Recently I watched a documentary called “An Ordinary Hero.” I became inspired by the story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Her extraordinary courage during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and ’60’s compelled me to know more about women who sought social justice to the detriment of their own safety. In fact they were willing to lay down their lives for a cause greater than themselves. In my investigation I chose six extraordinary women who have changed the world in my lifetime:
# 1 – Joan Trumpauer Mulholland discovered her passionate resolve to dedicate her life to the foundational principle of our Constitution that ALL men are created equal. Setting herself along that path cost her dearly, but did not deter her determination. She narrowly escaped being murdered. She was imprisoned in one of the most notorious prisons of the south, and placed on death row along with her fellow peaceful protestors. She was ostracized completely by her family. The following video is trailer for “An Ordinary Hero.”
# 2 and # 3 – Betty Williams and Mailread Corrigan were both recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. They became founders of the Peace Movement for and end to the violence between the Irish and the British.
# 4 – Benazir Bhutto – Prime Minister of Pakistan, she fought to bring democracy to her country. She fell victim to an assassin.
# 5 – Tegla Loroupe started a peace foundation in Kenya. She is a celebrated athlete and UN ambassador for peace to end conflicts in Africa. She won the UN Person of the Year Award for 2016.
# 6 – Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban at the age of 16 for fighting for rights for girls education.
These are remarkable women. They give hope to others that change is possible. They believed they could be the catalyst for that change. They will continue to inspire women to believe they, too, can make a positive difference as they try to change the their world.
© copyright 2017…..Phyllis Rogers