Most inspirational women of the past 30 years - International Women's Day

Most inspirational women of the past 30 years - International Women's Day

In honour of International Women's Day we asked ourselves which women have made their mark on the world recently, who have recently been rewarded for their actions or their victories, women who have fought for their values and for peace. Here are a few of them:


She is not only one of the most famous faces in Harry Potter, she has also stood out from the crowd by playing very different characters in other successful films. But this is not her only quality, in addition to having built her career with brilliance while finishing her studies, the young Franco-British actress has also been appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the HeForShe campaign, which encourages all genders to work for gender equality. In addition to her career, she uses it to make her values heard and to advance the world on issues that are still present today. She also denounces the social pressure on women to find a husband, buy a house and have a child before the age of 30.


Opinions are certainly controversial, but we cannot talk about the influential women of recent years without mentioning Greta Thunberg. For those who do not yet know, she is a 15-year-old Swedish climate change activist. As a sign of opposition to climate inaction she left school to go on strike, and this movement then spread to a global protest against climate change. She also travelled by solar-powered boat from Europe to the United States to encourage others to reduce their carbon footprint. Many people see her as the emblem of climate change and rebellion, in any rebellion we need a face, so we have Greta, a child who teaches adults to become respectful of their planet.


English actress playing in the Netflix series "The Good Place" she also fights for body positivism, thanks to her notoriety she launches with the movement i weigh on Instagram and eradicates the culture of thinness in the cinema and on the catwalks. She also denounces magazines that constantly retouch photos, claiming that they make her skin lighter, erase her imperfections and refine her silhouette.


We don't even know where to start when we talk about this incredible woman. In addition to being a very talented world-famous actress and a woman of breathtaking beauty, she is also generous and concerned about the world's misery.
In early 2001 she was appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visiting more than 20 countries to help people in need and advocate for them as she pursued her career and raised her children. She participated in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum to draw attention to the plight of displaced people at the political level. She also travels frequently to Washington, D.C., to raise humanitarian issues with key political leaders. As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she launched the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children. She then created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which makes significant donations worldwide and co-chairs the Partnership for the Education of Children of Conflict. She has received a number of awards such as the Global Humanitarian Award and the Freedom Award from the International Rescue Committee.


Born in Brussels, she studied economics and medicine before entering politics, and is now the first woman to hold the post of President of the European Commission. She therefore proposes new European laws, is committed to the climate and is also involved in pushing through the Brexit agreements. She advocates gender equality, the climate emergency and the migration issue, which are still the most important things in the world today.


In addition to being an actress, she shared her story and raised a feminist movement against rape and sexual touching. Indeed, in 2019 she accused director Christophe Ruggia of having made unwanted advances to her by kissing and touching her for 2 years when she was only 13 years old. After denying the facts, the director then apologized to her publicly. Very recently after Roman Polanski received the Best Director Cesar for his film "I accuse" inspired by the Dreyfus affair, which tells the story of a man wrongly accused of treason. Which is amusing when we know that Roman Polanski is accused of raping young American teenage girls. At the Caesars ceremony Adele Haenel stood up and shouted "Shame" to show her displeasure, for her, rewarding Roman Polanski is "spitting in the face of all the rape victims in the world" a cause that particularly affects her in view of the events that have happened to her. It has opened the way to an intense polemic about treating the artist and the man differently, in the same way as for Dreyfus, there are anti-Polanski and pro-Polanski.


We all know her from "The Oprah Winfrey Show", she is one of the richest African-American women in history. She's a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a PhD from Harvard.
She is also co-author of five books and created the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a school designed to educate and develop leadership among young women in South Africa. She has been featured in Times magazine's 100 Most Influential People ten times.


You have probably heard about her, she is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, she was shot in the head for defending women's right to education. A survivor of this tragedy, she has become a leading figure in the defence of women's education.


Whether you love her or hate her, she is a woman of power, a former research scientist and current German Chancellor, and is counted among the world's most eminent leaders. She has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom of the United States, the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and also the Order of Prince Henry of Portugal. This is a woman who knows how to be feared and respected.


On a slightly different note, she is Facebook's chief operating officer and former Google's vice president of global online sales and operations. She was also on Times magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in 2012, representing about $1 billion. A woman who built herself up and made it to the top.

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Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer