Inspiring Thursday: Sanna Marin

“We do have a problem with women, but we also have a problem with men. It’s very important that we realise it’s not a women’s issue, it’s a people issue.” Sanna Marin was born in 1985 in Helsinki, Finland. Her parents divorced when she was very young. After the separation, she was raised by her …

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Inspiring Thursday: Jacinda Ardern

“I want to be a good leader and not a good lady leader. I don’t want to be known as the woman who gave birth.” Jacinda Ardern was born in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1980. She attended a state school in Morrinsville and Murupara where she also grew up. After that, she studied and in …

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Inspiring Thursday: Michelle Obama

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” Michelle Obama, née Robinson was born and grew up in Chicago’s South Side. She studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University and then continued to study at Harvard Law …

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Inspiring Thursday: Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

“Women don’t need to find their voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.” Meghan Markle was born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. During her studies at Northwestern University, she started to pursue her acting career by taking several minor roles in movies and TV …

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Inspiring Thursday: Christy Turlington

“If we can’t support a woman while she is giving life, then we don’t support women.” Christy Turlington was born in 1969 in California into a middle-class family. When she was 14 years old, she was discovered by a local photographer, and soon after that, she started modeling. During her very successful modeling career, she …

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Inspiring Thursday: Rosa May Billinghurst (1875-1953)

Rosa May Billinghurst was born in 1875 in Lewisham, England into a middle-class family. When she was 5 months old she survived polio, which left her unable to walk. She wore leg-irons and used modified hand-tricycle. Her family paid for her basic education, however, her disability made it impossible for her to attend the university. …

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Inspiring Thursday: Kamala Harris

“If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.” It was in 1958 when Shyamala Gopalan entered the USA from India to study at the University of California, Berkley. She was a civil rights activist and later became a breast cancer researcher. During the civil rights movement protests, she met a …

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Inspiring Thursday: Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” Coretta Scott was born in Alabama as the third of four children. She studied music and became very politically active afterward. She became most famous as the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent …

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Inspiring Thursday: Gloria Steinem

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” Gloria Steinem was born in 1934, in Toledo, Ohio. Steinem has an extraordinary upbringing as she spent her early years traveling with her parents in a house trailer until she was 11 years old. After the divorce of her parents, …

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