Anne Frank (1929-1945)
“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
Anne Frank was a little Jewish girl who died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 15 during World War II. She got a little diary from her father at the age of 13 and she wrote all about life during the Holocaust. Her diary became one of the world’s most read books.
Angelina Jolie (1975)
“I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation, someone would help us.”
Angelina is one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. With an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, she was once cited as the world’s highest-paid actress. Angelina is also known for her humanitarian achievements as she received many honours. She fights for various causes, especially those which involve women, children and refugees.
Coco Chanel (1883-1971)
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
Chanel started the Coco Chanel kingdom from less than nothing! Daughter of a market stall holder and a laundrywoman, she worked as a club singer and a hat maker in her youth before becoming one of the most iconic designers in the world.
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
Marie Curie, also known as ‘Madame Curie’, was the first person to ever win two Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry for her studies in radioactivity that marked the medical world forever. She became the first woman Professor of General Physics in the Faculty of Sciences at the Sorbonne. She was the first woman to obtain a Doctor of Science degree.
Oprah Winfrey (1954)
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Oprah was the daughter of a poor single mother. Today, she is worth $2.7 billion and she is one of the most successful TV show host, media proprietor and Philanthropist!
Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007)
“Democracy is the best revenge.”
This powerful lady was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1993-1996 and the first woman to head a Muslim state. She managed to put an end to military dictatorship in Pakistan and was a constant fighter for women’s rights. She got assassinated in 2007.
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.”
Princess D was one of the most loved princesses as she was called the ‘people’s princess.’ Her entire life was devoted to charity work and she was also the head of a Novel Prize winning campaign to ban landmine.
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
“I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.”
She was the first lady of civil rights in the 1950s, also called “the mother of the freedom movement.” She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, and she has her own Rosa Parks Day in several states across the US.