At Travelers Society, we always seek to empower our awesome woman travelers. In honor of International Women’s Day this week, we are recognizing 10 of the many amazing women who have changed the world.
1. Anne Frank
Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl forced into hiding during the Holocaust. Her renowned diary, The Diary of Anne Frank, documents her life in hiding from ages 13 to 15 and provides a window into her experiences of the atrocities of World War II.
2. Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth was a women’s rights activist and abolitionist who famously delivered the speech “Ain’t I A Woman”, which advocated for equality for all women, including black women. She was born into slavery, but escaped to freedom with her daughter, and abandoned her slave name, rechristening herself as Sojourner Truth.
3. Yusra Mardini
Yusra Mardini is 19-year-old swimmer who fled Syria with her sister after their house was destroyed in the Syrian Civil War. When the motor of their refugee boat stopped working, she jumped into the water and helped to push the boat full of people for 3 hours until they reached land. She went on to train for and compete in the 2016 Olympics.
4. Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. She set numerous records in aviation and earned the respect of many male pilots. Earhart advocated for gender equality in both her career and her personal life, inspired many women to follow in her footsteps, and is widely regarded as a feminist icon.
5. Joanne Liu
Joanne Liu is the current International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). She has worked with refugees, supported communities affected by natural disaster, and organized programs to provide medical care for sexual violence survivors. Liu developed the telemedicine project, making specialists accessible from remote areas around the globe.
6. Cassandra De Pecol
Cassandra De Pecol is an American woman who set Guinness World Records for being the first and fastest person to travel to all of the sovereign nations in the world. During her travels, she was a peace ambassador for the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism, and advocated for environmentalism and humanitarianism.
7. Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir was a French philosopher who famously wrote The Second Sex, an iconic text that examined the oppression of womanhood throughout history and voiced the idea of the gender-sex distinction for the first time. The book is seen as part of the foundations of modern feminism.
8. Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai was the first African woman and first environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She started the Green Belt Movement, an ecofeminist organization that plants trees, combats deforestation, and provide resources for women in rural Kenya. She was a powerful advocate for environmental conservation, women’s rights, and democracy.
9. Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a 20-year-old Pakistani activist who is known for her advocacy for female education, especially in her home village where the Taliban had forbidden girls from attending school. After being shot in a murder attempt by the Taliban at the age of 15, she survived and went on to become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in history.
10. Huda Shaarawi
Huda Sha’arawi was an Egyptian feminist leader who organized public lectures and academic education for Egyptian women, bringing women out of the confines of their homes. She established a women’s welfare society to raise money for poor Egyptian women. In 1923, she famously removed her face veil in public, a symbolic moment in feminist history.
March 16 – March 18
April 4 – April 7 (Qingming Holiday)
April 4 – April 7 (Qingming Holiday)