All over the world, there are inspirational women. Women who have nurtured the world with their presence and encouraged and motivated others to do the same and something that might make a difference. Three women not only have an influence on us, but our children and our grandchildren as well. We admire their achievements and celebrate their courage as they inspire us to be confident and forthright. Until recent times and still in some parts of the world, women have fought bravely to earn their power and recognition, whether they are politicians, scientists, feminists, authors, leaders or pilots.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful” – Malala Yousafzai
Female Activist Malala Yousafzai
Malala is from Pakistan and an activist in fighting for female education. In 2012 she was shot in the head in Pakistan by a gunman and was left unconscious for days in a critical condition. She was flown to a hospital in the UK for intensive rehabilitation and survived this incredible ordeal. In the years following this traumatic event, Malala has gained support from all over the world. The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education launched a UN petition insisting that all children must be in education worldwide by the end of 2015. The petition was in Malala’s name and has helped command the approval of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill. At just 17 years old in 2014, Malala became the youngest person in the world to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and was announced as one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Malala has written a book called ‘I Am Malala’ which was given a ‘Special Recognition Award’ by the Young Muslim Writers awards.
Poker Expert Kara Scott
Canadian TV celebrity, poker player and journalist Kara Scott was one of the hosts of the award-winning show ‘Poker Night Live’. Prior to that, she has hosted the first ever backgammon televised series called ‘High Stakes Backgammon’ and the 2006 European series ‘World Series of Backgammon’. Scott is famous for her published articles in magazines and exploits which have been recognised all over the industry. Although poker used to get a bit of a bad rep as a casino game, nowadays it’s widely accepted as the game of skill, quick thinking and observation that it is, requiring mathematical, statistical and people-reading skills. For the non-initiated, the basics of poker can be explored by looking at 888poker’s ‘The Game’ tutorial, which also includes some of its most interesting variants. In the face of critics, Kara made an inspiring statement that said; “I know a lot of people don’t think I can play and there are always going to be people who say I can’t. But I have made the final of a female championship, I won a Sports Star Challenge, I went deep in the World Series of Poker Main Event and now I’ve come second in the Irish Open.” Last year, talented Scott reached new levels of recognition for her skill and became the brand ambassador for 888poker, continuing to inspire women all over the world to go for it even in the most male-dominated fields.
Physicist & Chemist Marie Curie
Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist. She carried out ground-breaking research and development on the theory of radioactivity, creating techniques for separating radioactive isotopes, ultimately discovering and working with the elements of radium and polonium. Marie Curie was the first woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize and one of the only people to win it twice. The first studies in neoplasms and radioactive isotopes in the world were led by her and she was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and Warsaw which still continue to be important places for medical research. The Curie family are famous for claiming the Nobel Peace Prize five times.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained” – Marie Curie