Celebrating International Women’s Day

We asked our followers to share photos and stories of the women that had inspired them and to get the ball rolling, we shared our Top 5 Inspirational Women:

 1. Queen ‘Mamohato, 1941 – 2003

Prince Seeiso’s mother, The Late Queen Mother ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso, known as the Mother of the Nation, created Hlokomela Bana in the 1980’s to provide care and support for some of the most vulnerable children in Lesotho. Hlokomela Bana, which means “Take Care of Children” in Sesotho, works closely with principal chiefs to identify what support can be best provided to those who have lost their parents or are living with disabilities. The organisation is now run by Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso following the death of The Late Queen Mother ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso in 2003. Watch Prince Seeiso’s nomination here:

 2. Princess Diana, 1961 – 1997

“HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it”. Princess Diana supported a number of charitable causes and had a particular interest in health related causes including HIV and AIDS. Princess Diana’s commitment and dedication to raising awareness of the epidemic helped to challenge the stigma around the virus by being photographed with many people living with the disease.


Princess Diana visits an AIDS hostel in Brazil, 1991

3. Elizabeth Taylor, 1932 – 2011

“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance”. Even before the death of her close friend, Rock Hudson in 1985, Elizabeth Taylor campaigned to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and find a cure at a time when few people would even acknowledge the disease. She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985 and set up the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.

British-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor, veteran campaigner and film star attends a conference on AIDS in Florence, Italy in June 1991. Also attending the conference were leading AIDS researchers from around the world, including French researcher Luc Montagner, and Robert Gallo from America. (AP Photo/Brunellesco Torrini)

Elizabeth Taylor attends a conference on AIDS in Florence, Italy in June 1991.

4. Amelia Earhart, 1897 – 1937

“I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others”. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932, and was the first female pilot in 1935. Between 1930 and 1935 she set seven women’s speed and aviation distance records. She followed her dream to fly solo across the world in 1937, however her flight went missing on the trip and she was never seen again. Amelia is considered an aviation pioneer and is an example of the importance of following your dreams.

Amelia Earhart in 1891

Amelia Earhart

5. Malala Yousafzai, 1997 – 

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality”. Malala has been campaigning for Pakistani women and children’s rights since the age of 11. In October 2012, she was shot in the face by a Taliban gunman for her views on female education; she had campaigned for equal access to education despite girls being prohibited to attend school under Taliban rule. She narrowly survived and travelled to England where she received intensive care. She was names in Time Magazine Top 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and in 2014 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize making her the youngest ever recipient of the award.

Malala Yousef on the front cover of TIME Magazine

Malala Yousef on the front cover of TIME Magazine

We also asked some of our team to share who they were inspired by:

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