GIRL POWER: Inspiring Women Who Made a Difference

PeN introduces to you the ladies who made a difference! Girl Power all the way. Get to know these inspiring women!

Chhavi Rajawat

The youngest sarpanch to have ever served in India, Chhavi Rajawat left her stellar career in a private company to serve her village. She has been honored many times by the president of India and other award-giving bodies.

Inspired to be there for the villagers, she dumped a high-paying job to simply do what she does best- to serve.

Fatima Lodhi

Well known to be the “Champion of Diversity”, Fatima Lodhi disses color discrimination and fought for equality. She launched the ‘Dark is Divine’ campaign in Pakistan and earned praises around the world.

At 28, she simply proved that being young doesn’t necessarily make you voiceless. She also gave voice to women with disabilities.

Sass Rogando-Sasot

Known for her wit and love for her motherland, Sass Rogando-Sasot became a voice for the oppressed in the Philippines. She has been subjected to criticisms for being transgender but that didn’t stop her to educate the Filipinos with the view of realism.

Talent Jumo

A woman hailing from Zimbabwe, promoting health and women’s rights could be a little daunting but Talent Jumo found a way to successfully protect all the women in her country. She co-founded Katswe Sistahood which gives importance to family planning ; a platform to raise awareness against sexual exploitation.

Kalpana Chawla

Dubbed as the first woman with Indian origin in space, Kalpana Chawla contributed to a lot of space missions. She began to work with NASA in 1988 and had her first space mission in 1997. She worked closely on research and even became the Vice-President and Research Scientist of Overset Methods.

She died after a space mission blew off as it reaches the earth’s atmosphere. She got many post-humous awards as recognition for her tremendous contributions in her field.


Talk about 21st century heroes, Rosalia Gitau headed her team to light up what’s known to be the largest Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Ms. Gitau aid communities with off-grid solar-powered solutions through Solevolt.

Nujood Ali

Nujood was 10 years old when she demanded a divorce from a man who was already in his 30’s. Forced marriages were customary in Yemen and a little child protesting to be married ignited women’s rights showing yet another exemplary lead to other young girls who were also forced into marriages.


Having both her feet amputated didn’t stop Raissa Laurel from reaching her dreams. She suffered from a bomb-blast incident in 2010 but never did she lost her beam of positivity. She is now a lawyer and a city councilor in Manila, Philippines.

Posted by Clarisse Javier

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