March 8: sharing 8 inspiring women

The Healthy Minute believes that one of the best ways to value this March 8 is to recognize and highlight the work, performance or life of other women.

We know that the world is full of professionals, mothers, daughters, friends and public figures with inspiring stories – sometimes, every woman is all this together!

Therefore, we invite the women of Hickey solution to share other women and the reason for admiration!


Barbara: Lilia Schwarcz

Lilia Schwarcz is a Brazilian historian and anthropologist. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of São Paulo (USP), co-founder of Companhia das Letras and professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences at USP.

In an area of ​​study that has always been made up mostly of men, Lilia stands out for bringing a critical view of Brazil’s historical roots, working with themes such as racism, gender, patrimonialism and social inequality.

In all of her texts, Lilia Schwarcz makes us rethink the way we see the history and culture of Brazil. In my opinion, she is one of the greatest intellectuals today when it comes to Social Sciences and an example of the importance of women in academia.

Julia: Greta Thunberg

At 17, Greta Thunberg became the image of activism against global warming and environmental degradation.

The young woman, born in Sweden, has Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

In 2018, he created the school strike for the climate: he chose to suspend his school year and protest in front of the Swedish parliament during school hours, demanding attitudes against climate change. She was chosen as the personality of the year by Time magazine the following year.

Greta represents a conscious generation and even during adolescence she was not afraid to expose herself and fight for what she believes. I want to be her when I grow up.

Ana: Jaqueline Goes de Jesus

Jaqueline Goes de Jesus coordinated the team that, in just 48 hours, sequenced the genome of the new coronavirus . Biomedical, master and doctor, the researcher has been part of other very relevant projects in relation to Zika.

Together with a team predominantly of women, Jaqueline is a necessary presence in the midst of a scenario that still associates medicine and laboratory research to men. She develops research as a postdoctoral fellow, showing how much the incentive to academia and education bring returns, on a global level, to society.

It is important to know that women have always been in the sciences, producing and building knowledge, but that the recognition and recording of their stories has been erased. For this reason, Jaqueline represents the resistance to education, research and appreciation of the scientist’s work.

Mellanie: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama was the first lady of the United States between 2009 and 2017. However, contrary to what many may think, her life is not limited to that title.

She was born in Chicago and had a humble life alongside her family. He experienced prejudice and segregation many times, fighting daily for his place and – mainly – for his voice and freedom.

Michelle is an example of a person who used his visibility for good and to motivate and help people, especially women.

One of his speeches in Argentina went viral on social media a few years ago. In it, she spoke to young women about education, gender equality and the importance of women in society.

This is just one example that reinforces that Michelle is a very important personality for feminist causes and struggles in the 21st century. Thus, being a great example and motivation for thousands of women.

Amanda: Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez is an actress, singer and social activist. He started his career on Broadway, performing musicals and enchanting everyone with his incredible voice. She was “discovered” in one of her plays and was hired by ABC to act as Callie Torres in Grey’s Anatomy, when she became known worldwide.

After that, Sara became bisexual and fights (a lot) until today so that more and more people can have their rights respected.

Her speeches are filled with love and compassion, and she uses her influence to be able to touch and influence people. Fight so that young people can be more and more heard and respected. She focused all of her money and fame on explaining human rights and speaking for those who can’t.

Camila and Ágatha: Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, 17 years old, was the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle to guarantee the right to education and the right of girls.

In 2007, the Taliban took over the village of Malala, opposing the education of women and decreeing that girls could not attend schools.

It was here that the young woman raised her voice and began to write about repression and the regime, in addition to publicly defending the rights of women.

In 2012, Malala became known worldwide for having suffered an attack while returning from school in Pakistan. She was shot at close range in the head, being in a serious condition.

After his recovery, he created the Malala fund organization that claims the education and social inclusion of women and continues to fight for the right to study today, in addition to inspiring people around the world with the speech that “a child, a teacher, a pen and a book can change the world ”.

Anelise: Marta da Silva

When I was challenged to choose a woman who inspires me, I immediately thought of choosing the best one, but without being so cliché. I always loved football and I was encouraged since I was a little girl to join this passion. So it is clear that my choice could not be different: Marta.

I would like to highlight the fact that it is almost never talked about: Marta scored more goals with the yellow shirt than Pele, Kaka, Ronaldo and Neymar.

In fact, it not only surpassed Brazilians, but all men. That’s right, it hurts whoever hurts: Marta was the person who scored the most goals in world cups (in second place is Klose, from Germany).

This gives our queen the title of Top Gunner (with A, at the end) of the Cups with 17 goals scored over 5 world tournaments.

Today, on International Women’s Day, I want to talk about football. The news for Brazil is one: the best football player in the world is a woman from Alagoas who has become a symbol of the search for equality in sport. And she did it wearing a pair of boots and lipstick.

After all, nothing can be more feminine than a woman fighting for her rights, no matter which field she is in.

Mayara: Maria da Penha

It was for the history, struggle and persistence of Maria da Penha that, today, Brazil has specific legislation for cases of domestic violence. It took about 20 years for her husband, the abuser, to be properly punished for numerous acts of physical and psychological violence, including assassination attempts.

Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes, was born on February 1, 1945, in Fortaleza, CE. He has an academic background in Pharmacy and Biochemistry, from the Federal University of Ceará and a master’s degree in Clinical Analysis Parasitology.

In 1974 he married a Colombian named Marco Antônio Heredia Viveros, with whom he had 3 daughters. After obtaining his Brazilian nationality, Marco Antônio started to attack, humiliate and betray Maria da Penha. The violence only increased, to the point that in 1983 he shot his wife while she slept. As a consequence, she became paraplegic and had to undergo numerous surgeries and hospitalizations.

Among the advances of his struggle, on August 7, 2006, Law No. 11,340 was sanctioned, entitled as Maria da Penha Law.

Maria da Penha’s story is a wake-up call and can serve thousands of women who are going through the same as she did. She still struggles to raise women’s awareness of gender-based violence.

Maria da Penha is a warrior and inspiring woman, I hope that more and more women can be inspired by her and that everyone has the right to freedom!

The Minute Healthy team wants to know who the inspiring women in your life are! Tell us!