International influence can come from all walks of life and in celebration of International Women’s Day, Rowland Brothers International are acknowledging women from across the globe who are making, or have made an inspirational difference through education, technology, politics, sports and literature.

As a global company, Rowland Brothers International understand the importance of being aware of significant global events.  We monitor the impact of local and global activities ensuring we are aware of any associated ‘ripple effects’ for potential global impacts.

The women, listed below, represent just a few of the inspirational women who have pushed the boundaries to achieve and make an impact to their communities, countries and the world:

Elena Cornaro Piscopia, 1646 -1684, Italian

Elena was a Venetian philosopher of noble descent who in 1678 became one of the first women to receive an academic degree from a university, and the first to receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree.

Mary Seacole, 1805 – 1881, Jamaican

Mary Jane Seacole was a British-Jamaican businesswoman and nurse who set up the “British Hotel” behind the lines during the Crimean War.  She described this as “a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers” and provided succour for wounded servicemen on the battlefield.  Her work was praised at the time, but she became even more famous a century later.

Emmeline Pankhurst, 1858–1928, British

Emmeline Pankhurst was an English political activist. She organised the UK suffragette movement, helping women win the right to vote. The right to vote was finally succeeded through two laws passed in 1918 and finally in 1928

Marie Curie, 1867–1934, Polish

Marie was born in Poland and worked and lived in France. She has many distinguished achievements to her name that set her as a trail blazer. She was the first individual to be awarded two Nobel Prizes: The Nobel Prize in Physics and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which, was and still is a phenomenal achievement by an individual.  She was also recognised by a sting of organisations who presented her with many other notable awards. Another notable achievement was when Marie became the first woman professor at the University of Paris. Other significant achievements included identifying polonium and developing radiation for the use of radiography, and during World War I she developed mobile radiography units to provide X-ray services to field hospitals.

Clara Campoamor, 1888–1972, Spanish

Clara Campoamor was known for helping women gain the right to vote. She was a member of the 1931 Constituent Assembly (only three women were part of this at the time) and advocated suffrage, speaking out against discrimination against women, equality for children born outside marriage, and divorce rights. Although she achieved her goal of women earning the right to vote, she was forced to flee Spain during the reign of Franco and the Spanish Civil War,

Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi, 1910 - 1971, Nigerian

Awoliyi was the first female physician to practice in Nigeria. She was also the first West African woman to earn a license of Royal Surgeon in Dublin. Her charity work and philanthropy saw her set up and head many organisations that looked out for the interest of women and children. She received many honours and recognitions including an MBE and OFR

Maya Angelou, 1928 -2014, American

Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.

Niloufar Ardalan, 1985 – present, Persian

Niloufar Ardalan is an Iranian football player currently playing for “Zob Ahan Banovan”. Ardalan plays as a left midfielder for the Iran women’s national football team. She is also captain of that team.  She sought legal assistance to gain the right to play football for her country at an International tournament when her husband refused to allow her to go.

Malala Yousafzai, 1997 – present, Pakistani 

As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but survived. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Rowland Brothers International have been working across the globe for almost 50 years. We have provided funeral repatriation services to most countries in the world, and during this time gaining extensive local knowledge of each country we work in, with appointed dedicated local country agents situated in each country, this ensures that we continue to stay abreast of relevant and culturally specific information.

Our Commitment

As well as the achievements of global trailblazers worldwide, we also take very seriously honouring the success of women within our organisation.

Our team are dedicated to working with families and have been recognised for delivering a service over and above what was required to ensure that all families wishes are followed through daily.

RBI’s senior management bring together our capabilities and strengths to satisfy the needs of our international clients – Nathalie Martell, RBI’s Operations Manager & Fiona Greenwood, RBI’s Operations Director are joined with some members from the Rowland Brothers International team: