Since the beginning of time, thousands upon thousands of strong, powerful, inspiring women have walked the earth. Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Nora Ephron are a few of those notable women. While each of these women have accomplished different things in their lives, what they all have in common is that they have undoubtedly left their mark on the world and have inspired women of all ages.
Even today there are tons of women who wake up each and every day and put their all into their work and what they do, in turn inspiring women everywhere. In honor of Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day, here are a few of the inspiring women of the 21st century that we believe deserve some recognition.
Brie Larson is an academy-award winning actress, as well as a director and singer, known for her inspiring roles in movies such as Room, Short Term 12, and a number of other movies. Brie Larson often portrays strong-willed and inspiring female characters, but she doesn’t stop there. The actress is a strong advocate of making the voices of sexual assault victims be heard. During the 2016 Academy-awards, Larson was seen hugging every single sexual assault victim who stood on the stage during Lady Gaga’s performance of “‘Til It Happens To You”. A year later, at the 2017 Academy-awards, Larson announced Casey Affleck as the “Best Actor” winner. Larson made her voice and stance be heard through a small gesture when she stood on stage refusing to applaud Affleck, who had recently been accused of sexually assaulting women on the sets of some of his films. The actress who has portrayed multiple roles as a sexual assault victim herself, has made a number of headlines in her endeavor to make the voices of these victims be heard.
Michelle Obama is a name we’re sure you know. The 44th First Lady of the United States is known for focusing her attention on social issues, as well as the country’s youth. During the first year of the Obama presidency, FLOTUS spent a lot of time volunteering in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, working with military families to ensure they had everything they needed, and visiting public schools to emphasize the importance of education. In addition, Michelle Obama spent a lot of time dedicated to health-and-wellness causes for children throughout the country.
If you aspire to be a Girl Boss, you’ve more than likely heard of Sophia Amoruso. At the young age of 22, Amoruso founded and put together the giant retailer “Nasty Gal” from the ground up. In the process, this girl boss has wrote two books about her experience, #GirlBoss and Nasty Galaxy (with #GirlBoss becoming a New York Times Bestseller). Recently, Amoruso has curated a new business endeavor called, you guessed it, #GirlBoss. The new business endeavor allows for women to connect and share their knowledge and experiences in the real world of business, finances, relationships and more. In addition, the #GirlBoss brand has been picked up by Netflix and will soon become a Netflix series. Sophia Amoruso and her experiences go to show that women can do anything that they set their mind to.
Tina Fey is known being a woman who wears many hats. From producing and directing, to acting and being an activist, Fey has done it all. Tina Fey is known for holding some pretty bad ass roles. For example, being the writer behind one of the most well-known movies of the 21st-century, Mean Girls. Fey is also known for putting together her humorous autobiography BossyPants, and perhaps most notably, becoming Saturday Night Live‘s first female writer.
Finally, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. The Pakistani activist for female education made her voice, defying the Taliban, and even putting her life at risk. After having been shot by the Taliban for voicing her thoughts, Malala wrote an autobiography titled, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. To this day, Malala has not given up her fight for female education.
Whether or not their name has made headlines, women are making a difference all around the world on the daily. So take the time to celebrate the bad ass women in your life.