Today’s influential woman is my mother, because she sure as hell deserves a spot on this list. Yes, she’s a normal woman just like (you, maybe,) and me. But that doesn’t take away the fact that she’s been very influential – at the very least, for the past 20 years, to me. We always have been very close, and today I will share three things my mom has taught me.
This post is going to be a little different from the other ones in the series, because this woman is a little different from the other ones in the series, in the sense that she’s not at at all unknown. NZinga Mbande (16th/17th c.) was the queen of the region that is now known as Angola. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of her before, but queen Nzinga Mbande is one of the biggest figures in Angolan history. When I was reading up on her, I encountered tons of very positive articles, depicting her as a warrior queen, fighting colonisation and slavery, who was always supported by her people. When digging deeper, though, I found something closer to the truth.
I’m low-key offended I hadn’t heard of Hedy Lamarr before I saw her name pass when googling influential women for this series. This woman is awesome as hell, combining beauty and brains like it’s no damn big deal. Most people know Lamarr for her work as an American actress and beauty-icon, but – not surprisingly – little is said about her greatly influential work as an inventor after her career as an actress.
Ahh, the story of Phoolan Devi: from low cast girl in northern India to being infamously known as the “Bandit Queen” and having multiple counts of murder on her name, to a member of Parliament in Uttar Pradesh, to being assassinated by gunshots at her own home. Quite the ride, isn’t it? Today, I’ll tell you all about it.