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: 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: 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: 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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