Gender pay gap, sexual abuse, looked down upon, working twice as hard to be appreciated and still accused of “seducing her way to success”- there isn’t any dearth in the hurdles women face in this misogynist world. And yet there are women, who are still managing to be inspirations, motivating millions. So, on the eve of International Women’s Day, how about recounting the awe-inspiring life story of three such wonders- Sanna Marin, Oprah Winfrey, and Jennifer Lopez?
Finland’s youngest PM Sanna Marin, 34, who is proud to be raised by two moms
Brought up by a ‘rainbow family- her mother and female partner, Sanna Marin often felt ‘invisible’ growing up as homosexuality was considered even more of a taboo back then, forbidding her to speak openly about her family.
Children of homosexual couples often faced bullying in schools and colleges, but Sanna Marin has learned to be bold and confident from a very young age and “wouldn’t have taken anything easily.”
Sanna Marin is the first person in her family to attend college, following which she quickly ascended in her political career that included being a member of Parliament since 2015, then her recent appointment as minister of transportation and communications, and now, Finland’s PM.
Oprah Winfrey and the legacy she wrote, single-handedly
Oprah Winfrey- is a symbol, a thought process, a motivation today, but there was also a time when she lived in abject poverty, wore dresses made of potato sacks to school, and was sexually abused by family members. She became pregnant at the age of 14 and gave birth to a premature son who died shortly after birth.
But Oprah Winfrey vowed to write her own destiny. From landing her first job in radio at the age of 19 to moving to Chicago at the age of 29 and making the city’s lowest-rated talk show, AM Chicago, The Oprah Winfrey Show, a legend in itself, was no mean feat nor was becoming a millionaire at the age of 32!
Jennifer Lopez and the by-default uphill battle of being a woman
Sexy, bold, confident- anyone who looks at Jennifer Lopez could never imagine the years she spent trying to make it big in an industry that saw women as undeserving of any fame or success.
“‘Why is she successful?’ You get a lot of that when you’re a successful woman,” Jennifer Lopez said. “You don’t get that as much when you’re a man.” But then she realized that her success is “not a mistake.” “I worked hard to be here.’ And you know what? Congratulations to myself,” she added. “It’s like, ‘You’re doing good, baby. Give yourself a break.’”