You neither have to be a wife nor a woman to appreciate the kind of strength Hillary Clinton demonstrated when her marriage was threatened by acts of betrayal done by her husband. To be Hillary Clinton is to excel in academics, be a faithful wife to a husband who was prone to all kinds of temptations, be a hands–on mother, be a caliber lawyer, be a woman of strength, and be an inspiration. But it was being a politician’s wife that she proved her worth as a woman and a person of courage.
Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore’s longest reigning Prime Minister, and undoubtedly its best. Despite many people’s views on Lee as a dictator for his strict policies, Lee has made it possible for Singapore to rise from being a third world country, with little to no natural resources, into becoming one of the richest nations in the world today. Lee’s unwavering dedication to the development of Singapore’s infrastructure has enabled it to become the country it is today.
Lakhdar Brahimi is one of the world’s finest and most experienced leaders in the world today. He has a long and extensive career as a representative and ambassador for Algeria in many nations, wherein he strengthened the relationships between these countries and Algeria through his flamboyant, yet straightforward personality.
Gro is a hands–on mother to her kids, an involved partner to her husband, a doctor to children, a leader to her people in Norway, and a driving force in social causes of global concern in the UN. Unless we understand how motherhood alone requires so much of a woman’s time, we will never fully appreciate Gro’s contribution not only to her home country but to the world.
Condoleezza Rice held positions that no sane president would assign lightly to anyone. Who will ever forget the September 11th attacks? It certainly was not a good time to be the National Security Advisor. The attack happened one year after Condoleezza was appointed as the first-ever woman to hold the position. We only have to hear Condoleezza speak to understand why she was given such critical positions of power. She is something!
Jimmy Carter’s greatest legacy is his post-presidential service to humanity. He did not allow his inevitable decline to mar him for the rest of his life; instead, he continued to find ways to make his life count to others, regardless of race or culture. He will also be remembered as one of the presidents who unwaveringly displayed and proclaimed his faith. Although he was denied a second term by the people he faithfully served, Jimmy did not hold grudges.
What’s in it for Kofi? Why does he keep serving? Why does he continue his crusade for peace? Kofi Annan should have had his fill of responsibilities by now after running the United Nations as its Secretary General for two consecutive terms – not to mention his work prior to holding the top seat in the U.N., which was also grounded in governance and world issues.
Graca Machel will always be loved not only in her home country, Mozambique, but also in the whole of Africa and in most parts of the world where women and child abuse are pressing issues. She personified independence and strength. She nullified erroneous notions narrow–minded people have of women. She braved to go where no one dared to. So don’t be surprised to see her where women are not expected to be. She is into politics, into activism, into global affairs.
It is easy to stereotype John Sidney McCain III as an obedient son who pursued a military career only to continue the legacies of his father and grandfather. Society expected him to follow the noble footsteps of four-star Admirals John McCain, Sr. and John McCain, Jr. In fact, had been heading in that direction while eluding near-death encounters and enduring imprisonment while serving his country as Lieutenant Captain in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a living paradox; he upholds compassion and nonviolence while battling for his people’s rights. While his right foot was on the pulpit teaching the Buddhist canon, his left rested on the seat of the Tibetan government.