Strong Women Quotes

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We find ourselves surrounded by wonderful inspiring women every day. This Mother’s Day we’ve been looking back in history at the incredible women who’ve changed our world and managed to raise a family – super women!

Emmeline Pankhurst

In 1903 she founded the Women’s social and political union, fighting to gain the right to (suffrage) vote for women and coined the title ‘suffragette’. Her interest and passion for women’s rights was a life-long pursuit having been born into a political family.

She had 5 children, including 3 daughters - Christabel, Sylvia and Adela. Christabel shared in her political views and was a prominent member of the WSPU. In fact, her arrest and the publicity that followed has been cited as a turning point in the use of more militant tactics by the WSPU.

In 1918 Women were granted limited voting rights, sadly Emmeline died 19 days before women were granted the same voting rights as men. However, her work and that of her daughter have been commemorated with the Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, London

“Women are very slow to rouse, but once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.”

 

Marie Curie

Is most famed for her pioneering scientific work which resulted in the discovery of polonium and then radium. This discovery led to her becoming the first female to be awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1903 and then in again in 1910. She was the first person to ever win 2 peace prizes and to this date is one of only 17 women to be awarded the title and one of 4 to have received more than one.

Her work was instrumental in the development of cancer treatment, much of which we use in modern medicine today.

Less well known is that she also had 2 daughters during this time; Irène in 1897 and Ève in 1904. Irène followed in her parent’s footsteps and became a chemist. In 1935, with her husband, she won the Nobel Peace prize for discovering artificial radioactivity. To date the Curies are the family who hold the most Nobel Peace prizes.

“I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy”.

 

Valentina Tereshkova

Was the first woman in space, piloting Vostok 6 on 16th June 1963. She rose to the top after being selected out of more than 400 applicants. She has orbited the earth 48 times and is the first and only woman to have completed a solo space mission. Before starting her space career, she was a textile factory worker and an amateur skydiver

Just one year after completing her space mission, she had a daughter Elena 8th June 1964. Who is the first person to have parents which have both been to space.

"I believe that a woman should always remain a woman and nothing feminine should be alien to her. At the same time, I strongly feel that no work done by a woman in the field of science or culture or whatever, however vigorous or demanding, can enter into conflict with her ancient 'wonderful mission' -- to love, to be loved -- and with her craving for the bliss of motherhood."

It’s safe to say that all our Mums are amazing and are the centre of our world. So, we want to wish these remarkable women and Mums around the world a wonderful Mother’s Day. Head over to our Facebook page and let us know what makes your Mum remarkable.