March 8 is witnessed as international women’s day and it’s beautiful that the world keeps a day fix to celebrate the power of women. But do we need a day to honor our women who are an integral part of the society.
Woman is origin. So let us take pledge that we would respect their share of equality so that each day feels like a women’s day.
Let’s take a look to know some of the great ladies who have made the world proud and somehow a better place to live in.
She was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. She founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), a group known for extreme forms of protest such as chaining themselves to railings and going on hunger strikes.
In 1999 Time named her as one of the 100 most important people of 20th century, stating “she shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back”. Sadly Pankhurst never lived to see her dream become reality, dying three weeks before a law was passed giving women equal voting rights with men.
Unfortunately, Pankhurst never lived to see her dream become reality, dying three weeks before a law was passed giving women equal voting rights with men.
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She is also known as the “Iron Lady” or “Mengoubi” (“the fair one”). She is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Manipur. Having refused food and water for more than 500 weeks she has been called “the world’s longest hunger striker”. She began a hunger strike on 2 November 2000 which ended on 9 August 2016. On International Women’s Day, 2014 she was voted the top woman icon of India by MSN Poll.
She is an Indian campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks and a TV host. She is an acid attack survivor and speaks for the rights of acid attack victims. She was attacked in 2005, at age 15, by a 32-year-old man whose advances she had rejected.She has also advocated against acid attacks through gathering 27,000 signatures for a petition to curb acid sales, and taking that cause to the Indian Supreme Court. Her petition led the Supreme Court to order the central and state governments to regulate the sale of acid, and the Parliament to make prosecutions of acid attacks easier to pursue.
She is the director of Chhanv Foundation, a NGO dedicated to help the survivors of acid attacks in India. She is also the face of Viva and Diva, promoting all girls to reflect on their inner beauty rather than exterior appearance.