Register Spotlight: Inspiring Female Figures
With March being Women's History Month, members of The Royal Register team each shared an inpsiring female figure in history whose legacy inspires them in their daily lives. Here are our picks!
Rahul's Pick - Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace was a ground breaking researcher in computer scientist. Her published paper on computing discovered that technology was capable of far more than calculations.
Shanzey's Pick - Arfa Karim Rhandawa
Hunched over books and an old computer in a small village in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Arfa Karim Rhandawa became a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age of nine. Her name was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person in the world to become an MCP, making her kknown to the world as the "Daughter of Pakistan." She was a prodigy who empowered youth all over the world to pursue their passions, destroying the myth that achievement is determined by one's age. She paved the way for youth in Pakistan to explore higher fields and highlighted the tremendous talent found in a third world country in front of the entire world. She recieved countless awards for her efforts as well as acknowlegement from Bill Gates, to the point where she was invited to be the keynote speaker at Microsoft's Tech-Ed developers conference. She went on to reach unspeakable heights and accomplushed so much more until one unfortunate night where she suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away in 2011. She was only sixteen then, but Arfa Karim's legacy outlives her to this day.
Ashvini's Pick - Eleanor Roosevelt
"A woman is like a tea bag - you don't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water."
Eleanor Roosevelt is best known for being the First Lady of the United States from 1933-1943. She revolutionized the role by performing an active part in the affairs of the government, even openly disagreeing with her husband, former President Theodore Roosevelt's, policies at times. She persistently fought for the rights of women in the workplace, the civil rights of African and Asian Americans. Above all, Eleanor was a writer, publishing over 27 books and 8000 coloumns. Ultimately, her legacy is a reminder of the results that quiet persistence and undending dedication to a cause can bring.
Ms. Pellizzari's Pick - Jacinda Ardern
Jacinda Ardern is the Prime Minister of New Zealand. In light of the recent terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has shown incredible strength as she publicly addressed the devastation. Most notably, Ardern was adamant in not giving the shooter in the attack the notoriety he sought from his actions. In this way, we can better remember and support the victims and their families. #NoNotoriety. We need more exemplary leaders like Jacinda Arden who help keep communities together in times of hardships.
Nada's Pick - Malala Yousafzai
At the mere age of 15, Malala Yousafzai survived an attempted Taliban assassination, she was targeted as a result of outspoken advocation for girls' education. Even through the traumatizing experience, Malala never stopped her activism and continued to develop into the youngest Nobel Peace prize laureate.
Faiq's Pick - Margaret Thatcher
The Rt. Honourable Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 1979 to 1990. Either widely loved, or extremely vilified; Thatcherbrought economic prosperity to the UK during very dire times. Under her Conservative government, legislation emphasized the free market, privatization of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. Britain entered the '90s transformed into a winner on the international stage, the economy had become more productive with a 16-year boom between 1992 and 2008. "The Iron Fist" was an enigmatic force in the UK, with her influence felt internationally.
Sean's Pick - Marie Curie
Marie Curie was a Nobel Prize winning scientist born on November 7, 1867. Her work lead to the discovery of two elements - polonium and radium, in addition to massive developments in X-Ray technology and cancer treatment. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the first man or woman to win a Nobel Prize in more than two categories: physics and chemistry. Her discoveries have led to radioactive treatments in medicine which has saved millions of lives as well as inspiring men and women to pursue STEM across the globe.
Paige's Pick - Meghan Markle:
Meghan Markle is a former actress who is now the Duchess of Sussex. I find it so inspiring how her marriage to Prince Harry is not her only significance. Meghan has used her large platform to greatly speak about gender quality and activism.
Happy Women's History Month BR!