There’s a lot of amazing women out there and some of them are changing the world. It is International women’s day today so we wanted to highlight and celebrate a few women who are challenging limits, changing the face of industries and conquering the world for good. Here’s some winning women:
Sheryl is an Asian-American business executive, lecturer, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author. Along with her reporter husband Nicholas D. Kristof, she co-wrote Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. This brilliant book and the documentary that followed gave voices to women who have suffered and overcome injustice, discrimination and gender-based violence across the globe. These compelling and deeply personal stories of struggle and triumph not only changed the way we thought about aid work but also gave a face and voice to the statists that we are constantly bombarded with.
Sheryl has an impressive educational background graduating from Cornell University and going on to earn her MBA from Harvard Business school and her MPA from Princeton. She uses this big brain to help bring awareness to women denied an education and the basic human rights given to their male piers.
The woman who’s changing female roles in Hollywood- Brit Marling.
Brit is an American actress, screenwriter and producer who has been praised for taking charge of her own career. After deciding to peruse acting, Brit became bored of the stereotypical ‘damsel in distress’ roles that she was offered and became frustrated with the limited opportunities for female actors at the time. Along with a small group of friends, she taught herself to write and make movies with virtually no money. After great success in films such as Sound of my Voice, Another Earth and The East, (in which she co-wrote and stared as the lead role,) Brit is a highly sought after figure in Hollywood.
Her films are often characterised by the deeply complex and thought provoking-themes as well as the engaging and well developed character, both male and female.
Fiona is a Canadian artist and comic book illustrator who, in a heavily male dominated industry is considered one of the greatest artists working in comic books today. She has worked on multiple successful publications but is probably best known for her current work on Saga, an epic sci-fi drama series written by Brian K. Vaughan and printed by Image Comics. This particular graphic novel series has an incredible 40% female readership and has been a series that has introduced many new-comers to the medium.
Proving that women can be geek Gods too, Fiona has won multiple awards for her artwork in comics such as the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story and Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Graphic Novels & Comics. Her work is recognised by the striking colours, dramatic fight scenes and ‘ink-free’ backgrounds that are painted free hand using Photoshop behind the action of the scene.
Jenna is an American Youtuber, comedian and actress who currently has over 16 million subscribers to her channel. After finding initial success with a couple of videos that she made simply to make her friends and family laugh, she has since capitalised on this, posting regular videos that are viewed by millions. Her videos tend to feature her blunt, observant and often hilarious views and opinions on life, love, work, fashion and beauty.
You may recognise her from such videos as How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking, How Girls Take a Shower and What Disney Movies Taught Me as well as her ever changing colour hair and 3 adorable dogs who regularly feature in her vlogs. Not only is she making us all laugh simply by being herself and sharing her comical thoughts but she is also making money from it, with an estimated net worth of $2.5 million.
Ok so technically this hero is fictional, the Queen of Westeros is a popular character from George RR. Martin’s bestselling series Game of Thrones which has since become the weekly must watch HBO TV show. Played by Emilia Clarke, Daenerys is one of the few characters we constantly root for. In the shows 6 seasons she has gone from a homeless, exiled princess under the control of her abusive brother to the Queen of several lands, freedom fighter and dragon rider!
With beauty, intelligence and incredible determination, Daenerys has faced and overcome some immense odds, casting off the nervous young woman she once was to embrace her destiny as Queen, ruler and mother of dragons, helping all of us find the power within ourselves too.
Adele is the British singer/songwriter who has dominated the music industry for the past 7 years. With 3 bestselling albums under her belt she is currently worth about £50 million. She first gained recognition when a friend posted a few of her songs on the media platform ‘Myspace.’ Myspace may be over but Adele’s success most certainly is not- with grammy awards, an academy award for her song Skyfall and a record breaking 21 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 in the US.
Despite her incredible success Adele remains very down to earth, often being very open and honest in interviews making her undeniably likable. Her music and lyrics somehow transcend age, gender and location and speaks to people worldwide. Her popular track Someone like you, perfectly captures the agony of heartbreak which she openly admits came from a very personal experience when her relationship ended. Regular girl: “I just got dumped, I think I’ll eat cookie dough and watch Bridget Jones,” Adele: “I just got dumped, I’m gonna write a bestselling album and make my millions.” Way to go!
Edna is the Somalian Director and founder of Edna Adan Maternity Hospital as well as activist and former foreign minister. This inspiration woman champions important issues such as women’s health worldwide, abolishing FGM and childbirth mortality. After Somalia’s civil war, most of the qualified medical staff had either left or been killed, leaving the country with the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality in the world. Edna was donated a garbage dump site on which she built from scratch a prominent hospital, using her own savings to fund the build and even selling her car to make up the money.
Not only is she providing health care resources in an African country sorely lacking medical care but she is also training midwives and medical staff on mass, creating jobs, economy growth and opportunities for men and women in the aftermath of war. Despite her age Edna remains passionate about her goals for her country and frequently guest speaks and interviews to bring awareness to the cause as well as inspire other women to take a stand against preventing female education.
Do you know of any inspiring women leading the way? Let us know in the comments below and share this post with all the lovely ladies in your life.
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