Inspiring Women – the OROGOLD Woman

The OROGOLD woman. Who is the perfect OROGOLD woman? Where would you find her? Is she a famous personality? Is she a celebrity or a leader in the fields of science, technology or literature? Is she famous? Is she compassionate? Well, there is no single answer that defines the perfect OROGOLD woman.

An OROGOLD woman exists in each and every woman in the world. The OROGOLD woman is the part of you that doesn’t just care about outer beauty, but also concerns is with the inner soul. The OROGOLD woman is not just focused on appearances, she is known to be extremely compassionate as well. The OROGOLD woman is born out of struggles and forged with a steely determination. The OROGOLD woman is not just concerned about a better today, she is interested in leaving a better tomorrow. Finally, the OROGOLD woman doesn’t only excel in her own field, but also inspires others to excel in their respective fields.

As you may already be aware, OROGOLD is celebrating the achievements of women who have inspired countless others with their actions this week. Our search for OROGOLD women takes us high and low, left and right, allover the world. After a lot of thought and consideration, we have come up with a short list of women in all spheres of life – women who have actually managed to make a huge difference in the world.


Actress Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson

Emma Thompson is a British actress, author and screenwriter who was conferred with the honor of being named one of the greatest actresses in Britain in her generation. Emma has won countless awards, including a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for her performances and she has also played a role in a number of blockbusters such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Harry Potter series, Love Actually, Fortunes of War and Much Ado About Nothing.

Her most inspirational achievement

Emma is known to be a source of inspiration for countless women across the world not just because of her grace, her poise and her spectacular acting skills, but also for her work as a human rights campaigner and her role in raising awareness of sex trafficking. Emma has been a dedicated activist ever since she started off her career and has been involved with ActionAid and The Helen Bamber Foundation for years. She might be the first person to win an Oscar for screenwriting as well as acting, but her achievements simply do not show in her down to earth and caring attitude.


Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor began serving as the first Hispanic justice and the third female justice in the Supreme Court of the United States in the month of August 2009. She worked as an assistant DA for 4.5 years before entering private practice in the year 1984. She has also played an extremely active role on the board of directors for the State of New York Mortgage Agency, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Her most inspirational achievement

Sonia Sotomayor has managed to garner a reputation of using her real world experience in her rulings. She might have a few critics, but her well-wishers go all the way to President Obama, who once stated that she had lived out the American dream. Sonia had to suffer the setback of her father’s death at the tender age of 9, but this did not deter her from going to Princeton and then on to Yale Law School, an institution where her opinions are taught to date.


Jane Goodall giving a lecture about chimpanzeesJane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a British anthropologist, primatologist and ethologist as well as a UN Messenger of Peace. Jane Goodall is considered to be the foremost expert in the world on chimpanzees  and she is most famous for her study of the interactions between wild chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Jane Goodall is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute as well as the Roots and Shoots program and she is known to have worked on countless animal welfare and wildlife conversation issues.

Her most inspirational achievement

Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking work on chimpanzees is well known all over the world. What makes her so inspiring is that she began her career about 50 years ago without any formal scientific training. It was Goodall’s work that gave the world greater insights into the world of chimpanzees. Goodall was also responsible for showing the world that chimpanzees are capable of reasonable thought, acts of extreme brutality, family ties, social bonds, affection and communication.


Gareth Peirce

Gareth Peirce was born as Jean Webb, but she dropped her forename and took on the name Gareth when she was quite young. Gareth is a British solicitor who gained her education at the Univeristy of Oxford and the London School of Economics. She is known particularly known for her works in advocacy of cases involving miscarriages of justice and assisting people who have been accused of Islamist or Irish terrorism. Gareth is known to be extremely private and has a penchant for shunning the limelight and refusing media interviews. Gareth was in charge of the famous Judith Ward case, the case of a woman who was wrongfully convicted for several IRA related bombings. She also represented Moazzam Begg, Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four.

Her most inspirational achievement

Gareth has garnered a reputation for being a lawyer who dedicates her life to ensuring that justice is offered to the innocent. Despite staying away from the media, Gareth has managed to become extremely famous because of her ground breaking battles against miscarriages of justice that have managed to change legal history. Numerous human rights activists have termed Gareth as “synonymous with civil rights” due to her inspirational work in ensuring that justice is delivered to those who are wrongly accused.


Portrait of Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

Angela Merkel is a research scientist turned politician who was appointed as the leader of the Christian Democratic Union in the year 2000. She was also appointed as as the Chancellor of Germany in the year 2005 and became the first woman to hold both offices. Merkel has often been described as the “de facto leader” of the European Union. The Forbes Magazine recently ranked her as the second most powerful person in the world, the highest rank to have ever been conferred to a woman. She also emerged as the most powerful woman in the world in the year 2014.

Her most inspirational achievement

Angela Merkel is considered to be the most influential female politician in the world. Angela is known to be extremely hard working, an excellent negotiator, charismatic, popular as well as pragmatic.


