Women throughout history have done some pretty amazing things. Marie Curie discovered X-Rays and Rosa Parks stood up against racism, becoming known as the first lady of civil rights. However, it isn’t only historical women who have made a lasting impression on society! Genderbuzz is the number one feminist business directory; a platform created by women, built by women, and led by women. Today, we celebrate 5 modern-day women who have changed the way we live our lives today:
- Tarana Burke – Tarana started the #MeToo movement back in 2006, encouraging women to become more vocal about sexual assault and share their experiences. Through #MeToo, Tarana has been able to change the power dynamic between predator and victim, which had previously been untouched for years. It was a positive step forward for society as a whole and is playing a huge part in ending silence around sexual assault by the powerful.
- Hillary Clinton– whether you sit on the same side of the political aisle or not, Hilary has been a huge inspiration to women everywhere by running to be the first female president of the USA. Despite losing the 2016 election, her mission has proved to people everywhere that women have what it takes to run for the most powerful position in the world. Her Presidential run also highlighted the deep misogyny that still exists around powerful women and it served as an awakening to many more women who have been inspired to stand up and push themselves forward into the world of political leadership.
- Serena Williams – through her incredible athletic ability and fearless attitude, Serena has changed the world of sport for both men and women. Global female sports stars are rare, but Serena has shown us that it’s possible to be a world champion, a top earner and a global sports superstar as a woman.
- Diana, Princess of Wales –as one of the most iconic women of the 20th Century, her day, Dian’s personal story captivated the nation but proved that life, and women do indeed, go on after Divorce. Diana proved that women can actually flourish much more after a divorce than they can in the wrong romantic relationship. With the nation behind her, Diana became a more successful and more self-assured women after she left her unhappy marriage with Prince Charles.
- Sheryl Sandberg– Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of Lean In.org, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the world’s best know business women. In her 2013 seminal book, Lean In – Sheryl blew the lid off common gender stereotypes at work; the way women in charge get labelled as ‘Bossy’ whilst men are hailed as leaders and how women are punished for ‘not being nice first and foremost’. Sheryl’s heartfelt and well researched exposé highlighted to the world just how sexist the world of work still was and without doubt, she ignited a conversation which is continuing to benefit many women in the workplace today.
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