8 March 2022 : Celebrating International Women's Day
Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Albania) founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious group that manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. Mother Teresa dedicated her entire life to serving the hungry, the needy and the orphans through soup kitchens and orphanages that she started.
Amelia Mary Earhart, an American, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Ms Earhart was instrumental in the formation of Ninety-Nines, an organization which brought female pilots together, whilst at the same time she was a pioneer who promoted commercial air travel. She was inspirational to women (and men) who dreamt of becoming pilots when the aviation industry was still in its infancy.
Marie Salomea Skłodowska (of Polish descent) was a physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. Marie Curie (as she is better known) was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields of Physics and Chemistry. She coined the term “radioactivity” and her work has been instrumental in its useful applications to many aspects of our lives today.
Indira Priyadarshini Nehru was the third prime minister of India and was also the first and only female prime minister of India. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi went to war with Pakistan in support of the independence movement in East Pakistan, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. Indira Gandhi propelled India to become the sole regional power in South Asia. In 1999, Indira Gandhi was named "Woman of the Millennium" in an online BBC poll. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is indeed inspirational to all who wish to serve their countries through public service.
And of course, we will always be grateful to all the women who are directly involved in our lives; our mothers who have loved and nurtured us, our sisters who have grown up with us, our spouses who have been there with us through thick and thin, and many others who have taken upon themselves to make our lives more manageable and meaningful today, a big “Thank you!”