Originally from Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an author and women's rights activist. Her writing has been translated into thirty different languages and has won multiple awards and prizes. Her stories often portray strong female characters and deal with a wide variety of issues including women's rights and identity. In 2012, Chimamanda did a TEDx talk with the title "We Should All Be Feminists", which was later published as an essay. The essay was extremely well-received and is an important contribution to feminist literature.
Mae Jemison is an engineer, doctor and NASA astronaut. She was the first African-American woman to go into space when she took off in shuttle Endeavor.
Mae had an aptitude for science from a young age. At 16, she recieved a scholarship to attend Stanford University where she achieved two undergraduate degrees. She went on to earn a PhD in medicine. After working briefly as a GP, Mae decided to volunteer in the Peace Corps, where she worked in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Meet Immaculée. She was only 12-years-old during the Rwandan genocide, where she lost her entire family and survived a machete attack to her back and the side of her head. She was left traumatised by her experience and felt alone having lost her support network.
When growing up, Xhelile was part of a big family. She had five sisters and two brothers. She had high grades in her first eight years of education, but due to financial difficulties she was unable to finish school. Only her brother was able to proceed to high school. She married when she was 29 and now has two children; a son and a daughter.
Emmeline Pankhurst was the daughter of an anti-slave campaigner and a passionate feminist. She married a socialist lawyer and together they fought for women's rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – a fight she continued with her three daughters after her husband's death.
She co-founded the Women’s Social and Political Union whose members were the first to be labelled "sufragettes." They famously took to radical protests in order to secure women's right to vote. Emmeline herself was arrested and underwent force-feeding whilst on hunger strike.
Nadia Murad is a Yezidi human rights activist. She was born and grew up in a farming village in Northern Iraq where she lived peacefully with her parents and many brothers and sisters.
Meet Amal, an 18-year-old Syrian refugee. She and her husband fled the horrors of war in Syria. When her family arrived in Mamzawa, she joined the Women for Women International - Northern Iraq programme.