~ By Dixie Andelin Forsyth,
Feminine power has been understood and practiced by countless women throughout the ages. There are many examples of more modern women who use their feminine power for good. I have listed only a few for you to get the idea of how influential women have always been. Of course, inside the home is where our greatest influence lies as we raise all the people of earth and civilizations depend upon us. But I found this interesting.
A Few Historically Influential Women
Most of history was recorded by men and includes details pertaining to politics, wars, and economics. Our history is scarce, but not because we are less important. Many of the greatest women in history have been hidden behind the walls of their homes and have devoted their lives to tasks such as raising children and homemaking—work that rarely makes the news, but which is the foundation of any society. Our greatest story is an untold drama within a drama.
We put our talents to other use.
We are represented by our gender in history, just not as frequently as men. Perhaps many of us have been too busy with other essential matters. The following is a list of relatively few women who used their feminine power to change the world and received some recognition or fame for it. But the majority of us remain out of the history books because of what we do. We are mothers, nurturers, creators and supporters. We are the stabilizing force in families and ultimately countries. What we do is indispensable.
To get a little better idea of what some of us have endured and also contributed, let’s look at a tiny sampling of women who have used feminine influence to improve the world outside their homes.
1. Adi Roche - Founded an organization that helps orphans of nuclear disaster.
2. Abigail Adams - Mended the rift between two former U.S. presidents.
3. Azie Morton - Valued education and gave back to her community.
4. Aung San Suu Kyi - Dedicated her life to freeing Burma from an oppressive dictatorship and creating democracy without violence.
5. Carrie M. Thomas - Pioneer and model for women in education.
6. Corrie Ten Boom - Risked her life to help hundreds of Jews escape during WWII.
7. Malala Yousafzai - Speaks out for the rights of girls to have an education.
8. Visaka Dharmadasa - Works to ease the horrors of war in Sri Lanka.
9. Sacajawea - Guided Lewis and Clark across the Northwest Territories.
10. Robin Lim - Devotes her life to the birth experience so that all humans are born with an intact capacity to love.
11. Queen Emma - Left a legacy of hospitals and schools for the people of Hawaii.
12. Harriet Tubman - Organized the Underground Railroad and helped lead slaves to freedom.
13. Clara Barton - Started the American Red Cross. Known as the "angel of the battlefield."
14. Chi Nguyen - Honored for helping street children in Vietnam.
15. Dr. Hawa Abdi - She is a Somali doctor who built a hospital, risked her life to help others and is a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.
16. Dorothy Humbert - Inspired her family when she went back to college in her 70's.
17. Immokalee Ilibagiza - Inspires thousands of people around the world by teaching her experiences of discovering God during the Rwandan holocaust and learning the power of forgiveness.
18. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson - African American mathematicians and engineers who worked at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) during the space race. They calculated space trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. Their calculations were critical to the success of many missions.
This list is small compared to the multitude of heroic women who are our fellow sisters. It does not include the millions who are not famous but who have risked their lives in defense of others and the ones they love, are loyal, hardworking and pillars of feminine strength. Perhaps you are one of them.