Meet these incredible women who have suffered and made the world a better place
Women have been the symbols of bravery and boldness for centuries; everybody knows they are the most stubborn creatures in their pursuit of positively changing the world’s dynamics. Becoming symbols of courage is not easy, yet these women stood up and spoke out for their rights and those who were oppressed.
These women are not competitors with one another, but a manifestation of sisterhood. They believe in moving forward, making a place for the weak, and helping each other to create a world where everyone can pursue their dreams and meet their needs without any fear.
The women we will mention in this article are from both the past and present because centuries. Still, oppression and violence against women, children, and marginalized members of society remain prevalent.
These ladies have embodied and built upon the legacy of all those brave women leaders before them and have become unbreakable and formidable sources ofhope in society. They have been through hell and managed to break their silence and tell the world in hopes of encouraging others and playing their part in making the world a peaceful place.
There’s simply no space in this article to include every amazing woman out there who’s a helping hand to society; nonetheless, we mention a few of these remarkable women below.
Elizabeth Smart is a child safety activist; she gained national attention at the age of 14 when she got kidnapped from her home. She was held captive for nine months by Brian David Mitchell, who did many nasty things to her, including drugging her, tying her to a tree, and raping several times until the police fijnally rescued her. She didn’t let her spirits die down after the heart-wrenching events. She became one of the most vital voices against human trafficking and abduction. In 2011, Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation. She is currently working as a Commentator for ‘ABC News.
Brisa De Angulo
Brisa De Angulo is the founder and CEO of A Breeze of Hope Foundation. As a lawyer, psychologist, and human rights activist, she dedicates her life to improving access to justice and healing for survivors of sexual violence against children. Brisa, a survivor of childhood sexual violence, uses her story and expertise to challenge the status quo and promote legislation safeguarding children. At 17, Brisa mobilized her community in Bolivia and persuaded government officials, including the President, to pass a law declaring August 9th Bolivia’s national day in solidarity with survivors and against childhood sexual violence. Every year since tens of thousands of supporters across Bolivia has gathered that day to express their solidarity and challenge toxic social norms and practices.
With 18 years of experience working with survivors, and 22 years working with early childhood development, Brisa’s insights have created a remarkably effective set of interventions. Her center for child survivors of sexual violence in Cochabamba, Bolivia, implements these interventions daily, serving more than 500 children annually.
In addition, Brisa is a public speaker, researcher, and author of many books. Her life story, her drive, and her outstanding accomplishments have garnered recognition from around the world. Brisa has received many international awards for her work, including the CNN Heroes, BBC Outlook Inspirations Award, the World of Children Award, and Elevate Prize.
Florence Kelly is the name you will always hear when you read the history of women activists. The reason is that Kelley pioneered wage abolitionism as an American political and social reformer. Not only that, but she is also a children’s rights activist who served as the National Consumers League’s first general secretary; she also helped found(NAACP) the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights lawyer from Iran. She had represented Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and imprisoned activists following the Iranian presidential elections in June 2009, convicts sentenced to death for offenses committed when they were minors. In 2020, she was the subject of a documentary. In 2021, Nasrin Sotoudeh was listed in Time magazine’s Most Influential People in the World list. Sotoudeh has been a vocal critic of Iran’s judicial process, treatment of women, and the death penalty.
Amanda Smith was an American Methodist Preacher and formerly enslaved person Who Opened an Orphanage for African-American Girls. Born into slavery, Amanda Smith stepped into freedom after her father bought his and his family’s freedom. Starting as a domestic help, she became a missionary and a Holiness movement leader who invested in women’s education wholeheartedly and even established an orphanage for Black girls. At the time of her death in 1915, the Chicago Defender called Amanda Berry Smith “the most remarkable woman that this race has ever given to the world.”