Every girl has a heroine, someone to look up to and to be inspired by, aside from my grandmother who was my heroine’s, these are my top five inspirational woman, who shaped my perceptions, they had a powerful effect on what I admire, adopting their values and principles in what they stood for, these five women are my inspiration.
1. Helen Keller – She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. An inspiration and testament to show that there are no limits to the human condition and what you can achieve. The film ‘The Miracle Worker’ the story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation and with patience and determination, imposed by a near complete lack of language, she taught Helen to communicate, and for me, that is astounding.
She inspires hope to all those who have sensory disabilities, she defied the odds and learnt to speak, and talk, her legend proves, that nothing is impossible.
2. Lady Godiva – Being a Coventry Gal myself, I grew up looking at this bronze statue in the centre of my home town. A woman seated on a horse, she was the iconic statue that grew up with me, as a child I would wait for the clock to strike which happened every hour, where peeping tom would pop out over the newsagents, hiding his prying eyes. I was fascinated by this. Lady Godiva was the Countess of Mercia and an English noblewoman, her legend dating back to at least the 13th century. She rode naked – covered only by her long hair – through the streets of Coventry to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation that her husband imposed on his tenants. When it was announced that Lady Godiva was to ride through the streets of Coventry, naked on her horse, the whole community, out of respect, closed their doors and windows to honour her courage and bravery, all except one, who was named – Peeping Tom. He decided to peep and was struck blind for his arrogance!
A woman who demonstrated courage and humility, she defended the poor and the people who lived in her community, she inspired me as a growing child and also as a grown woman.
3. Emmeline Pankhurst – Another British Legend and a powerful woman, her rebellious nature inspired oppressed women everywhere, she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back. She was widely criticised for her militant tactics, and historians disagree about their effectiveness, but her work is recognised as a crucial element in achieving women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom, what a leader and a what a woman to boot!
She inspires conviction, defending women and fought for equal rights, she demonstrates that woman can lead and create positive change.
4. Marilyn Monroe – Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of sixteen. An icon and an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic blonde bombshell characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era’s attitudes towards sexuality. She puts the glamour and femininity into what it takes to be a great woman!
She gave women back the power to feel empowered, in their femininity.
5. Oprah Winfrey – American media executive, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. She’s ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. And today, for me she stands as the most influential woman in the world.
An inspirational woman of today, her love for humanity echoes in everything she has achieved, a leader and inspiration for all young girls and women of this day.