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 published an ebook, Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women, in February 2020. Take a look inside at, and Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers, comes out in May.

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