All throughout history, women of faith have had an impact on the world. Here are just a few women whose achievements and lives made a difference...
JONI EARECKSON TADA
At the age of 17, Toni dived into the water after misjudging the depth. This accident left her a quadriplegic and in a wheelchair, paralysed from the shoulders down. Joni spent two years in rehab where she struggled with depression, anger, suicidal thoughts and doubts about God. During this time she also learnt to paint by using a brush between her teeth. After leaving rehab, Joni wrote her autobiography which was later made into a feature film. A few years later, Joni founded the Joni and Friends International Disability Centre which is an international advocate of people with disabilities, sending thousands of Bibles and wheelchairs around the world.
A devout Christian, Harriet was born into slavery in Maryland in the United States in 1820. Severely mistreated as a child, Harriet managed to escape to Philadelphia at the age of 29 by using the Underground Railway - a system of safe houses put in place by freed slaves and people opposed to slavery in the South. Although she was free, Harriet couldn't forget her family and friends still in slavery and returned more than 17 times to the South and led over 300 people to freedom. Harriet's courage led her to become a heroic figure during the American Civil War.
At 19 months of age, Helen became blind and deaf after contracting a serious illness. By the age of 7, Helen used more than 60 signs to communicate with her family. Helen later learnt how to communicate with conventional sign language and even how to speak. Throughout her life, Helen advocated for people with disabilities and travelled the world speaking and lecturing for her causes. Helen became the first blind and deaf person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the USA.
Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who has become famous worldwide after her diary was published after World War II. Anne and her family fled from Germany to Amsterdam in 1933 when the Nazis gained control of Germany. When the Nazis later occupied Amsterdam, Anne and her family went into hiding in some hidden rooms in her father's old workplace. After two years in hiding, the family was betrayed, captured, and sent to concentration camps. Anne died of typhus at the age of 15 shortly before the war was over.