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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is among the most well-known and highly respected women in the world in the latter half of the twentieth century. Born in Yugoslavia in 1910, Mother Teresa was a humanitarian who devoted her life to looking after the poor, the sick, the dying and the outcasts of society. She founded her own Order - Missionaries Of Charity, established a home for the dying, as well a leper colony, authored books, and in 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mother Teresa died in 1997at the age of 87. Her work continues through the various projects she started throughout her lifetime. She was a beacon of hope whose tireless faith and devotion to humanity touched the lives of many people. Mother Teresa is a shining example of Love In Action.

Her life's work and dedication can be summed up by the following excerpt from her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech:

"I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared-for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone."

 
"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." -Mother Teresa


"We can do no great things,
only small things with great love."--Mother Teresa

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Helen Keller
 
Helen Keller was a remarkable woman, born in 1880 and died in 1968 at the age of 88. At age two, she contracted an illness that left her blind, deaf, unable to speak, and was considered backwards of intelligence. She lived in a dark and hopeless world of her own, until age 7, when she was placed in the care of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Through being taught letters spelt out in her hand, she came to realise the correlation between those words and their meaning.

From then on, using her dogged persistence, she went on to bring forth her intellectual and emotional abilities, being an avid learner, and despite the social obstacles of her time, became the first deaf/blind person to graduate from college. As an adult, she travelled the world, campaigned for civil rights, world peace, human dignity and women's rights, and authored many books and essays. She became a prominent figure in her lifetime, whose accomplishments attracted awe, respect, admiration and inspiration.
 

"We can do anything we want to do
if we stick to it long enough."

"Keep your face to the sunshine
and you will not see the shadows."

When we do the best we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

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Jane Addams
 

Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois, the eighth of nine children. Her father was a prosperous miller and local political leader who served for sixteen years as a state senator and fought as an officer in the Civil War; he was a friend of Abraham Lincoln whose letters to him began «My Dear Double D-'ed Addams». Because of a congenital spinal defect, Jane was not physically vigorous when young nor truly robust even later in life, but her spinal difficulty was remedied by surgery.

(Laura) Jane Addams (September 6, 1860-May 21, 1935) won worldwide recognition in the first third of the twentieth century as a pioneer social worker in America, as a feminist, and as an internationalist.

 
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Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale, the daughter of the wealthy landowner, William Nightingale of Embly Park, Hampshire, was born in Florence, Italy, on 12th May, 1820.

Florence Nightingale is most remembered as a pioneer of nursing and a reformer of hospital sanitation methods. For most of her ninety years, Nightingale pushed for reform of the British military health-care system and with that the profession of nursing started to gain the respect it deserved. Unknown to many, however, was her use of new techniques of statistical analysis, such as during the Crimean War when she plotted the incidence of preventable deaths in the military

Florence Nightingale's two greatest life achievements--pioneering of nursing and the reform of hospitals--were amazing considering that most Victorian women of her age group did not attend universities or pursue professional careers. It was her father, William Nightingale, who believed women, especially his children, should get an education. So Nightingale and her sister learned Italian, Latin, Greek, history, and mathematics. She in particular received excellent early preparation in mathematics from her father and aunt, and was also tutored in mathematics by James Sylvester. In 1854, after a year as a unpaid superintendent of a London "establishment for gentlewomen during illness," the Secretary of War, Sidney Herbert, recruited Nightingale and 38 nurses for service in Scutari during the Crimean War..
 
"You ask me why I do not write something.... I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they

ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results."--Florence Nightingale
"I can stand out the war with any man."--Florence Nightingale
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Empowering Quotes by Women
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"Woman must not accept; she must challenge.
She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her;
she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."
--Margaret Sanger
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If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names. — Elaine Gill
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"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
--Louisa May Alcott

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"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do.
Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
-- Betty Smith

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"You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame."
-- Erica Jong
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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." --Anais Nin
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"The truth will set you free.
But first, it will piss you off."
--Gloria Steinem
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"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom".-- Anais Nin
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"I can stand out the war with any man."--Florence Nightingale
 
 
 
 
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