Happy Womens Day!

Happy Womens Day!

More than half of the world's population is female. And we all - more than 3 billion women - are unique and capable of changing the world. We have already had some successes in recent years. The most powerful woman in the world is our Chancellor Angela Merkel, Greta Thunberg is only 18 years old and the face of the global climate movement “Friday's for future” and in 2019 NASA has for the first time a group of exclusively female scientists for repair work in the Sent into space. As Laurel Thatcher once said, good women rarely make history. For this reason, we use International Women's Day to introduce eight inspiring women who have surpassed themselves for all of us, fought for equality and thus fundamentally changed our history.

"This International Women's Day has been the most important rally for women's suffrage that the history of the movement for the emancipation of women can mark to this day."

Clara Zetkin, 1911

 

Let's start with the woman to whom we owe International Women's Day. In 1910, the German politician, peace activist and women's rights activist Clara Zetkin proposed the introduction of an international women's day at the second international socialist women's conference. A year later, this proposal was put into practice. While only five countries took part in the beginning, women are now celebrated all over the world on March 8th.

 “Although I may be the first woman in this position, I will not be the last. Because every little girl sees that this is a land of opportunity. "

Kamala Harris

She is 56 years old, a lawyer and has often been the first woman in office. Now Kamala Harris is the first female and first black Vice President of the United States, and has changed the image of United States leaders in a big way. The daughter of an Indian and a Jamaican has been campaigning against racism since she was a child and, thanks to her swearing in, now gives women all over the world hope for more equality.

"I raise my voice - not to scream, but to speak for those who have no voice."

Malala Yousafzai

At the age of eleven, Malala Yousafzai began campaigning for women's rights in her homeland, Pakistan. In the form of a blog diary she wrote about the violent crimes of the Taliban for the website of the British television broadcaster BBC. For ten weeks Malala wrote about the terrible situation in her home country. While it has been praised and becoming more famous in the western world, it has been increasingly targeted by the Taliban. To stop her, Malala was shot and seriously injured on a bus. The 20-year-old has not lost her courage. She now lives in England and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

"Because there is always light, if we are only brave enough to see it, if we are only brave enough to be it."

Amanda Gorman

At just 22 years of age, the poet stood for a new America. An America that actively fights against racism and inequality and is committed to feminism. And this vision she shares with the whole nation at the inauguration of the 46th President, Joe Biden. Overnight, Amanda's words go viral and get food for thought around the world. According to himself, Gorman also wants to become President of the United States one day.

"Never let the limited imagination of others limit you."

Carol Mae Jemison

As the first African American woman in space, Carol Mae Jemison is immortalized in history. In 1992 she took part in the 50th Space Shuttle Mission and set off into space as a mission specialist on the “STS-47” mission. Already at kindergarten age, the American knew that one day she would like to become a scientist. She later founded a company that integrates modern technologies into developing countries.

“I have no problem being different. It's great to be different. What matters are the inner values of a person. And inside I am happy! I have fun! I am jazz! "

Jazz Jennings

At the age of just 20, the American activist Jazz Jennings is already the mouthpiece for the LGBT community and campaigns for their rights. She is one of the youngest people to become publicly known as transgender. At the age of 5, she was diagnosed with gender-specific dysphoria. Always supported by her family, Jazz founded an organization in 2007 that advocates the needs of trans young people. She is now also a reality TV star, YouTuber and model.

“I knew if I stopped, no one would believe that women had the ability to run more than 26 miles. If I stop everyone would say it was a publicity gag. If I quit, it would set women's sports back, far back instead of forward. "

Kathrine Switzer

At the age of 12, the American started running a mile every day and trained with the male athletics team during her studies. Although women were not allowed to take part in the Boston Marathon at that time, Kathrine Switzer signed up for it and ran with the number 261. Despite several attempts to tear off the number, she crossed the finish line after several hours and her action broke a discourse the rules of women’s sport. 50 years after her first run, at the age of 70, Switzer completed the Boston Marathon in under 5 hours. Her project, “261 fearless” is a global women's running network that aims to empower and unite women through running, training programs, communication platforms and events. 

We think that every woman must have the opportunity to do what she wants. Bye bye gender stereotypes and idealized images of beauty! With successes such as lowering the tampon tax, driving licenses for Saudi women or feminist movements such as #bodypositivity or #bodyneutrality, we promote equal opportunities and emphasize the uniqueness of every woman. Because that's us! Unique, brave, confident and ready to take on the world.