Women who changed the world (Series 1)

Throughout history there have been many women who contributed to our world. Wether through their bravery, research or political influence. They set a role model to many women with their lives by breaking the stereotypes, cultural rules and were confronted with injustice. However that did not stop them from doing what they loved and with their passion going strong, they went out of their comfort zone to change the world.

With this being said, I´d like to start the first Series with one of my two favorite heroines in history:

Anne Frank

Being born to a Jewish family in 1929 Anne Frank and her family were one of the victims of the Holocaust. The family had to move to the Netherlands because of the growing power of the Nazis. With the occupation of the Netherlands her peaceful life ended soon. They had to spend many years in their hideout that was behind a bookcase.

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For her 13th birthday Anne received a diary as a present in which she wrote about her emotions and thoughts during their hiding. She aspired to be a journalist and wanted to publish her diary as a book.

The family was discovered and sent to concentration camps. Anne and her sister, Margot were transferred to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where they died just weeks before the war ended and the camp was liberated. Her father, Otto frank being the only survivor went back to retrieve the diary and made his daughter´s wish come true by publishing her diary as a book. It became a classic of war literature.

“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.” – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Amelia Earhart

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Born in Atchison, Kansan in 1897 Amelia Earhart spent her childhood in various towns and was always curious and liked to explore around the neighborhood. After moving to California she took up flying lessons and did odd jobs to pay for her lessons. Soon aviation became her hobby and in 1922 with the help of her sister and her mother she purchased her first plane, a Kinner Airster.

From then on Amelia Earhart made it her aim to open the new field of aviation to women. In 1928 she was elected to be the first female passenger on a transatlantic flight. In 1935 she made the impossible possible for many women by being the first person and woman ever to fly from Hawaii to the American mainland. She was also the first person to fly both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Earhart´s last flight occurred nearing her 40th birthday. Her ultimate dream was to be the first woman to fly around the world and in 1937 along with her navigator, Fred Noonan; they took of to accomplish her dream. They encountered problems with skies and rain showers and unfortunately disappeared. The attempts of the rescue team and the search both failed and on January 5, 1939 Earhart was declared dead.

„…now, and then, women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do.“ – Amelia Earhart

Sources:

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Frank

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3720.Anne_Frank

http://www.ameliaearhart.com/about/quotes.html

http://www.livescience.com/29363-amelia-earhart.html

http://www.ameliaearhartmuseum.org/AmeliaEarhart/AEBiography.htm

http://www.annefrank.org/de/Anne-Frank/Anne-Franks-Geschichte-im-Uberblick/

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