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8 Women Who Performed Groundbreaking Deeds We All Had No Clue About

The world is a chaos, and we all eventually learn and get used to living in the chaos. But not everyone settles. Some of them take a leap of faith, put in their heart and soul, blood and sweat, just to make this world a better place! We all can start today and make a difference, but we are too laid back in our comfort filled lives and think that our problems are too big and too much for us to handle, that we just can't make time and space for anything external. "Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems."                                                                                                                                   - Leroy HoodToday, let's talk about eight admirable women who are doing their part to make this world a better place!

1. Ursula David

Ursula who is based in Indianapolis has been in the construction business since 1983, starting this job mainly because she needed to take care of her daughter and self. She then contemplated and realised that she could express herself through this medium, but she wanted to pursue things her way. In 1993, she established Ursula David Homes, which incorporated her designs and building principles. It was based on the following principles; designing greener, more sustainable homes with contemporary designs. Ursula never received too much backlash from her male counterparts because they respected her. Words of Wisdom: “It’s funny! Sometimes we don’t think we even know what our passions are or what inspires us until we just try. Who knew that worrying about my daughter would lead me to discover my passion for construction, design, and making our neighbourhoods better?”

2. Gina L. Mulligan

Gina Mulligan wanted to write a novel Remember the Ladies, and for that, she had been researching and talking to various women. Her novel included a story about a powerful female lobbyist in 1887 trying to help pass an amendment for women’s suffrage. While she was researching for some strong, courageous women for her book, she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself. Then, she received letters, more than 200 of them, from people she had never even met. Gina realised how supported she felt after receiving those letters, so she decided to start a charity, Girls Love Mail. GLM collected handwritten letters of encouragement for newly diagnosed women with breast cancer, and the organisation has touched the lives of over 90,000 ladies since 2009.Words of Wisdom: “It’s the small acts of kindness that create amazing change. If you wait to do a big gesture all at once, you’ll never do anything.”Source: The Lysst  

3. Taryn Brumfitt

Taryn Brumfitt was just another Australian wife and a mother. After having children, she started off hating her body. To overcome this, she started training for a bikini competition. It was tough and required a lot of sacrifices, and even as she stood on stage in her perfect new body, she still wasn’t happy and confident.She then went ahead to figure out how and why so many people struggled with body image and how it could be changed. She eventually started a movement around it called, Taryn’s Body Image Movement, which she adapted into a book and her newly released film, EMBRACE, in which she goes global and speaks to women all over the world, prioritising health over beauty and changing the way women speak about their bodies. From a body-hater to a body-lover, Taryn posed nude for the whole world to see.Words of Wisdom: “Standing there on stage, I expected to feel like I had arrived at the place that I had worked all of my life to get to. I had the perfect bikini body. It’s what so many women think about and are driven to have. And at that moment, all I could think was to have what I’ve got right now has taken too much sacrifice, too much time, too much energy, too much obsession, and it’s just not worth it… So I’m standing there in my moment to shine, in my perfect body, and I’m not happy, and some of the women around me weren’t happy either. And it got me thinking: how the heck is anyone else going to be happy with their body?” 

4. Edna Ogwangi

Edna was born in Kenya and was raised during a time of drought. It resulted in starvation across her community. Also during this time, girls were not prioritised to attend school. But Edna’s mother knew she wanted her daughter to receive an education, and Edna was also saved herself from starvation, thanks to the meal packages she was receiving at her school. One day, as a fifth-grader, her eyes caught the text on the food packet she received which stated, “FROM THE UNITED STATES”.  She then and there thought, that one day she would travel to the United States to send food back to kids in Kenya. Guess what she’s doing these days?Edna now resides in Raleigh, NC, and works as the Chief Impact Officer at Rise Against Hunger, which is a global social impact organisation. She has a Masters degree in Social Work, and her methodologies have been put into practice into the UN’s sustainability agenda to end world hunger by 2030. Words of Wisdom: “I do strongly believe that when I do my job, I am part of the drop in a big ocean, and all I am doing is to help the ocean fill up faster! Each day I wake up, there is a feeling that what I am doing is contributing to this big ocean and making the world a better place. I am turning someone’s dream into reality!”

5. Jill Campen and Violaine Galland

Jill Campen, a sales and negotiation strategist, and Violaine Gallandand, an ex-Wall Street executive, have spent hundreds of hours observing women in negotiations.  As negotiation consultants with Scotwork North America, both of them believe that women are strong negotiators and have a knack for creating outcomes that are mutually positive. Words of Wisdom:“As women negotiators, it’s important to remember that we can be our authentic selves and still be bold to get what we want.  It just takes a focused, intentional mindset.  This means we have to allow ourselves the luxury of defining what we want.”  – Jill Campen“Women are inherently strong listeners and have high emotional intelligence.  These empathetic qualities should be embraced – they can be used to bring power to the negotiating table. We must always remember this and remember those fleeting feelings of doubt are temporary – we are powerful!”  – Violaine Galland

6. Kathleen Ruddy 

Kathleen Ruddy is the CEO of St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which turns out to be the largest non-government fund raiser of childhood cancer research grants (they raised over $38.5 million in 2016 to fund childhood cancer research). She began working in the childhood cancer community in 2001 and, that same day, she put her 30+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and marketing to work and began planning the growth for what is now St. Baldrick’s. Words of Wisdom: “Root yourself in humility – there’s always more to learn than is apparent. Ours is a service profession, and it’s rarely glamorous, but few lives offer greater rewards than the privilege of serving.” 

7. Amanda Hess

Dr Amanda Hess was all ready to give birth on a Sunday. She was at the hospital and prepared to be induced. But she had one last thing she had to do; Deliver the baby of one of her patient's.As Hess readied herself for childbirth, another woman's screams rang out at Frankfort, Ky., Regional Medical Center. It was Leah Halliday Johnson, a woman Hess had treated just days before. The on-call physician wasn't available at the moment, and Hess decided to take matters into her hand. She successfully delivered the baby.Words of wisdom: "I had actually taken a call the day before, so I thought really that I was working up to the last minute. But this was literally 'til the last second. I put on some boots over my flip flops and found another gown to cover myself up and did put my stuff to deliver on and delivered a baby."

8. Antonietta Ledezma

Antonietta is the daughter of an incarcerated politician, the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, who was arrested on accusations of conspiracy. She had spoken out against her father’s politically motivated imprisonment, going on to campaign on behalf of 77 other political prisoners currently incarcerated in Venezuela. In February she gave a moving speech at the UN Geneva Summit where she pledged to keep campaigning to defend her father against the Venezuelan government. Words of wisdom: ‘'We learned what human rights were in Venezuela because we had to fight for them, and this is a fight that has no boundaries’'.That's all, mates. You can reach out me on drishti@wittyfeed.com.Stay tuned!