10 women who break barriers and inspire us everyday
It’s international women’s day!
Today we celebrate the girl bosses who’ve inspired us to be the women we are today and the women we will continue to become.
We’ve put together a list of 10 influential women who break barriers and inspire change every day through their work, their passions, their personality, and their dreams. Without these women, the world would not be the same.
There are so many more we wanted to put on this list, but we narrowed it down to our top 10. Each of these women support different causes, come from different places, have had different upbringings, but we believe each are role models in their own way, and are a positive influence for people everywhere.
For two decades, Beyoncé has taught us to be confident, independent, how to love ourselves AND our haters, and to recognize our own worth. In songs like Who Run the World (Girls), Flawless, Diva, and Schoolin’ Life, we are told over and over again that women can do anything and be anything they want. Beyonce empowers each and everyone of us, one lyrics at a time. Thanks Bey.
As the GoodWill ambassador for the United Nations, Emma Watson pushes for gender equality and is an advocate for women’s rights on the regular.
In her latest role in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, she refused to wear a corset in order to play an active princess as opposed to a damsel in distress. Instead, she portrays Bell as a talented inventor who’s in charge of her own destiny.
This young 20-year-old Canadian star blessed us all with her song Scars to Your Beautiful and reminded us that we are perfect just the way we are. In today's world where Instagram, reality shows, and celebrities are more prominent and popular then ever, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others and point out your flaws instead of embracing your features. This powerful song is a gentle reminder that it’s our FLAWS that make us beautiful, and that there’s no better you than you. Like Alessia says, you don’t have to change anything, its the world that needs to change.
The founder of Nasty Gal will forever be one of our biggest inspirations. Before becoming the millionaire girl boss she is today, Amoruso bounced around from job to job and was even caught stealing before deciding to make her own path in life and just doing what she enjoyed. She started out by scouting vintage clothing in second-hand shops, styling them, and selling them on Ebay. She eventually turned that into a multi-million dollar company, and started the Girl Boss movement as we know it. Thanks for teaching us it’s okay not to fit the mold, Sophia.
In 2016, we watched Hillary Clinton face off against Donald Trump in a very controversial race to the White House. Hillary stood her ground against Trump during each presidential debate, campaigned hard, and tried her very best. And for that, we are extremely proud of her. Thanks for teaching us about perseverance and to never give up, Hillary.
The comedy biz is no easy route, especially for women. But Amy Schumer has been helping to pave the way for hopeful comedians, and showing women that you don’t have to be a size 00-2 to make it to Hollywood or to be on the cover of a magazine. Amy inspires us by staying true to herself, by being so damn funny, and by being an advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. If you haven’t read her book, Girl with the back tattoo, you should.
Ashley Graham is the definition of #BeBoldForChange (this year’s official hashtag for IWD.) This year, Ashley became the first “plus size” model to appear on the cover of Vogue. Little by little, Ashley is changing the modelling industry by closing the gap between plus size and regular models. Thanks for closing the gap Ashley, and showing us that anything is possible.
A model, a mother, a best-selling cookbook author, and the host of Lip Sync Battle, it really seems like there isn’t anything Chrissy Teigen can’t do. Chrissy recently got real in her essay featured in Glamour Magazine when she opened up about her postpartum depression after having her daughter Luna. This girl boss inspires us by not being afraid to speak her mind (no matter what the subject is) and just by completely being herself. She’s an open book, showing us her flaws and her successes.
This 4’8 American gymnast blew our minds at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this past summer proving to young girls everywhere that it doesn’t matter where you come from, if you work hard and follow your dreams, you will success. Simone holds the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympics (4 golds, and 1 bronze.)
This women is debatably one of the most inspirational people of the decade. She's the front women of initiatives like Let's Move!, and Let Girls Learn — two very important causes geared towards fighting childhood obesity, and giving teenage girls the opportunity to go to school in countries where they are told to stay home. Through the entirety of her husbands presidency, Michelle Obama held her own and more.