We would like to share with you our second selection of Great Leaders from around the Globe. Thank you for all your emails about our last selection. Please keep them coming in as we really value your contributions. If you have anyone you think we should add to our selection, please email your suggestions to info@gendereconomics.com.

ELIZABETH KENNY In the early 20th century polio epidemics among children rattled the world. Doctors believed those affected should be put in splints, keeping their legs locked. But Sister Elizabeth Kenny, a bush nurse with no formal qualifications, believed hot towels, massage and exercise were the key. It worked. Despite the establishment dismissing her theories, she cured hundreds of children across Australia and then did the same in the US, where she was named America’s Most Admired Woman in 1952.

FRED HOLLOWS Fred Hollows was a straight-shooter. A specialist in treating the eye disease trachoma, he stomped through the Outback helping Aborigines keep their sight. Between 1974 and 1976 his teams screened 100,000 people. After giving sight to indigenous Australia, he did the same in Africa. The wild colonial boy of Australian medicine with the gruff voice and tender touch was probably the first doctor to give life to the “aid abroad” crusades that have become a calling for medicos with a conscience. Hollows died in 1993 of cancer, but the sight he gave others lives on forever.

CAROLINE CHISHOLM Caroline Chisholm arrived in Australia in 1838 to find migrant women from Britain lying homeless and begging on the street. As others walked by, she vowed to make a difference. Over the next 10 years the daughter of a wealthy English landowner became a thorn in the side of the establishment – writing letters, hounding bureaucrats and pestering the Governor to make conditions better for those arriving in the colony. She found lodgings and jobs for more than 10,000 women and girls. As a salute to her achievements her portrait was chosen for our original $5 note – the first woman other than the Queen to appear on Australian currency.

Source: The Australian
The greatest of all – our 50 top Australians, Billy Rule. The Sunday Times, January 27 2013.