It’s time to celebrate the most inspirational women that we have admired this past year. These strong and incredible women have all spoken up and fought for important causes that they believe in and that are dominant in the world today. They have shown courage and determination to campaign and fight for equality in a range of spheres. Here are six women who are a true inspiration right now.
- Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle is the ultimate inspiration for women all around the world. The American actress has always used her platform of fame for great causes, endlessly supporting the empowerment of women. She challenges stereotypes and has been an advocate of women’s rights, humanitarian causes and equality for many years.
“With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire.”
In 2018, she became a member of the British royal family, modernising the monarchy and making it more representative of the diverse and multicultural society that we live in today. She has brought to her role a celebration of culture, race and feminism. She is a highly successful and inspirational woman who is a role model to women globally.
- Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil has become a vocal campaigner for eradicating body-shamming in society. She is an advocate for body positivity and actively fights against the celebrity and media culture of airbrushing women’s bodies. She launched an Instagram account called ‘I Weigh’, asking for women to share unretouched pictures of themselves. The idea is for women to post their pictures with text detailing how much they ‘weigh’ in terms of attributes they like about themselves that are not related to their appearance or body weight. Her message is powerful and her mission for women to see themselves beyond their physical features and body weight is so important in today’s society. She refuses for any images of herself to be airbrushed and has campaigned for this practice to be banned altogether.
- Amal Clooney
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is a fearless female that has motivated and inspired women across the globe. A qualified lawyer in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Amal has dedicated her career to campaigning for the right for women to receive education and tirelessly fighting terrorist group ISIS. She has worked on a number of high-profile cases, providing legal representation for Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by ISIS and trafficked as a sex slave.
“The worst thing we can do as women is not stand up for each other. And this is something that we can practise every day, no matter where we are or what we do – because if we are united, there is no limit to what we can do.”
- Aline Santos
Aline Santos is the Executive Vice President for Global Marketing at Unilever, one of the largest media buyers in the world. Her focus is championing gender equality and diversity in the workplace. With this as her priority in the last two years, she has been focussing on Unilever’s gender balance, aiming to increase female representation in management. Aline is an inspirational business and career woman for the 21st-century workplace.
- Dr Christine Blasey Ford
Dr Christine Blasey Ford showed huge courage during 2018 when she came forward with allegations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and waived her right to anonymity. Her bravery inspired thousands of people to come forward with their experiences and the hashtag ‘whyididntreport’ went viral. This followed a year of the ‘metoo’ movement, which continues to highlight extensive unreported sexual violence worldwide.
- Emma Codd
Emma Codd is the Managing Partner for Talent at accountancy firm Deloitte. She is an inspirational career woman who concentrates on changing the culture of the workplace. Emma’s focus is on leading a cultural change towards the attitudes of career-break mothers and supporting women who want to return to work after maternity leave. She launched the ‘Return To Work’ scheme in 2015 to help enable women to re-enter the workplace after a career break. She is vocal about gender pay gap issues, and actively works towards eradicating them.
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