Modern Asian Women Who Inspire Others
The world is celebrating International Women’s Day for more than 100 years. The celebration is held on March 8th every year. People designed it to commemorate the struggle of women on issues such as equality, choice, and emancipation. Numerous campaigns and rallies draw attention to existing injustices every year. At the same time, it is an excellent opportunity to point out what women have achieved during these 100 years. There are healthy and committed women in all areas of society who have done extraordinary things and inspiring others to work hard towards their dreams. The following women from Asia can be great role models as their courage and performance inspire many successors.
Naomi Osaka was the first Japanese professional tennis player to conquer the top positions of the worldwide women’s tennis rankings. She moved to the United States with her family 20 years ago and there she learned how to play tennis. She caused a sensation at a young age. Osaka won her first WTA title in 2018, triumphed at the US Open a few years later, and won against the tennis legend Serena Williams. Naomi Osaka was the first Japanese winner of a Grand Slam tournament and she also won the Australian Open a few months later. After this victory, she was announced the world’s number 1 tennis player woman and became the first Japanese in this position. That made her a superstar not only in the USA but also at home country of Japan.
A very different kind of superstar is the pharmacologist Tu Youyou. She discovered the active ingredient Artemisinin. She obtained it from the plants of mugwort. Due to her research in traditional Chinese medicine, she developed the basics ingredient to treat malaria. It was a massive breakthrough in tropical medicine. Her efforts saved many people in Asia, Africa, and South America. Tu Youyou received the Lasker Award of clinical medicine in 2011, and she was awarded by the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2015, so she became the first Chinese citizen who won the Nobel Prize.
So-Yeon Yi always had high and broad expectations in her life. So high and so broad as the whole space, as a result, she became the first female South Korean who was chosen for the space expedition in 2008. At the time, she was also the first person under 30 to receive this honor. She was the first woman in her family who completed an apprenticeship after secondary school. When it came to selecting the first astronaut from South Korea, So-Yeon Yi won against 36,000 applicants and flew into space. She always spoke extensively in public about her experience in a male-dominated job. So-Yeon Yi hopes to inspire more women to follow in their footsteps. The BBC once described her as one of the world’s most influential women as she strives for independence and wants to live a free life in a way she wants it to be.