It is just a coincidence that two women from the different continents are born in February and died in august, But both have many similarities and characteristic which will inspire the whole world till a long time.
Yes, I am talking about Toni Morrison (February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019), a novelist and a Pulitzer award winner and Shushma Swaraj (14 February 1952 – 6 August 2019) stateswomen in world diplomacy.
Toni Morrison born in Lorain Ohio USA belongs to Ohio African-American family. She faced a brutal face of racism in North America and migrated to another city because of this evil of society. While facing atrocities she learned to keep her integrity and human values. She inherited folk literature from her parents and inculcated through her experience of different domains of life as a teacher, as an editor, etc. She was the first black women editor in the fiction genre Random house publication in New York. She was among the new generation of African-American authors who infused the black literature in American society.
The Black Book(1974) in which she shared her illustrated the life of a black person in American society. The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby and Beloved are some finest novels of her. Her first play Dreaming Emmett depicts her childhood trauma when she saw lynching of a black man. She was awarded the Pulitzer award for her novel Beloved and after some time when trilogy of beloved Paradise came, she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Throughout her life, she worked for literature and achieve zenith.
Far from American continent in Asia subcontinent a girl born on 14 Feb 1952(Valentine day) in Haryana name Sushma Swaraj. Sushma Swaraj entered into politics at that moment when patriarchy was at the top in Indian society and India was struggling to maintain its Sex-Ratio. From an NCC cadet to Foreign minister of India she established many milestones for Indian women and gave an exemplary role for women from all over the world. She was the first youngest cabinet minister of Haryana State at age of 25. She served as 5th chief minister of New Delhi and also completed the minister of foreign affairs tenure successfully. It was her experience from Jayprakash Narayan’s Total Revolution movement to India’s 4th industrial revolution movement that she opened highly red-tapism affected foreign ministry to the common citizen of India and boosted the confidence of each citizen in governance. During Yemen Crisis 2016 she leads from the front and not only saved the lives of Indian citizens but also from other countries who trapped in the war zone. The wall Street journal called her India’s best-loved politician.
Both Toni Morrison and Shushma Swaraj paved it way and measured the paramount height in, their Career while facing challenges, atrocities. Both great women kept high moral values, integrity and human value intact and worked for a better society in the world.