I have been listening to inspiring talks, reading great articles and learning about people who have changed the world.
It is very obvious that mens names are more common in the science community, and everything I seem to come across with.
Now, this is not a post to bash men, or say life is not fair for women blah blah.
I’m just curious about women you have come across that inspired you, changed your perspective, and have made the world a little better.
Please, name a woman you admire for her mind, post a link, a video, anything!!
As a woman myself I’m very interested in learning more about my gender !!
Thanks in advance guys.
Ayn Rand. First that came to mind, and the first woman I had the insatiable appetite to want to more about her. Author of Atlas Shrugged, The Anthem, and Virtue of Selfishness, philosopher, and a go-fucking-getter (a go get-her ha..pun). Research her, even if you don’t find her ideologies sync with you, I’d be surprised if you didn’t find her zest admirable.
This woman is influencing a lot of people. She used to work for NASA and teaches people to see auras. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Brennan
Jean Liedloff has influenced me a lot with her book The Continuum Concept. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuum_concept
Senator Barbara Charline Jordan
She was a famous political activist and Irish revolutionary around the late 1800s-early 1900s. Born in England, but with some Anglo-Irish roots, she passionately did some crazy shit to upset the Crown and the British government. For awhile, she was involved with the Occult and a secret society called the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and she was an actress for a short time as well.
Also – Karen Nyberg
She is an astronaut, currently working in the ISS space station/lab. I’d like to point out that she worked for my parents for a short time, and lived in my hometown, Henning Minnesota, as well as graduated from the school (which is grades K-12 all in one building). The town of Henning only has a population of about 700, with no larger towns or cities for about a 40-50 mile radius. So everyone in the whole area tends to know each other on a personal level. Her dad builds all these giant sculptures in a nearby town too (Vinning, MN. Pop. 68). It’s pretty cool, but it freaks people out who are just passing through haha.
There’s a website called Makers.com that does short features on women who are rocking their particular worlds, be they CEOs, politicians, bloggers, activists, athletes, etc. that I enjoy perusing every now and then.
Gloria Steinem (?) is pretty cool to read about.
Cammi Granato, olympic gold medalist 1998/captain of USA women’s ice hockey team
Sigridur Maria Egilsdottir: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24678442
Wendy Davis, Texas state senator who is now running for Texas governor
Lauren Bush Lauren
Libba Bray writes teen novels and explores really interesting themes…I enjoy her writing a lot.
Hilary Clinton’s life story is pretty interesting, even if you don’t agree with her politics.
Same with Sandra Day O’Connor, or any of the female Justices of the Supreme Court if law interests you.
I was thinking about this recently a lot too. I was wondering why there aren’t more famous women in history. There are some great ones though (Boudica, Marie Curie and Elizabeth I). There are plenty of TED talks with fantastic woman speakers.
I think it’s something to do with our nature. Women are usually more family and community orientated (more on the side of heart). Then men are more work and progress orientated (more on the side of mind).
I admire my mom most of all. Not for her mind but for her heart. She’s an incredible woman!
When I read this post, one person came to my mind right away. This girl I used to date, I’ll call her ZJ to keep her anonymous. But she pretty much had a big influence on my life looking back at it now.
Back during the time when she was in my life, I wasn’t really “aware” if you know what I mean. I kind of just went to school & work & did that whole routine. But she showed me how to live. She always had ideas about different things to do. And she really did change my perception. I realized I was just kind of letting life pass me.
But I’m very glad I met her & understand the purpose of her being in my life for that time period.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Mae West, Lucille Ball, Prime Minister Julia Gillard. These are four women that I respect so much, they may not be in science as you ask but science is not as important to me as civil strength and rational progress.