Mode Celebrates 25 Women for International Women’s Day

Mode celebrate 25 years of service to our clients and to celebrate International women’s day we thought we’d take a look at 25 inspirational women over the last century.

Well you can not hell but mention Emily Pankhurst. Whilst it is acknowledged she wasn’t perfect, she demanded equality for women and her work led to women over the age of 30 being granted the vote, ok it was only granted if women owned property or were married to men that owned property in 1918, but they had to start somewhere! However at that moment, she taught us that you should never underestimate the power of a woman, as the Emily and the suffragettes were prepared to do anything to obtain the right to vote.

Bessie Coleman was a women that thought outside the box to achieve what she wanted to achieve. She became the first women of African-American descent to earn an aviation license after having been denied the opportunity in the US because she was a women and black.

Marie Curie- we have to mention this amazing woman particularly as we have supported the charity that bears her name for so long!  Curie won’t he Nobel prose twice as a pioneering scientist who saved countless lives due to her work with radioactivity. Curie was a lady of perseverance and having been denied a university place in Poland, moved to Paris to ensure she obtained the education she needed.

Hattie McDaniel tore down barriers by being the first African-American to receive an Oscar for her portrayal of ‘Mammy’ in Gone with the Wind- even though the venue that held the ceremony did not allow black people to enter. However she started the long path to Hollywood being more greatly diverse!

Amelia Earhart became the queen of the air as she was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean! She was determined to achieve her dream and let nothing stop her!

Marie Montessori created a system of education that looked at the science behind child development, she believed in offering children the best education they could receive regardless of their background.

A women that took no nonsense and contributed to the national security of Britain, was Baroness Trumpington who was a code breaker at Bletchley Park during the Second World War and evening when she was 91, still attended the House of Lords.

Irena Sendler became known as the female Schindler who smuggled thousands of Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto. She risked her own life for others including that of her family to do what was right.

Edith Summerskill campaigner for women’s equal rights, Edith was an MP made us all question the status quo of roles despite their marital status.

Little known Rosalind Franklin s so often overlooked, but she was part of the team that discovered the double-helix structure of DNA so just had to mention her!

As one of the first two women to become QC’s, Rose Heilbron was the first woman to take the lead in a murder case in England and she was described by one of their clients as the “the greatest lawyer in history”!

Indira Gandhi was the first female Prime Minister of India and in 1972 forged the agreement to end war between India and Pakistan.

The first woman to go  into space was Valentina Tereshkova she never let go of achieving her dreams.

Audrey Hepburn there is nothing this woman couldn’t do! She was a great humanitarian and her endless optimism spread throughout the world, as well as being an iconic actress she had also been the Dutch Resistance.

Martin Luther King recognised the work of our next inspirational woman Coretta Scott-King who also was a civil rights leader in the 50’s and 60’s and aimed to work for all victims of oppression whatever they were discriminated against.

Love her or hate her Margaret Thatcher the daughter of a greengrocer rose the political ranks to becomes Britain’s first female Prime Minister and her refusal to back down during the miners strikes or the Falklands conflict earned her the title of the Iron Lady.

The first CEO of a Fortune 500 company was Katharine Graham who’s ethos was to love what you do and feel that it matters-how could anything be more fun?

Madonna, has to make it into our top 25 inspirational women as the Queen of pop, along with being the Queen of reinvention. She is the best selling female recording artist of all time and represents being tough, ambitious and knows exactly what she wants!

Ultimate media mogul Oprah Winfrey is not only a talk show host, motivational speaker and philanthropist represents how women can be successful impresarios!

Benazir Bhutto was the first female Prime Minister of a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation.

22-time Grammy awards winning artist, Beyoncé definitely has to be on our list as she is single handily responsible for some of the best pop songs in the last 20 years! She has shown dedication even down to jogging and singing whilst she was younger to increase her stamina for performances.

Championing the Violence Against Women Act to negotiating the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in 2012, Hilary Clinton shows us that even in the jaws of defeat, we can learn from our mistakes and carry on fighting for what we believe in.

Often regarded as the greatest female tennis player of all time Serena Williams joins our iconic women having won 23 grand slam titles and won the 2017 Australian Open whilst being 2 months pregnant!

Just for fun The Kardashians must be mentioned! Whether you like them or you don’t they have been very clever in creating a brand out of their name!

And on a more serious note Malala Yousafzai survived a Taliban assassination attempt as retaliation for her activism for girls’ education and went on to be the youngest Nobel Prize winner!!

We know that we have only mentioned a fraction of the truly inspirational and incredible women there are in the world, but we hope you have enjoyed this look back at our 25th Anniversary 25 inspirational women

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