#WomanCrushWednesday: Aung San Suu Kyi

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#WomanCrushWednesday: Aung San Suu Kyi
Formerly on house arrest, now a pro-democracy opposition leader: Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiring voice for change

She's beauty and she's grace, but she isn't Miss United States.

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the face and voice of defiance — from its early days in peaceful rallies and house arrest, to now, when the country is poised for change. "The Lady" doesn't just have one foot in the election door — this month, she's led her party, the National League for Democracy, to a landslide victory in Myanmar's parliamentary elections.

What does this mean to us, living in a little red bubble this side of the Southeast? Growing up, Aung San Suu Kyi was that frail-looking woman you saw on the news. She's the stubborn face of democracy who famously refused to leave the country when her late husband was diagnosed with cancer (he eventually passed on in 1999). Placing nation before self sure takes a lot of balls, and it's this defiant streak that has moved us to christen her as our #WomanCrushWednesday.

Will she be a good leader? We'll have to wait and see — but for now, we've pooled together three of her most quotable quotes (and one from her son) for some food for thought this midweek.

On leading the revolt against the then-dictator, General Ne Win in 1988:

"I could not as my father's daughter remain indifferent to all that was going on"

On telling her English husband to be, Michael Aris, about her loyalty to Myanmar on the eve of their wedding:

"I wanted to make sure that he knew from the very beginning that my country meant a great deal to me and should the necessity arise for me to go back to live in Burma, he must never try to stand between my country and me"

On being called a symbol:

"I don't like to be called a symbol. And I don't like to be called an icon. I will just say that I have to work very, very hard. So I'd rather be known as a hard worker."

Her son, Kim Aris, on his mother's character:

"I think she's genuinely strong. And you know even if she's sad at something, she knows she's got to get on with things. She's not going to waste time crying about it."

For last week's #WomanCrushWednesday, click here.

Adibah Isa

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