Women who Changed the World

In this unusual time globally, it’s more important than ever to remember the things that unite us all. One of these things is history, which is why we have decided to make a little list of women who have changed the world, this list doesn’t even begin to cover it! (In no particular order).

Malala Yousafzi

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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani advocate for girls education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. In 2009, when Malala was just 11 years old, she began blogging about life under the Taliban, speaking out directly against their threats to close girls’ schools. The blog on BBC Urdu garnered international attention, making her the target of death threats.
In October 2012, a gunman shot her and two other girls as they were coming home from school. Malala survived the attack and went on to publish the autobiography I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. In 2013, she founded the Malala Foundation to champion every girls’ right to education, and in 2014, she received the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison, an American physician, is the first African American female astronaut. She was accepted to NASA’s astronaut training program in 1987. Five years later, she became the first African American woman in space as a science mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Before her career at NASA, she worked in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand and served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Shirin Ebadi

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Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, and the first female judge in Iran. After Khomeini’s revolution in 1979, she was dismissed as a judge, but then opened a legal practice to defend people being persecuted by the authorities. In 2000, she was imprisoned for criticizing her country’s hierocracy. She won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially those of women, children, and refugees. She is the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to win the prize. She is currently living in exile in the UK due to increased persecution of opponents of the current regime.

We hope we have inspired you by telling you about the women who inspire us. As we said in the introduction, this (very) short list doesn’t even scratch the surface, so we’d love it if you tell us about the women that inspire you! Find a photo (or picture) of the woman, post it (in your grid or on your story) and tag us on Instagram @2.birds_1.stone and use our hashtag #2birds1stoneblog for a feature on our story.

Disclaimer: We @ 2 birds 1 stone in no way profit from any link clicks or purchases made as a result of this post // all our information from this post comes from Wikipedia.

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