Doris Lessing

Doris May Lessing is a British poet, biographer, novelist, story writer and playwright who has written popular novels such as The Golden Notebook, The Good Terrorist and The Grass is Singing. Lessing was conferred with a Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 2007 and achieved the distinction of being the oldest person ever to get a Nobel Prize in the field of Literature. Lessing was also offered with the David Cohen Prize in the year 2001 and was ranked on the 5th spot in the list of the 50 greatest British Writers since 1945 by The Times. Lessing is also known to have declined damehood in the year 1992 and also declined the appointment as an OBE in the year 1977. Jane suffered a minor stroke in the late 1990s, which ended up restricting her movements. She finally succumbed on 17th November 2013 at the age of 94 in London.

Her most inspirational achievement

Doris is celebrated for writing pioneering works of female emancipation. With more than 50 titles to her name, Lessing is also known to be one of the most important writers of the 20th century. She has also been described as one of the prophets of literature and one of the greatest visionary novelists of her time. What makes Doris so inspiring is that her early life was anything but inspirational. She suffered an unhappy childhood and two marriages before coming up with The Grass is Singing. Lessing was also known to be unafraid of radical departures and experimentation, something that was easily evident in her works.  She also encouraged women not to be themselves, but to change themselves – reinvent their image and transform their thoughts.


Athene Donald

Athene Donald is a British physicist who worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Cornell University before transferring to the Cambridge University in the year 1981 and the Cavendish Laboratory in the year 1983. Her main domain of study has been soft matter physics and its applications with regards to living organisms. Athene has also applied microscopy to the study of biological and synthetic systems, particularly protein aggregation. Donald has been the recipient of countless awards and honors such as the L’Oreal UNESCO Awards for Women in Science, Honorary Doctorates of Science from the University of Exeter, University of East Anglia and the University of Sheffield and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievements.

Her most inspirational achievement

Donald’s researches have been known to hover around unconventional areas such as revolutionary treatments for Alzheimer’s. She is also known to be extremely passionate about being a role model for young girls and aspiring physicists. Donald was also made a dame recently and is a director of the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative at the Cambridge University. Donald is also known to be an extremely popular and prolific blogger and her blog is followed by thousands of budding physicists and young female students.


Susan Wicklund

Susan Wicklund is an American Abortion provider who has been known to be the sole provider in the Midwestern US area. She has been frequently targeted by those opposing abortion and has often faced death threats, stalkers, assaults and harassment. As a result, Susan has had to wear disguises such as wigs and heavy makeup and also carry protective measures such as a loaded revolver, bulletproof vests, guard dogs and security guards. Susan was also subjected to constant sieges with opposing people breaking and entering into her house countless times and camping outside her home for weeks at a stretch.

Her most inspirational achievement

Despite being threatened, harassed and tortured, Wicklund refused to give up on her ideologies and her work. According to Wicklund, all it took for her to motivate herself was to go to the clinic and hear stories of her patients and understand how important her work was. Wicklund also believed in ensuring that no one else had to go through what she went through in her early 20s when she had an abortion provided by a doctor without any counselling. After qualifying as a doctor, Wicklund took it upon herself to ensure that she was able to offer women with a safe and caring environment for abortion and also guide them through every step on the way.


Lawrence Schiller and Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is a political activist and an Indian author best known for penning the award winning novel The God of Small Things. Arundhati’s novel went on to become the highest selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author and she was also offered with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in the year 1998. Roy was only in her thirties when she received name, fame and money after writing The God of Small Things and becoming famous all over the world. She describes herself as a natural feminist.

Her most inspirational achievement

Despite the phenomenal success of her first novel, Roy did not publish a second one. Instead, she began to focus on the darker side of the Indian subcontinent – the one that is not seen amidst all the glitz and glamour. Arundhati took it upon herself to help out the millions who live in poverty or under a constant state of abuse. She also challenged huge corporations and vested interests who were wrecking the environment. By the time she turned 49, Arundhati became a household name in India and a popular activist across the world. She took on the government over a dam project that threatened millions of households and also got involved in helping people stuck in the human rights abuses and conflicts of Kashmir. What made Arundhati so unique was her free spirited and strong minded approach, her extremely tough childhood and her never ending passion about helping those in need. In a country that is boggled down with corruption, Arundhati actually manages to inspire people to believe in cooperation and understanding rather than exploitation and greed.


Shere Hite

Shere Hite is an American feminist and sex educator who has primarily focused her work around female sexuality. Hite references political, theoretical and psychological works that were associated with the feminist movement of the 1970s. Hite has mainly focused her work on understanding how different individuals regard their sexual experience and the meaning this experience holds for them. In fact, it was Hite who concluded that almost 70% of the women do not have orgasms during an intercourse, but by way of clitoral stimulation or masturbation.

Her most inspirational achievement

Without Shere Hite, the world might still be believing that most women have orgasms through intercourse alone and that there was something wrong with a woman if she couldn’t. Hite began to talk about sex and debunked this popular notion in the year 1976 – a period when very few women talked about their sex lives. The way Hite challenged world view and went against all existing ideologies made her  an instant hit all over the world. In fact, many women believe that it was Shere Hite who actually created the possibility for women to claim their won sexuality.


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