10 Ordinary Women Whose Life Can Inspire Everyone
Did you know that your actions can change you from being ordinary to extraordinary? Every day, we read stories of women who completely changed their lives as well as others.
These are people who look beyond the typical definition of success and emphasize on compassion and generosity while contributing to something bigger than themselves.
This article profiles 10 ordinary women and the lessons we can take from them. You can inspire the world too if you follow in their footsteps.
1. Cathy O’ Grandy: Random acts of kindness
Cathy‘s mission is to put a smile on faces of everybody who comes across her, including strangers. Do you know how she achieves it? It is through the smallest things in life.
When her mum died of cancer 19 years ago, she needed to embrace her legacy of heartfelt generosity and take it to a higher notch. She could donate gift cards to families in Boston during Thanksgiving day and give out blankets and clothing to the homeless. Today, Cathy is an accountant and also sells jewelry. But all her free time is dedicated to giving back to the society because it is what makes her happier.
2. Rosa Parks: Civil rights movement
In December 1955, Rosa Park boarded a bus in Montgomery to take her home after a long day of work. The driver asked her to move from her seat but she refused to give it up.
The seat was in the colored section and meant for a white person. She defied the driver’s demands and ended up in a police cell for civil disobedience. Her defiance and arrest led to a boycott which is still considered today one of the pivotal acts of the Civil Rights Movement. The lesson we get here is that we must not to give up on what’s rightfully ours.
3. Lauren Billings: Exemplary life
If you want to inspire change, then you have to lead by example. This is what we learn from Lauren Billings whose favorite childhood days involved exploring the outdoors.
When she moved to New York, she registered with an adventure club and it dawned on her that many children never get a chance to feel the nature like she used to when she was young. She decided to change this situation. In partnership with Discover Outdoors Foundation, she started raising funds to help young people who haven’t experienced nature due to lack of opportunity. She would then set out exciting journeys to different places like Mt. Kilimanjaro with a purpose of helping kids to overcome common fears.
4. Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves: Women and science
These two ladies were passionate about engineering. They decided to make a team at the University of Illinois so they could show young girls who had similar interests that this tough industry is not just meant for men.
Hobbs and Eaves wanted the world to know that girls can do great in the fields of engineering, technology, and science. They designed toy dolls which were paradigms of talented women in the industry.
They also added interactive games that taught the girls how to live inspirational lives. Their mission was to encourage girls to follow their passions no matter what.
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5. Candy Lightner: Fighting drunk driving
Candy Lightner’s teenage daughter was run over by a habitual DWI offender. She launched an organization known as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in March 1980.
The main purpose of the organization was to transform the American attitude on driving with influence. And it worked because its inauguration inspired stricter rules and legal consequences for people who drink-drive in the country.
6. Erin Lila Wilson: The transformative power of yoga to young people
At 13 years of age, Erin Wilson discovered her passion for yoga and felt the need to pass it on to others. Since then, her life revolves around sharing the exercises with Californian teenagers particularly those whose health is at risk. She actually starts a yoga program for scholars in 2012. Her classes help students make meaningful one-on-one connections instead of spending time on social media. What a great endeavor to nurture young people’s inner lives!
7. Krystyna Balut and Kaysy: A secret shouldn’t be carried to the grave
For a long time, no one ever spoke about the Mass Polish Abduction in Russia that happened during the Second World War. It was until a few survivors opened up because they didn’t want to carry the secret to their graves.
An 83-year-old woman, Krystyna Balut, together with her granddaughter Kaysy decided to share the story even after so many years had passed. The story became an animated documentary and a novel that the younger generation reads today.
After their story, many other survivors in Seattle, Washington had to break out and tell their stories.
8. Joanne K. Rowling: Inspired a New Generation of Readers
When Joanne got divorced, she struggled to make the ends meet as a single mother. She started working on a novel she had been composing for 5 years. Her story (Harry Porter) which is known worldwide today, was published in 1997 and carries the name, J.K Rowling. What’s surprising is that the publisher couldn’t believe that a woman could be the greatest inspiration for young boys.
9. Jackie Waters: A legacy of giving to the sick
Jackie had a sister named Tracy Siemer who fought brain cancer for 21 years but unfortunately died in May 2013. Tracy was a high-spirited person and Jackie adopted this positive thinking attitude.
Jackie was inspired by her sister’s strength that she created a website to help kids who struggle with debilitating medical conditions. Her website- Help Your Hero- also connects parents with sponsors to support them through their children’s journey.
10. Lilly Ledbetter: Fought for Equal Pay
Lilly Ledbetter worked at Goodyear for almost two decades. When she retired, she pressed charges on the company in the court of law for paying her meager wages. Over the year, she received a smaller salary than her male counterparts got.
Her lawsuit reached the Supreme Court but never ruled in Lilly’s favor. However, one of the judges, Ruth Ginsberg dissented the ruling and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Act was passed by the Congress in 2009. Up to date, this law protects all working women.
We find inspiration anywhere: from quotes, nature, and people. What makes you stay on track throughout the day? Almost every successful individual on earth started out as ordinary, doing the usual things that everyone does. But at a point in life, they decide to take their lifestyle a notch higher.
The 10 aforementioned women decided to take a stance and started doing things differently. And that is the decision that eventually turned them into legends. What’s more, they did things that other people thought were impossible or things that many people dream of. Did you know you could also become a legend? It will be such an honor to have you. If you change the society, we shall highlight your deeds on magazines, websites, and on TV!
Hopefully, the stories of the 10 strong women above who started as ordinary people will have some effect on you.
About the Author:
Nicole Lewis is a freelance writer and a professional blogger. She is interested in academic research and writing.