On March 8th we celebrate International Women's Day. Why? Because IWD is a day that reminds women all over the world to stand together, recognize how far we have come and embrace our sisterhood.
I wanted to take a moment and celebrate women who have broken barriers, and made history along the way. These women - inspiring to all - have and will continue to leave a lasting mark of influence for generations to come.
May we aspire to be the change they emulate everyday.
Serena Williams is an absolute boss both on and off the tennis court. As one of the best athletes out there, Serena has used her huge platform to advocate for such topics like equal pay for men and women in sports, body image and continues to influence young girls to pursue sports. Oh and have I mentioned that she has more Grand Slam titles than any man? Serena Williams is THE GOAT - (greatest athletes of all time), period. She's a role model and inspiration for all people.
Named Time's person of the year - Greta is a Swedish environmental activist who is known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action against climate change. She has attracted international attention since “school strike for the climate.” Greta has now grown a global movement that has brought more than 10 million people onto streets worldwide to demand action on climate change.
She may be young but she is a powerhouse.
Michele Romanow is a Canadian engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. Michele is the youngest “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den as well as the co-founder of Clearbanc: the fastest, most affordable way for founders to fund their business. Listed as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women, Romanow breaks the glass ceiling by reminding the world how powerful women entrepreneurs can be.
Michele also reminds her fellow female business ladies, “As an entrepreneur, you feel like you’re failing 90% of the time, and succeeding 10% of the time, you just gotta keep going, and when something starts to work, it’s magical.”
She's living proof of barriers being broken and smashing glass ceilings in this tech space!
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. We honour RBG by remembering her legacy. She was an extraordinarily powerful strategist and ingenious civil rights pioneer who changed the American nation by developing and installing legal theories that shattered barriers to build equality for women.
Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education and is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Mala is a voice for education and equality all around the world and she is committed to speaking for those who have no voice. Her unwavering commitment to her values is a global inspiration.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
Whitney is the founder and CEO of Bumble, a social and dating app, launched in 2014. At 31 years old, Herd became the world's youngest female self-made billionaire after taking Bumble public. She is also the youngest female CEO to take a company public in the US. Whitney is a boss who makes it happen - "Have a dream, chase it down, jump over every single hurdle, and run through fire and ice to get there."
Diana, Princess of Wales
Princess Diana was so much more than a style icon. She left behind a huge legacy as she was a prominent philanthropic force who broke barriers. She brought attention to a variety of causes such as leprosy awareness, landmines, and HIV/AIDS. In her lifetime, she was patron of more than 100 different causes across various fields. She was known as “People’s Princess”, greatly adored and revered by all.
Simply put - she is an icon.
Harris is the first woman, first South Asian American and first Black vice president-elect of the United States. For women of color in particular, Harris’ nomination symbolizes much more than a vice presidential win but an open door for their future. Kamala breaks barriers,
"My mother would look at me and she’d say, 'Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.' That’s why breaking those barriers is worth it. As much as anything else, it is also to create that path for those who will come after us."
As a woman submersed in the male dominated public relations industry, I never let the adversaries hinder my passion to forge ahead and become the best version of myself. In honour of International Women's Day I wanted to bring light to the powerful females, like the ones above, and I always strive to encourage you to continue to be the best boss babe you can be.
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Happy International Women's Day!