In celebrating Women’s Month we’ve put together a list of leading ladies who have demonstrated triumph over adversity. From writers to entrepreneurs, these are just a handful of what woman-power is all about.
Rapelang Rabana, Education specialist
Rapelang Rabana is improving education in South Africa through her company Rekindle Learning. She is a computer scientist and entrepreneur and is bridging the gap by providing education to those who need it. The objective is to make education technology available to organisations and schools across the country to assist in learning on all levels. Rapelang founded Rekindle Learning in 2013, she was also featured on a Forbes cover – all before the age of 30 and we can’t get enough of her commitment to community.
“You will need a lot of perseverance to keep going. No matter how prepared or smart you are, the real test is the ability to keep going.”
Monica Lewinsky, Public Speak
There are not many women who have experienced public humiliation as Monica Lewinsky did for her affair with Bill Clinton. Out of a devastating global character, annihilation is a courageous woman. We are inspired by her ability to cope and grow through copious amounts of cyberbullying and media ridicule and frankly, her survival through it all.
“I WAS THE MOST HUMILIATED WOMAN IN THE WORLD AND I SOMEHOW SURVIVED”
The Black Mambas
Although not a single woman, this group of activists is most inspirational for their fight against Rhino poaching. The Black Mamba Anti Poaching Unit was founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa to protect Balule Nature Reserve, which is part of The Greater Kruger National Park. The majority of the group is made up of women who patrol the area on foot to ensure the protection of South Africa’s most widely poached animal, the rhino. We can’t get enough of these heroines!
“Like humans, more than anything, Rhinos need our attention and respect.”
Cheryl Strayed, Author
Behind her best selling memoir, Wild, which charts her journey of self-discovery while walking the Pacific Crest Trail on her own, which was also made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon, is a woman who’s hard knocks have provided a catalyst of inner power. After tragic upbringing and failed divorce, we are inspired by Cheryl’s strength to walk an 1800 km solo hike.
“THERE IS SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL ABOUT DEALING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF ONE’S DECISIONS.”