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5 Women I Admire

Cheswin counts down 5 inspirational women for International Women's Day

Written by Cheswin Lewis and posted in opinion

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama was the first black “First Lady”. She did so much for the world, not just America. She made a campaign to so stop childhood obesity, called 'Lets Move!'. She made another campaign for the girls in Nigeria. #bringbackourgirls was the name of the campaign to stop the kidnapping of young school girls in Nigeria. In Nigeria 276 girls remain missing after being abducted from their school by the terror group Boko Haram. She is such an independent, well respected and thoughtful individual. She definitely counts as a role model. These are a few reasons why I admire Michelle Obama.

Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty

Rihanna is my favourite singer. She is a well respected music artist. She inspires so many young girls and boys. She accepted the Humanitarian of The Year award from Harvard. She made her own brand called FENTYxPUMA and she also worked with River Island. She is known as the ‘princess of pop’. Rihanna has voiced her support for the #23ways campaign, which aims to instil greater racial justice in the US. She was the first black person to model for Dior. She is so inspirational and amazing. 

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham is the first plus size model in the modelling industry. I find that really inspirational because it shows you to be proud of your body, to be who you are and not to let society bring you down. It doesn’t matter how skinny or big you are, if you’re proud of your image then that’s amazing.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a well known, well respected person. She is the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She is the richest African American person. She came from a rough background; she lived with her single poor mother in Mississippi, she said she was raped by her cousin, father and family friend. She ran way a lot when she was younger. She gave birth at the age of 14 but the baby didn’t survive. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama and honorary decorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. Her childhood was horrible and that just shows you that anything is achievable if you set your mind and heart to it. She is truly an amazing person. She is the definition of a role model.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and is the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. She was injured after a Taliban gunman tried to assassinate her. She was left unconscious. After her condition improved she was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England. She became the world’s most famous teenager. She still to this day fights for women to have equal rights in Pakistan. She is so inspiring and she’s only 19.

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Published March 7th, 2017
Last updated March 21st, 2017
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