Leaving Behind Legacies
Updated: Apr 10
“No nation can rise to the height of glory
unless your women are side by side with you.”
-Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Over years, women have strived hard and invested relentless efforts to rise through the ranks and mark their existence in the chronicles of history. Who knew that the gender confined within the four walls of her sanctuary will leave behind legacies for all young minds to follow. To pay tribute to International Women’s Day, let’s take look back at how women dominated in all fields of life.
Daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, was sworn in as the first ever female Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988. Paving her way through politics overpowered with toxic patriarchy, the legendary woman stood side by side with her male competitors and showed the world that your gender cannot even limit you to seek after the most diplomatic aspect of life if you have the determination and courage to stand up to others. Making her Prime Minister was perhaps the best choice this country has made at any point. The female Prime Minister was more empathetic towards the needs of her subject and catered to them more efficiently. Her valor today motivates many young women to study politics and international relations and dream to become politicians and diplomats in order to serve their country.
Furthermore, conducting pioneering research on radioactivity, Madam Marie Curie went beyond the limits of science in her time.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
- Madam Marie Curie
She was honored with many respectable medals and not one, but two Nobel Prizes. Today, when girls show interest in scientific fields, they admire Madam Curie as their role model and her achievements is a beacon of hope for them to succeed in life.
Painter Frida Kahlo is regarded as one of the most prominent artists of the twentieth century and Mexico's conspicuous artistic export. Not only was Frida a formidable artist, but she was also associated with politics and was an exploring women's activist. During the pinnacle of her success, Kahlo’s fate was met with a terrible bus accident that left her bedridden for nine months. Despite her severe injuries, she continued to paint and presented a piece called “The Bus” which was her artistic depiction of her accident. Her consistency and determination to keep going is a motivation for not only young girls, but the entire population of earth to turn your shortcomings into strengths. Kahlo portrayed her encounter with a terrible destiny through her art. Today, artists follow the footsteps of Kahlo and display their experiences in front of the world through their art. Young women work hard to become artists like Frida Kahlo so they could show their talent to the world and prove that they are no less.
Moreover, the first ever Indian pilot to fly in a combat zone, Gunjan Saxena, is an example for all women who aspire to become fighter pilots. She set an outstanding example for all women who live in a male-centric society to not hesitate by the patriarchy that encompasses them. In a crowd of muscular men, she stood on firm feet with a high head. She challenged gender stereotypes head on. Her gallantry is regarded. Today, no woman thinks twice before joining the army and fight for her country.
“In the future, there will be no female leaders.
There will just be leaders.”
These are some of the many examples of how women governed each field of life and opened avenues for the next generations of females. The world would be a smarter and more peaceful place if women were leading it. The legacies of exemplary women will be followed. In the foreseeable future, the World Order will change when women will step on the frontline.