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International Women's Day: Women who inspired change

Thursday, 8 March 2012 Leave a Comment

Today is International Women's Day 2012 and to celebrate i have picked out four women throughout history who inspire me. Women who were strong, independent and stood up for what they believed in.

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Boudica or Boudicca

Boudica, (a.k.a Boudicea) was an ancient British warrior Queen. The leader of the Celtic Iceni, she bravely lead a revolt against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. After the death of her husband, the Romans had stolen her land and raped her daughters. 

Boudica lead an army who fought against the Roman invaders and she was somewhat successful. However, word soon spread amongst the Roman Empire of a warrior Queen leading an revolt. The Romans fearing an uprising, assembled a large army and a battle ensued between them and Boudica's army. According Tacitus (a Roman senator and historian), Boudica sensed her defeat against the Roman army and rather than be taken as a slave, committed suicide.

The Roman writer Cassius Dio described Boudica as:
“very tall. Her eyes seemed to stab you. Her voice was harsh and loud. Her thick, reddish-brown hair flung down below her waist. She always wore a great golden torc around her neck and a flowing tartan cloak fastened with a brooch.” [2]

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Elizabeth I 
(The virgin Queen) 7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603 

The daughter of Henry VIII, Elizabeth was Queen of England and Ireland and the last reigning monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth, who often referred to England as her husband, defied tradition by resisting marriage and insisting that she needed no man by her side to aid her rule. 

Elizabeth defended England against invaders, leading England to victory against the Spanish Armada and despite much opposition remained true to her protestant faith. She is a symbol of female independence, strength and determination.

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Emmiline Pankhurst 
15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928 

Emmiline was the leader of the British suffragette movement which campaigned to gain women the right to vote. She and many other women protested and were arrested several times for their campaign efforts. She herself went on hunger strike whilst in custody.  Emmiline's struggle for women's rights brought about a new era where women were not just homemakers, but useful, smart and equal members of society. 


Rosa Parks 
February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005

Parks didn't stand up for what she believed in, she sat down and stayed there. By simply refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, she started a ripple effect in the America civil rights movement. Though many others also did similar things around that same time, Parks' refusal to stand soon became a symbol of defiance against prejudice, racism, inequality and racial segregation.

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  • Paige said:  

    not going to lie...this makes me feel like im doing shit with my female life.

  • Elle said:  


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