Inspiring Thursday: Frances Watkins Harper (1825-1911)

“Now is the time for our women to begin to try to lift up their heads and plant the roots of progress under the hearthstone.” Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in 1825 in Baltimore, Maryland to free Black parents, but unfortunately became an orphan at 3 years old. She grew up with her uncle …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-2020)

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933, in New York as the younger of the two children of Nathan Bader, a merchant, and Celia Bader. Her mother heavily influenced Ruth’s early life and she excelled …

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Inspiring Thursday: Florence Howe (1929-2020)

Florence Howe was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. Since she was a little girl, her parents and especially her mother who was a bookkeeper instilled a love of learning in Florence. Learning and education became a lifelong passion for her. Moreover, her intelligence and hard work predestined her for a wide range of …

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Inspiring Thursday: Malala Yousafzai

“I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.” Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 in Pakistan. Her father, who has an enormous influence on her, was a teacher at local school. Malala attended this school and became very passionate about her education. …

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Inspiring Thursday: Rebecca Gomperts

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts is the Founder and Director of Women on Waves and Women on Web, two non-profit organisations providing help and information on safe abortion and contraception. After completing a Masters in Public Policy at Princeton University and a PhD at Karolinska Institutet, Rebecca became an abortion doctor and environmental activist sailing with the …

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Inspiring Thursday: Riham Yacoub

“We are expecting that we might get killed as well, but this won’t stop us from asking for our rights and it won’t stop us from living.” Riham Yacoub was born in 1991 in Iraq into a middle-class family. She was a doctor, nutritionist and ran a woman´s gym in the Iraqi city of Basra. …

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Inspiring Thursday: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

“I’m tired of being silent. I’m tired of being afraid.” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was born in Mikashevichy, then Soviet Union, now Belarus. She grew up in Belarus but spent many summers in Roscrea, Ireland as part of a Chernobyl children´s programme which provided recuperation of health after they were affected by the radioactive fallout during the …

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Inspiring Thursday : Zuzana Čaputová

“I want to be the voice of those who are not heard…I’m not here to rule, I’m here to serve.” Zuzana Čaputová was born in 1973 in Bratislava, then Czechoslovakia. She grew up in a middle-class family near Bratislava. She graduated at the Faculty of Law and soon after that started her career in Open …

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Inspiring Thursday : Gisèle Halimi (1927-2020)

“Injustice is physically intolerable to me. All my life can be summed up with that.” Gisèle Halimi was born as Zeiza Gisèle Élise Taïeb in July 1927 to a poor and conservative Jewish family in Tunisia, then a French possession. Since the birth of a girl was considered bad luck during these times, her parents …

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