My list of great women
Ayn Rand [knew her since I was twenty]
Her writings which are almost 50+ years old, are timeless epics. when you finish her novels life starts to look different. One such quote that I am still trying (yeah! you got it right, still trying) to observe is
"I swear - by my life and my love for it -- that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." John Galt in Atlas Shrugged.
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (aka Mother Therasa) [knew her since I was fourteen]
There goes an incident, when Mother Theresa was raising funds for the orphanage in Calcutta, one reckless guy spit in her hand when she asked him for money. She peacefully told him that she would keep the spit for herself but would appreciate any money for orphanage. A noble human being.
Helen Keller [knew her since I was sixteen, I guess she was taught as a lesson in english prose]
When we are so empathetic with tons of self pity and pessimism, the life of this deafblind woman, a role model to millions of people, can easily dismiss our plights as satiric humor. This bible of the braille speaking world served as an eye opener helping both physically and mentally blind.
Marie Curie [knew her since I was sixteen, introduced by my class mate from a science mag. ]
Two time nobel laurette, her own reasearch voided her life. I am touched by her dedication towards her goal.
Krishnammal Jagannathan: [knew her just an year back through anandha vikatan]
Fights for the upliftment of the tillers in tamil nadu against mighty land lords. To fight against money, power and fanatics needs courage, determination and time; she has contributed most of her life for such a noble cause against ignorance. Surprisingly she still lives in a thatched hut living the life of the people she voices for; with an ability to raise and donate in denomination of lakhs of rupees for tsunami victims. a living very much remniscent to that of Kamaraj and Kakkan.
Wilma Rudolph [knew her through a discovery channel documentary]
against all odds, she ran her way from poverty, cripple to grab three olympic golds. i think the movie 'forrest gump' has an inspiration from her, when little forrest blows his steel shoes and runs "just like that"
..to be appended.