio element. Becoming not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but also the first person to win it twice.

Marie faced all kinds of difficulties, hunger, prejudice and overcame everything to follow her dream. Her story still inspires women who dream of pursuing a scientific career.

These women’s life stories have inspired other women around the world, encouraging them to believe in themselves and to always strive to secure their space.

By Rebeca Uzêda dos Santos – Speak! UFBA