Around the World in Eighty Days – the quintessential adventure story written by Jules Verne in 1873 – describes the travels and hardships of the English inventor Phileas Fogg. This dynamic story was the inspiration behind this website because while Fogg’s adventure is the focal point in the story, he would not have been able to finish his journey without a woman, Aouda, helping him along the way.
This website highlights the work of eight women around the world who make it possible for their country’s journey to continue.
The eight women highlighted are Angela Merkel (from Germany), Aung San Suu Kyi (from Burma), Azra Jafari (from Afghanistan), Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (from Argentina), Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (from Liberia), Hillary Rodham-Clinton (from the United States), Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (from Iceland), and Julia Gillard (from Australia). Each woman was chosen because she represents determination, progress, and dedication. Over the past 50 years the world has seen a dramatic increase in the number of women participating in politics, and while this website only showcases eight women, know that there are hundreds of women around the world that improve their governments every day.
Please enjoy and come take a journey around the world!