Ordinary young people, housewives, and workers have changed the course of events around the world, through actions that they have met with great popularity, or which have inspired others, increasing the importance of their actions, and giving them a global dimension that has perpetuated their names throughout history.
In a report in the American magazine Reader's Digest, Caitlin O'Connell highlighted the most common figures who have changed the course of history.
Rosa Parks :
On December 1, 1955, African-American Rosa Parks refused to comply with the driver's order to abandon her seat to a white person and move to the back of the bus as she returned to her home in Montgomery, Alabama, and has since become one of the inspiring people who changed the world. In the defense of human rights.
British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee proposed in the late 1980s a project that combines coherent text (a system that allows you to click links and open other web pages) and the Internet.
Lee wanted to create a space that would allow researchers to share information over the Internet, so that others could see it at any time of the day, and eventually to create the World Wide Web that we currently use.
|Tim Berners has created an online information sharing (European) space|
Todd Beamer and the rest of the passengers traveling on United Airlines flight 93 on September 11, 2001, tried to respond quickly and courageously when they learned that the terrorists hijacked the plane carrying them to regain control of the plane, but it crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, despite the resistance of passengers .
Mohamed Bouazizi :
Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi had no bigger dreams than saving enough money to rent or buy a van, but he nevertheless became one of the inspiring people who changed the world when Bouazizi set himself on fire in December 2010, becoming a symbol. To the suffering of all Tunisians.
The death of Bouazizi inspired unrest across the country, which led to the overthrow of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, before the Tunisian uprising triggered the Arab Spring, which toppled the regimes in Egypt and Libya.
On March 7, 1980, Candice Leitner founded the organization Mothers Against Alcohol Driving, after her 13-year-old daughter was killed in a drunk car accident.
There were no legal implications for drunk driving before the organization was founded, but thanks to its organization Leitner was able to change US attitudes about drunk driving and fought for tougher laws across the country.
To be sure, everyone saw a picture of the man standing in front of a tank near Tiananmen Square in China on June 6, 1989, the day after China's bloody crackdown on protesting students.
Although he was not identified, the tank man has become an internationally recognized symbol of resistance to government repression.
|British writer c. K. Rowling influenced many generations in the world through Harry Potter (European)|
JC Rowling :
British JK decided Rowling, who was struggling to meet the needs of her family after her divorce, resumed writing a novel she began five years before her divorce.
Rowling did not think that she would find herself among the people who changed the world, and influenced many generations, after breaking the Harry Potter series of sales records, and admired millions of readers of different ages.
On June 17, 1972, security guard Frank Wells was conducting midnight tours of the Watergate office building in Washington, DC, when he noticed an adhesive tape over the basement door lock.
Wales removed the tape thinking that another worker had left it by mistake, but later found it at the same place, prompting him to contact the police.
Two years later, President Nixon resigned over his involvement in covering up the Watergate raid.
Teenager Ryan White, who became infected with HIV as a result of a blood transfusion, became the new face of the disease after refuting the myth that HIV is infecting and transmitting from drug addicts and unprotected people.
His fight for fair and equal treatment in his school helped to expose the discrimination faced by HIV-positive patients and made him one of the inspiring people who changed the world.
|Lily Ledbetter contributed to the revision of the Fair Pay Act for Males in America (European)|
In 1998, activist Lily Ledbetter sued her employer for paying less than her male colleagues after 20 years of retirement.
Although the Supreme Court has not ruled in its favor, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg called on Congress to change the law, and in 2009 revised the Fair Pay Act.
Misty Copeland became one of the inspiring people who changed the world by proving that ballet was not intended for whites or only the wealthy.
At the age of 13 Copeland began dancing, and got training from a local dance club.
Despite the cultural norms that have built up against her race and body shape, Copeland became the first African-American ballerina to go on the American ballet stage.
|Malala Yousafzi was banned from school and then founded an association that defends girls' right to study (European)|
When the Taliban took control of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan in 2008, the girls were prevented from attending school.
Yusufzai opposed the decision, causing her to be shot in the left side of her head, and after her recovery with her family, she moved to the UK, where she founded the Malala Charity Fund (a charity working to ensure that every girl had a chance to go to school).
Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, becoming the youngest person to receive the award.
|Irina Sandler helped Jews during the Nazi Germans' invasion of Warsaw (European)|
The writer reported that Irina Sendler was helping terrified Jews by giving them food and shelter when the Nazi Germans invaded Warsaw in 1939.
Sindler pretended to be a nurse to enter the Warsaw ghetto in cooperation with the secret organization Zygota and managed to release some 3,000 Jewish children.
Louis Gibbs :
Louis Gibbs founded a center to protect citizens from hazardous waste, now known as the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, after she discovered that she lived near 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals, in the absence of an organization to address the problem.
More than 800 families have been evacuated thanks to the center, and the clean-up of the Love Canal neighborhood near Niagara Falls has begun.
Agnes Baden-Powell helped found the Girl Guides Association in the United Kingdom in 1910, after a group of girls attended the first Boy Scouts gathering.
The Girl Guides Association of other European countries and the Girl Scouts Association of the United States were established in the following years, thanks to the efforts of Baden-Powell.