In honour of WCW, we decided to round up a few of the world’s most inspiring gals. Their stories vary, but if there’s one lesson we can learn from them all is to kill that little self-doubting voice that we all have inside our heads – even when our everyone and everything in our surroundings tells us otherwise. Cheers to fearless women.
The saying “beauty and brains” isn’t enough to describe the elegance and prowess that is Amal. Her presence in hollywood may be due in part to her marriage to the world’s most notorious bachelor George Clooney, but her fame and international respect came long before. Amal is a Lebanese born, Oxford educated lawyer, specializing in international law, human rights, and extradition. She is known for taking on some of the most challenging international cases, representing WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange during his extradition, and being a published author. She said she doesn’t mind her rising hollywood status as long as it sheds light on her work, and that there’s “a certain responsibility” that comes with being in the spotlight. “I think I’m exercising it in appropriate manner by continuing to do this kind of work, and engaging with the media on issues that I think are important.” When asked if she would ever give up on her challenging and at times dangerous cases, she made it clear that, “No. It’s not an option.” It’s no wonder this woman was all the motivation Clooney needed to transform from fuckboy to husband material.
Ursula grew up in poverty, raised by a single mom in the public housing projects of lower east side Manhattan. Many believed odds were not in her favour as she was black, a woman, and poor. But believing that “where I was didn’t define who I was”, she went on studying engineering as “an oddity in a sea of white males”. After gaining an internship at Xerox, she worked her way up to becoming the company’s CEO, and the first black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company (she is one of only 16). Ursula should be a lesson to all of us in those moments of self-doubt.
Being as bold, outspoken, and unapologetic as Chelsea requires major ballsiness and a lot of tact. This woman says what all of us are thinking but are too status quo-bound to express, all while being highly relatable. We can’t help but crush on her knack at breaking gender norms while being wildly hilarious at the same time.
The 36 year old mother of two has been the world’s highest paid model in history for 14 years in a row. Despite announcing her retirement from the runway 2 years ago, she continues to reign over every other supermodel, earning 30 million last year alone. Her estimated net worth is over 360 million (outearning her quarterback husband Tom Brady). Gisele struggled for the first 5 years of her career, being rejected by 37 agencies and countless castings, until she finally got her breakthrough with Alexander McQueen (which she attributes to “being in the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude”). Yet success like hers can’t be achieved without a proper attitude, as industry leaders admire her positivity, resilent emotional strength, and fearless work ethic. She is also a UN Goodwill environmental ambassador, donates regularly to charities, and remains surprisingly humble (not in any interview did she mention that she donated 1.5 million towards relief efforts in Haiti).
This women is the definition of inspiring. She grew up extremely poor in China and worked as a factory worker until she was able to save enough money to go study. After graduating university she scored a job at Goldman Sachs, from which she eventually branched out to start her own property management company. Her company flourished, and today she is worth 3.6 billion dollars. Cue dropping jaws.
You’ve probably never heard of her but she was the first woman in space at the tender age of 26. In 1963, at a time when women’s rights were nowhere near where they are now, she spent 3 days orbiting earth, for a total of 48 times – alone… You know, nbd. With only a background in skydiving, she wasn’t even an astronaut and was chosen out of 400 other applicants. *Remembers what I did at 26…*
Our world may currently be dictated by old males, but our hearts are reigned by the world’s first unofficial self-made monarch. She’s no mother of dragons, but the staggering scope of her worldwide beehive is something straight out of fiction. Beyonce is, well…Beyonce.
These women are the real definition of #empowered. They’re no different from us, just perhaps more fearless. Don’t know about you, but we’re feeling inspired af.