According to Wikipedia, the first observance of a Women’s Day was held on 28 February 1909 in New York, but following the the 1910 International Woman’s Conference, 8 March later became the suggested day to celebrate. It later became a national holiday in Russia after women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917. Initially, only the socialist movement and communist countries celebrated the day until it was adopted by the United Nations in 1975.
Among the many remarkable women globally, we’ve picked out five from the BRICS member countries to celebrate today:
Dilma Rousseff (Brazil)
This political powerhouse first joined politics as a student in the late 1960s. In January 2011, she become Brazil’s first female president, making her one of the world’s most powerful women.
Anna Akhmatova (Russia)
Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova, was born on 23 June 1889 in Odessa, Ukraine and died 5 March 1966 in Domodedovo, Russia. Anna was one of the most significant Russian poets of the 20th century. Some of her published material includes ‘You Will Hear Thunder’ and ‘The Complete Poems of Akhmatova’.
Kalpana Chawla (India)
Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian origin to go to space. She passed away in the infamous Columbia disaster in 2003 when the space shuttle disintegrated over Texas while re-entering the earth’s atmosphere, ahead of the scheduled time set out to conclude its 28th mission.
Isabel Ge Mahe (China)
Isabel Ge Mahe is Vice President and Managing Director of Greater China, Apple. In September 2017 she ranked 12th on Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list. Isabel earned Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering degrees from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nunu Ntshingila (South Africa)
Head of Facebook Africa, Nunu Ntshingila, served numerous years in corporate before being joining Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, one of the continent’s largest agencies as Chairman. She is currently the head of Facebook for Africa and was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame in 2016.