success Women and Adversity:

10 Influential Women Who Overcame Adversity

Biographies tend to be inspirational, and when I came across this Web site:, I knew I wanted to read more about all these role models.

We expect these women to be listed:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Madame Curie
  • Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner at 17 years old.

I’m not surprised that these two are listed:

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • J.K. Rowling

Surprising choices:

  • Lucille Ball
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Charlize Theron

Two who are on the list because they wanted male-dominated jobs and were rejected:

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Sandra Day O’Connor

These women represent a wide range of careers, social classes and backgrounds. Of course, many more names could be on the list, but this one proves that despite the hardships and disappointments we experience, we can overcome them and make remarkable contributions in our lifetime.

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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