In today’s post, we would like to take a closer look at a few extraordinary women who have distinguished themselves with their unwavering commitment to changing the world and shaping the history of their countries.

Here are five unforgettable female leaders from Poland, Latvia, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, and Macedonia, whose courage and determination have become an inspiration for future generations.

However, we did not do all this work alone – participants from the Leadership Lab project, which we recently coordinated in Tykocin, helped us.

What was the project about?

Exactly that – about women’s leadership. 😊

We wanted not only to inspire young girls to become leaders but also to equip them with a set of skills useful for this purpose.

Maria Skłodowska-Curie (Poland):

Maria Skłodowska-Curie, an icon of science and a two-time Nobel Prize laureate, was not only an outstanding scientist but also an inspiring leader. Her perseverance, passion, and dedication to science opened new horizons in the fields of chemistry and physics, serving as an inspiration for generations of scientists worldwide.

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (Latvia):

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, the first female president of Latvia, stands out as a leader of strong character and deep democratic values. Her commitment to strengthening the sovereignty and stability of the state, both domestically and internationally, makes her an icon of political leadership.

Laura Codruța Kövesi (Romania):

Laura Codruța Kövesi, a Romanian prosecutor and former head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), distinguishes herself with fearless commitment to combating corruption. Her determination and independence have earned her numerous awards and recognition both domestically and internationally.

Demet Mutlu (Turkey):

Demet Mutlu, a Turkish entrepreneur and founder of a clothing brand, is an example of a woman who is changing the face of global fashion with her entrepreneurship and innovation. Her leadership in business has not only brought her personal success but also inspires other women to pursue their dreams and professional aspirations.

Mother Teresa (Macedonia):

Mother Teresa, a saint of the Catholic Church, is a symbol of love, kindness, and altruism. Her leadership, based on selfless service to the poorest and most needy people, has brought hope and comfort to millions around the world.

Zorana Mihajlović (Serbia):

Zorana Mihajlović, the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, stands out as a strong and determined leader who is actively involved in the development of infrastructure and economic reforms in her country. Her determination and effectiveness make her a role model for many women aspiring to take an active part in public life.

These exceptional women not only led their nations in key moments of history but also paved the way for future generations of women, inspiring them to pursue their own goals and dreams. Their legacy will remain indelible, constituting an integral part of the history of Central and Eastern Europe.

The project is co-funded by the European Union as part of the Erasmus+ program.

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