Celebration of Female Role Models

Updated: Feb 6, 2019

In late 2017, the BBC released a list of the Top 100 most influential and inspirational women for that year:

here are three of them and what they have accomplished.

Virali Modi has been fighting for disabled people’s rights for roughly 10 years. Since

her accident, Modi has been gaining followers on social media and raising

awareness of disability in India. While campaigning for the easier access at

railways, the BBC took notice and put her in their top 100.

“Having a disability isn't really a disability," says Modi. "Disabled are those who cannot feel empathy and love. A 'disability' cannot stop you from pursuing your dreams... I want to be an

actress, I'm going to keep fighting for my right to be pursue my passion. Just because my legs aren't working, doesn't mean that my right to live is over!"

Amy Cuddy is an American psychiatrist and lecturer who focuses on social stimuli,

emotions and discrimination against working mothers, ethnic minorities and the

elderly. She has become famous through her TED talks, exploring the effects of

“power posing”, although she received some criticism.

She explained how non-verbal expression, like posing, can affect people’s emotions and behaviour,

particularly a posture associated with dominance or power. In her presentation,

she talked about how this pose can increase a person’s desire to take risks and

even make them better in job interviews. She has researched this theory more

over the years, publishing “Trends in Cognitive Sciences,” “Journal of Personality”

and, in 2015, “Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges” rose to No.3

in The New York Times’ Best Seller list.

Peggy Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut and former

NASA Chief Astronaut. She is also the first female commander of the ISS

(International Space Station) and (aged 57) is also the oldest female astronaut

ever in space. Whitson also holds the records for the longest spacewalk in America (around 288 days in total), adding to her world record for spending 534 days in space. Her space missions have included Expedition 16, which

launched in 2007 on the Soyuz TMA-11 rocket, in which she begun work at the ISS, and expedition 52, in which Whitson, who was still on the 51st, was asked to stay on the ISS for an extended period of time. Throughout the years, Whitson

has been presented multiple awards, including the NASA Outstanding

Leadership Medal (2006), NASA Tech Brief Award (1995) and the NASA

Sustained Superior Perf (1990).

“Seeing the Earth for the first time in orbit, you will be surprised that you never noticed the quality and texture of colours. High above Earth, you will remember what your parents taught you...” – Peggy Whitson