When I was younger I was fascinated by courageous women. Today I remain deeply amazed and compelled by women who have defied incredible obstacles meant to prohibit their performance due to gender or race, or pose great risk to their life. You have seen, read about, and encountered women like these also; they are all around us. To enumerate them here would necessitate a list much longer than we could possibly click through in one sitting. And why shouldn't it? Women are amazing and deserve to be celebrated everyday. Below is a sampling of seven courageous women from that mega-long list. I hope they inspire you, too!
1. Malala Yousafzai
This young lady has endured more than women twice her age. One day when Malala was on her way home from school, another moment she was shot in the head by men who objected to the education of females and Malala's speaking out about the rights of women. Malala knew the possibilities and resistance she was up against but still continued to stand up for her beliefs. Malala survived the attack and now works towards education for all girls in her country while also serving as a symbol of perseverance and determination for women across the globe, making her one of the most courageous women in the world.