In honor of International Women's Day, a day in celebration of every woman, young or old(er), across the world, we are celebrating by honoring 10 women we deeply admire.
Fun Fact: The first Women's Day was observed on February 28, 1909, and though the date has moved, it has been celebrated every year since then as a day to promote equality and recognition of incredible woman throughout the world.
1. Hilary Clinton
HRC has been a secretary of state, a first lady, a senator, and a presidential nominee. This woman has been the ‘first’ time and time again, and her fight for equality has been an inspiration to woman around the world, whether democrat, republican, or other.
Fun Fact: Our founder, Olga Vidisheva, also attended Wellesley College.
2. Condoleezza Rice
The first female African-American Secretary of State under the Bush presidency, Condoleezza Rice is now a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and served on the National Security Council as the Soviet Affairs Advisor during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Her impressive political career dates back to 1993, where she previously served as the provost and a professor at Stanford University.
3. Viola Davis
Not only is she a graduate of the Julliard School, but a doctorate of fine arts from Rhode Island College. Her extensive education aided her in her journey to entertainment industry greatness, winning her first Academy Award nomination in 2009, and her first win in 2017. She is a wife, a mother, and an incredible woman.
4. Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl is the COO of Facebook, the first woman on the board of Facebook, and literally wrote a book, Lean In, about being a woman in business and a leader despite discrimination or expectations. She runs a foundation that empowers people and supports equality in the face of adversity.
5. Meryl Streep
This woman is well-established as a staple of the entertainment industry and at 67 her over 40 year career isn't ending any time soon. With 20 Academy Awards Nominations and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, Meryl Streep is proof that you really can do anything you put your mind to.
6. Amal Clooney
Born in Lebanon and raised in Britain, Amal is an international human rights lawyer and has had many high-profile cases in the 20 years since becoming a barrister. She's multilingual and her husband George Clooney - do we need to say more?!
7. Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany and has been called "the decider" of the European Union. She has received the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman on Forbes' List of World's Most Powerful People, coming in second in 2015 and third in 2016. She loves soccer (football) and has been known to listen to the national team play while in parliament.
8. Emma Watson
A talented actress, a beautiful model, and most importantly, a fierce feminist. A proud promoter of gender equality and the true meaning of feminism, Emma Watson motivates us to stand up for what we believe in. Not to mention making it cool to be the smartest witch in school.
9. Tina Fey
She's funny as hell and has taken a stand against traditional gender roles since she started in the entertainment industry. Her book, Bossypants, and the impossible to forget Liz Lemon of 30 Rock are only a few examples of Tina Fey's long history of shutting down sexism with humor and grace.
10. Marissa Mayer
Barely even in her 40's, this incredible woman is the President and CEO of the tech giant Yahoo, and still manages to be a committed wife and mother of three.