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7 Women Who Have Made Significant Strides

Date January 26, 2018 13:52

The freedom of women is the greatest revolution, not just of our own day, but of all time, since it breaks fetters which are as old as the world. - Louise Dittmar, 1848

Emancipation

At the core of humanity is the struggle, a desire for self-expression, free from the restraint of overlords or chains of generational platitudes. We all want to be free!

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Abbey Kelly Foster, an early emancipist, penned this realization,

In striving to strike off his chains, we found most surely we were chained ourselves.

In 1840, events at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London revealed an almost ironic reality, which sparked the cause in the hearts of Lucretia Mott, Abbey Kelly Foster, Elizabeth Stanton, and a few others to push for equal rights for women in a world proudly run by men.

That push led to the creation of the Declaration of Sentiments, in 1848, 8 years later. By 1919, women earned the right of suffrage. It was the culmination of a struggle that was vehemently opposed years prior.

Richest women

Today, women may not have attained equal status with men, but they have come a long way in business, government, and other spheres of life. According to Forbes, out of the 2043 billionaires of 2017, 227 were women.

1. France’s Liliane Bettencourt

With a net worth of $39.5 billion, L’Oreal cosmetics heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, remains the world’s wealthiest woman for yet another year.

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2. Alice Walton

The daughter of Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton, was ranked the second wealthiest woman in the world, worth $33.8 billion.

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3. Jacqueline Mars

The wealth of this woman is worth $27 billion.

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4. Maria Franca Fissolo

Nutella fortune heiress and widow of Michele Ferrero has $25.2 billion.

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5. Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs has $20 billion from her joint assets in Apple and Disney.

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6. Gina Rinehart

The chairman of Hancock Prospecting and Australian mining magnate makes the list with a net worth of $15 billion.

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7. Abigail Johnson

She is the chief executive officer of Fidelity Investments and an astute businesswoman. She makes the list with net worth of $14.4 billion.

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Hard work pays off

The successes of women today may have its roots in the early struggles of the emancipation movement about 200 years ago.

These are truly an inspiration to womanhood and examples for many others to follow as well.