Tuesday, 8 March, 2016
They influenced history, civil rights, arts, music, sports, science and literature. These are just a few of the brave ones who decided to step forward and change the destiny of the misnamed “weaker sex”, icons of the struggle for feminism and equality.
Amelia Earhart (1897 – ?)
American aviator pioneer. Disappeared in 1937 when she was 39, trying to make a circumnavigational flight. Even though it was not successful, she crossed the Caribbean, part of Latin America, Africa, and Australia, achieving the record and the feat of flying non-stop from the Red Sea to India.
Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971)
She is recognized as one of the most innovative designers of all time. At the beginning of the 20th century when women were condemned to wear long and uncomfortable dresses, Chanel came out with elegant designs, inspired in simple and masculinized cuts.
Frida Kahlo (1907- 1954)
The Mexican artist made self-portraits and paintings reflecting powerful moments of her life, like the severe accident that kept her bedridden and her unfruitful efforts to become a mother. She was subject and object of her own artwork, which is recognized around the globe.
Gabriela Mistral (1889- 1957)
Poet, teacher, diplomat and Chilean feminist, she was the first Latin American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945. She is one of the most relevant writers, as much for her work in literature as her contributions to education.
Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962)
Sex and beauty symbol of the 20th century. With her famous blond sexy look she starred as inspiration in over 30 films. She became the muse of the famous playwright Arthur Miller and the baseball player Joe DiMaggio, apart from her controversial affair with the Kennedys.
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961. 1997)
Called the “The people’s princess”, not only was she known around the world for her divorce from Prince Charles of England but also for her generous spirit towards the underprivileged, as her campaigns to help AIDS patients and also antipersonnel bombs victims.
Madonna (1958 – )
The Queen of pop, since the middle of the ‘80s has served as an influence to pop-culture, for being a music transgressor, wearing exuberant wardrobe, sexuality, feminism, religion, support to the sexual minorities and her humanitarian work in Malawi.
J.K Rowling (1965 -)
Novelist, author of the famous Harry Potter series, made an entire generation rediscover reading. Thanks to the success of her books she is ranked at number 12 in the list of the richest women in UK, fortune that she uses to support charity institutions.
Malala Yousafzai (1997-)
Activist and Pakistani student, Nobel Peace winner in 2014, the youngest to obtain the award. Since a teenager, she started a fight for education rights in her country. In 2012 she was victim of an assault that caused international condemnation but at the same time made her cause widely known.