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In an age dominated by social media, it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Everyone has an opinion these days, be it on body hair, gender identity, or politics. Facts will always remain, though, and ultimately, they’ll rise to the top.
As we progress into the unknown and assess what lies ahead in our modern world, it does us no harm—as occupants of this planet—to look at how we can make it better. Sometimes, to do that, it pays to look back in time and remember some inspiring women from the past. Women who didn’t just tweet opinions or share an online survey to do their bit, but women who put their words into actions by creating change and staying true to their beliefs.
All of this tends to be forgotten today where everyone is too busy on Facebook and Instagram, playing slot games on Mansion, including its popular great blue slot, or watching Netflix shows, alongside getting caught up in the chaos of our modern world. We can’t blame them for it, but what we can do is remind them of some past heroes to inspire further change and provide a sense of hope.
So, without further ado, here is a list of just a few inspiring women who helped change the world. Are you next?
An iconic actress, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actor to win an Oscar and—as a result—break the color barrier and create a hugely powerful statement for Hollywood. The hotel where the awards ceremony was held had a “No Blacks” rule, which sums up the struggles she faced. The next black actress to win an Oscar was Halle Berry almost 50 years later, but it might not have ever come if it wasn’t for Hattie McDaniel and her amazing performance in Gone With The Wind.
Noor Inayat Khan
Noor Inayat Khan is a symbol of defiance and standing up for what you believe in. The first Muslim female war hero, she was betrayed by her colleagues while undercover in France. They tortured her and, subsequently, executed her. Her story, though, is one of morality and staying true to her beliefs, as she refused to betray her non-violent principles, all while staying opposed to the dreadful Nazi rule.
At the age of just 17, Marina Ginesta made a huge name for herself during the Spanish Civil War. The social activist, journalist, and translator was a member of the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia and really captured the world’s attention thanks to an iconic photograph (above) taken in revolutionary Barcelona by Juan Guzmán atop the Hotel Colón. Ginesta survived the war and lived until 2014.
One of the main figures in the civil rights movement in the US in 1955. seamstress Rosa Parks resisted segregation in a time when it was so common. Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, alongside showing resistance against a bus rule which segregated black people and forced them to get on and off the bus differently. Rosa Parks didn’t do it, instead waiting until she was forced off the bus by the driver, inspiring millions in the process.
Alice Huyler Ramsey
Paving the way for women to break into the automobile industry, Alice Huyler Ramsey became the first woman to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. In times where women were told not to drive, Alice Huyler Ramsey ignored it as her and three friends made history by completing the first-ever all-women drive across the United States.