Voting is Now Open for Your Favourite in Our Inspirational Top 10 - #SheWhoShines

Voting is Now Open for Your Favourite in Our Inspirational Top 10 - #SheWhoShines

#SheWhoShines is our way of appreciating the accomplishments of women around the world, in the run up to International Women's Day, on March 8th. 

Over the last week we have written blogs on 10 amazing women (technically 11, counting Bobbi Gibb). The aim has been to highlight some incredible work done all around the world by women, and to also highlight some relatively unknown women. 

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#SheWhoShines 10. Marjorie 'Grandma' Thomas - The Woman Who Has Walked Over 1200 Miles For Navajo Youth

#SheWhoShines 10. Marjorie 'Grandma' Thomas - The Woman Who Has Walked Over 1200 Miles For Navajo Youth

Marjorie Thomas, affectionately known as 'Grandma' by the young people in her community, is an 85 year-old Navajo from Chinle, Arizona, who now lives on the same plot of land she grew up on. Her father died when she was 2 years old, and her mother owned livestock in Chinle, resulting in them moving there after his death. Growing up, she says, there was nothing to do aside from herd sheep, and most of her youth was spent with the elderly.  "It's like not having teenage years. I didn't do things other kids were doing, there was no one to do it with."

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#SheWhoShines 9. Lillian Moller Gilbreth - The Psychologist, Engineer, Mother of 12 and Genius in the Art of Modern Living

#SheWhoShines 9. Lillian Moller Gilbreth - The Psychologist, Engineer, Mother of 12 and Genius in the Art of Modern Living

Most of us are probably unaware that Lillian Moller Gilbreth gave us many of the designs and inventions to make work and life easier. For example, two of her most well-known inventions were the electric mixer, shelves inside refrigerator doors, including the egg keeper and butter tray, and the foot-pedal trash can. We also owe to her the concept of workplace design and what is now known as ‘ergonomics’.

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#SheWhoShines 8. Emmeline Pankhurst - The Woman Who Fought For Women's Right To Vote

#SheWhoShines 8. Emmeline Pankhurst - The Woman Who Fought For Women's Right To Vote

Emmeline Pankhurst, a fiery, determined and courageous woman, paved the way for feminists by defying the traditional roles of 'wife' and 'mother' .

Emmeline Goulden was born in Manchester, England, in 1858. Her parents were both political activists and supporters of women’s right. Emmeline is considered to be one of the leaders of the suffragette movement in the UK who led the way to win the right for women to vote.  In 1879 at the age of 20 she married Richard Pankhurst, a barrister and a supporter of the women's suffrage movement.

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#SheWhoShines 7. Wangari Muta Maathai - The Woman Who Has Planted Over 35 Million Trees

#SheWhoShines 7. Wangari Muta Maathai - The Woman Who Has Planted Over 35 Million Trees

Wangari (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011), an environmental and political activist, was the first woman in East & Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. She was also the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her "contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace". Born into a poor family, her mother insisted that she receive education, an opportunity that not many girls had at that time. She flourished and was offered a place at a boarding school run by Irish nuns. When she was 13, the British occupation broke out, and around 100,000 Kenyans were killed. Her mother was ordered to live in a camp, surrounded by trenches. 

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#SheWhoShines 6. Aung San Suu Kyi – The Woman Who Sacrificed Life With Her Family For The People Of Myanmar

#SheWhoShines 6. Aung San Suu Kyi – The Woman Who Sacrificed Life With Her Family For The People Of Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese stateswoman who was, in 1991, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. She donated the $1.3M prize money to establish a health and education trust for the Burmese people. It is said that her “struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades. She has become an important symbol in the struggle against oppression...”

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#SheWhoShines 5. Katherine Switzer (And Bobbi Gibb) - The Women Who Took On The Boston Marathon

#SheWhoShines 5. Katherine Switzer (And Bobbi Gibb) - The Women Who Took On The Boston Marathon

This 5th #SheWhoShines blog was started with the intention of writing about Katherine Switzer, a woman who is best know for being the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967. In researching Kathrine, I learned that in the previous year, 1966, there was another woman who ran the marathon. Her name was Roberta 'Bobbi' Gibb, and the difference between the two is that Kathrine ran as a numbered entry, however Bobbi ran un-registered (She hid in the bushes, and jumped into the race as it started). After completing the race, they both inspired millions of women to break social norms and defy prejudices about women in sports, therefore this blog is dedicated to both Bobbi & Katherine. 

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