Happy Womens Day!

Happy Womens Day!

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

"This International Women's Day has been the most important rally for women's suffrage in the history of the movement for the emancipation of women to date."

Clara Zetkin, 1911

 

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

 “While I may be the first woman to hold this position, I will not be the last. Because every little girl can see that this is a land of opportunity."

Kamala Harris

She is 56 years old, a lawyer and has often been the first woman to hold an office. Now Kamala Harris is the first female and the first black female vice president of the United States and has changed the face of US leaders quite a bit. The daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father has been campaigning against racism since childhood and thanks to her swearing-in, she is now giving women around the world hope for more equality.

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

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai began campaigning for women's rights in her homeland, Pakistan, at the age of eleven. In the form of a blog diary, she wrote about the Taliban's violent crimes for the BBC's website. For ten weeks Malala wrote about the terrible situation in her home country. While she has been praised and risen in fame by the Western world, she has come under increasing scrutiny from the Taliban. To stop them, Malala was shot and seriously injured on a bus. However, the 20-year-old has not lost her courage. She now lives in England and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

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

Amanda Gorman

At only 22 years old, the poet represents a new America. An America that actively fights against racism and inequality and champions feminism. And she shares that vision with the whole nation at the inauguration of the 46th President, Joe Biden. Overnight, Amanda's words went viral and got people thinking around the world. By his own admission, Gorman would like to one day become President of the United States.

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

Carol Mae Jemison

Carol Mae Jemison made history as the first African American woman in space. In 1992, she took part in the 50th Space Shuttle Mission and went into space as a Mission Specialist on the STS-47 mission. Even as a child, the American knew that one day she wanted to be a scientist. She later founded a company that integrates modern technologies in developing countries.

“I have no problem with being different. Being different is great. What matters are the inner values of a person. And inside I'm happy! I have fun! I'm jazz!"

Jazz Jennings

At only 20 years old, 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. She was diagnosed with gender dysphoria when she was 5 years old. Always supported by her family, Jazz founded an organization in 2007 to serve the needs of trans youth. She is now also a reality TV star, YouTuber and model.

"I knew that if I stopped, no one would believe that women had the ability to run 26+ miles. If I stopped, everyone would say it was a publicity stunt. If I quit, it would set women's sport back, way back, rather than forward."

Kathrine Switzer

The American started running a mile a day at age 12 and trained with the male track and field team while she was in college. Although women were not allowed to take part in the Boston marathon at the time, Kathrine Switzer registered for it and ran with the number 261. Despite several attempts to rip off the number, she finished several hours later and triggered a discourse with her action the rules of women's sport. 50 years after her first run, Switzer completed the Boston Marathon in under 5 hours at the age of 70. Her project, “261 fearless” is a global women's running network that aims to empower and unite women through running, educational programs, communication platforms and events. 

We believe that every woman must have the opportunity to do whatever 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, bold, confident and ready to take on the world.