8 March is International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past and present.Take inspiration from these five remarkable women…

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”


Mother Teresa, religious sister and missionary who devoted her life to charitable works (1910-1997)

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”


J.K. Rowling, best-selling British novelist and philanthropist (1965-)

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”


Marie Curie, physicist, chemist and first female Nobel Prize winner, who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity (1867-1934)

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

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Amelia Earhart, pioneering aviator who became the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (1897-1939)

“I have learnt over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”


Rosa Parks, African-American Civil Rights activist who challenged racial segregation (1913-2005)


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