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Who: Martina NavratilovaWhy she inspires us: Navratilova has been one of the unrivalled queens of the court for almost 40 years and is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights.What she taught us: How to maintain a successful sporting career over an incredible number of years.
Who: Irena SendlerWhy she inspires us: Sometimes known as the female Schindler, this Polish nurse smuggled thousands of Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto (and away from certain death) throughout the early 1940s.What she taught us: No matter the circumstances, we must always do what’s right – Sendler’s actions risked her own life, as well as that of her family and friends, and yet she knew what she had to do.
Who: Eleanor RooseveltWhy she inspires us: Roosevelt wasn’t your average First Lady due to her vocal support of the rights of African-Americans and women’s rights – much to the chagrin of many at the time.What she taught us: "Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t."
Who: Josephine BakerWhy she inspires us: Baker was an American triple-threat who found fame away from racial prejudice in France, but returned to her homeland to fight racism with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).What she taught us: Baker lived life on her own terms: from her scandalous vaudeville shows to her views on racial inequality, she knew her own mind.
Who: Lilian WylesWhy she inspires us: Wyles was a pioneer in the inclusion of women in the Met Police and for the more sensitive treatment of female victims of sexual assaults, for example by making sure that female police officers took their statements.What she taught us: Use your power to protect those that can’t protect themselves.