Women have had a remarkable influence on the world, but especially so within the last century. In the past, female leaders had to manipulate their male counterparts who held an official position in order to be considered great. The modern woman, however, can achieve greatness without the help of anyone else. Here are 6 women who exemplify this aspect.
1. Jane Addams
Addams was a social worker in Chicago at a time when the city was struggling to help those who were poor or in need. She organized night classes, started a kindergarten, and a number of social groups that helped people be able to come together. Addams also started Hull House, which was visited sometimes by more than 2,000 people each week. She worked with city leaders to improve the city in other ways as well and became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
2. Corazon Aquino
Aquino was satisfied to stay in the background. She was happy with her life and supporting her husband, who was a senator. When her husband was assassinated, however, Aquino became a unifying force for the Philippines and was eventually named the President of her country. She weather corruption charges and coup attempts and stepped down in 1992, not as successful as she had hoped to be, but influential nonetheless.
3. Rachel Carson
Carson might be solely responsible for the creation of the modern environmentalist movement. She studied the effects of pesticides on the environment and her work eventually led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. She was a writer at heart and what she was ultimately able to do was make nature accessible to the average person.
4 Hillary Clinton
Clinton might have been a US Senator and the Secretary of State, but she is a very big advocate for the victims of child abuse. She has used her influences to help women be able to find their voices in countries where equal rights aren’t as prevalent and has never been content to sit in her husband’s shadow. She is head strong, has military leadership experience as her vision of the Afghanistan conflict was implemented, and isn’t afraid to go her own way when it is required.
5. Indira Gandhi
She might share the name with the man who is considered the Father of a Nation, but Indira Gandhi is not related to him. She was, however, elected Prime Minister of India in 1966 and was the first ruler after the elimination of British rule. She steered India through a number of difficult situations, including the testing of a nuclear weapon, and is still the world’s longest serving female Prime Minister despite being assassinated nearly two decades ago.
6. Estee Lauder
Her name is synonymous with beauty and fashion, but it was her sales ability that built her name as a trademark. She launched the free gift with a purchase concept and some of her bath oils that were developed in the 1950s are still some of the world’s bestselling products.