Women are making exceptional contributions in every field of life and are a significant part of society. Every year on March 8th, International Women’s Day is observed all around the world to celebrate their contributions and achievements. International Women’s Day honors women and girls’ social, economic, political, cultural, and scientific accomplishments. This day honors women who are important members of society and are responsible for the development of nations.
The first International Women’s Day celebration was attended by over a million individuals in 1911. Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated by all women worldwide and is not limited to any one country, community, or organization. “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” is the theme for International Women’s Day 2022, with the hashtag #BreakTheBias being used to increase awareness of the widespread bias against women.
There have been many influential women throughout history. Despite the fact that women’s history has been mostly overlooked or even forgotten over the centuries, many women have made significant contributions to society through activism, art, politics, and leadership. To commemorate International Women’s Day, we honor five extraordinary women who, like many others, work to improve society all throughout the world. These five ladies have made significant contributions to society:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
“Women’s rights are a vital aspect of the wider human rights agenda, oriented on the equal dignity and opportunity to live in the freedom that all people should enjoy,” says Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, and co-founder of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. Throughout her illustrious career, Ginsburg has been a leader for gender equality.
While she was remarkable in her achievements, she was far from alone in her ambitions, and she received a great deal of support from other smart and driven women. Ginsburg championed causes such as economic equality for women, educational equality, civil rights for immigrants and unregistered persons, and rights for persons with disabilities throughout her career.
Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto was born in Pakistan and had been a political activist since she was a child. She became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan at the age of 35. During her tenure in government, Bhutto electrified the countryside, established schools across the country, prioritized hunger, housing, and healthcare, and worked to modernize Pakistan. In 2007, while she was leaving a campaign event, she was killed. Her legacy includes her attempts to promote democracy and women’s empowerment.
Muqadasa Ahmadzai, Afghanistan Social and Political Activist
Muqadasa Ahmadzai, a social and political activist, has strived hard to support women and their communities during the COVID19 outbreak, despite widespread misinformation. She was a member of Afghanistan’s Youth Parliament, where she advocated for women’s and children’s rights. She gathered a group of over 400 young women activists from Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan to commute to neighboring districts and assist domestic violence survivors.
Muniba Mazari, Activist, Artist, Motivational Speaker
Muniba Mazari, Pakistan’s first United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, is a role model for many. She is a motivational speaker, writer, artist, singer, and activist. The ironwoman of Pakistan is a wheelchair-bound activist who is destroying the glass ceiling.
When she was only 21 she met an accident that changed her life and left her partially paralyzed. However, the tremendous agony she felt as a result of the accident became her strength, allowing her to connect with those who were suffering. She became an activist as a result of the event, supporting women and girls who have faced discrimination or violence. She is raising awareness about child abuse and violence and advocating for children’s education.
MacKenzie Scott, Philanthropist, Author, Novelist
MacKenzie Scott is a philanthropist, author, and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. She was married to him for 25 years. In mid-2019, they divorced, and she got 25% of his Amazon stock.
She joined the Giving Pledge in May 2019, shortly after announcing the conditions of her divorce on Twitter, committing to give away at least half of her money over the course of her lifetime. Scott pledged a total of $5.8 billion in contributions to 500 NGOs in 2020 and another $2.74 billion to 286 organizations in June 2021.