These Professional Women Who Made A Difference Should Inspire You

Are you a professional woman trying to succeed against tremendous odds to make a difference? Do you sometimes feel the battle not worth it?

Yes, it is tough living in this ultra-competitive world. The pressure to make it can cause even the strongest to break down at times. Where can you find motivation and inspiration?

There are self-help courses, books and videos that can provide some reasons to continue on. The main thing is that you keep positive thoughts in mind. Everyone must do so, especially professional women in a society that still exhibits gender bias.

So, if you are in need of an uplifting message, here are three examples of successful women who overcame problems to become famous in their professions.

Madam C. J. Walker

Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker, became the first American woman to earn a million dollars through her own work. An African American living in the late-19th and early- 20th centuries, Walker faced racial discrimination. Nevertheless, she went on to create a line of beauty products that made her unbelievably wealthy by any standards.

Jeannette Rankin

Rankin became the first woman member of Congress when elected in 1916. Back then, there was much speculation about women's abilities to serve as politicians. To make things even more difficult, Rankin was a pacifist. Faced with declarations of war, she refused to assent, voting "no" to American entry into both World Wars.

Despite criticism, Rankin believed she had to remain true to her pacifist roots. Her willingness to stick to her principles is something every professional must do at times, even when it is unpopular.

Maya Lin

As a 21-year old architecture senior at Yale, Maya Lin felt compelled to submit her design for the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. She faced a tremendous backlash, which many felt arose because of her Asian ancestry. Yet, the "Wall," which causes silent reflection as visitors read the 58,175 names of Americans who died giving in the Southeast Asian conflict, has taken its rightful place as a national landmark. Lin demonstrated perseverance by ignoring the critics of her architectural talents to provide the country with a beautiful monument.  

Get Help Surviving in a Tough World

It is important for professional women to get help when they are feeling depressed about life. At times, what is needed is some self-help material designed especially for women.

Always remember that others have overcome similar problems to achieve success and make a difference. You can too.