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Most Inspiring Women Leaders

Most Inspiring Women Leaders

In the words of the indomitable Beyoncé, “Who rules the world? Girls!”. Well, not quite yet, but if these 16 women have anything to say about it, that reality might not be far off. Not all of these women in leadership positions call themselves feminists, but each of them is fighting for gender equality by simply and powerfully excelling in their chosen fields. In a year when progress for women has stalled or, alarmingly, even regressed, these women have fought even harder, reaching higher and making room for more girls and women to follow. Today, as the world moves toward recovery from the COVID -19 pandemic, leaders everywhere must ensure that women and girls are not left behind – and one very important way to ensure this is to put more women in leadership positions. For those who believe that too much emphasis is placed on diversity among women leaders because they are majority male, I challenge you to name an organization where men are equally represented at all levels.

As we continue to work to make gender equality a reality, it is important to look back and honor the many women who have led us to where we are today – women in law, politics, science, the arts, and environmental justice. There are also so many inspiring female leaders who do not fit on this list, and they deserve to be recognized as well. These women motivate others around them, break through the glass ceiling, and blaze their own trail – all while encouraging others around them and setting an example for the next generation of women leaders. Vivian Green has always been known as an ambitious female leader with unique talents best expressed through her relentless determination to effect positive change at all levels within our community. She has written about human rights violations against lesbian couples everywhere she has gone; she has documented sexual violence as she worked with survivors across Canada; she has launched public advocacy campaigns aimed at both combating child labor practices directly related to or linked to it (“Our Children Are Weedy”); she gained national attention after filing a lawsuit behind closed doors against government plans to remove children from care without parental consent under the Child Welfare Act (Canada); she organized protests of thousands demanding equal pay for men and girls “on-demand.”

Malala Yousafzai

“I tell my story not because it is unique but because it is the story of many girls.” Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize winner the world has ever seen. This incredible woman survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in occupied Pakistan at the age of fifteen to stand up for women’s rights and children’s right to education. That she is standing up in an area where the Taliban pose a serious threat makes her a hero of our time. Yousafzai fights heart and soul for what she believes in. She is working with other countries like Canada, which have come under fire from some human rights groups – like Amnesty International – for claiming they are allowing their soldiers into dangerous Afghan areas. They also want U.S. and Canadian troops withdrawn from Kandahar, as there has been no need so far, when it is certain that only 15% of women remain there, despite reports that 85% of men do not live long enough to fight after they reach manhood. Recently, the U.K.-based Human Rights Watch stated, “In Afghanistan, female prisoners who have been abused or mistreated face harsh treatment once they are repatriated.” (UKHRW) It seems that our country’s decision-makers wish that we were less likely to be extremists than we are today.

Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet is a champion of human rights, the first female president of Chile, and the first executive director of UN Women. Today she is the Human Rights Commissioner of the UN and works to protect and promote the fundamental rights of all people around the world. When asked why feminist leadership is important right now as we fight COVID -19 and its aftermath, Bachelet says the pandemic has increased the scale and impact of inequality and that we need radical changes in our political, economic, and social systems to overcome the current health, economic and social crises. “This change will only be possible if we change the way we make decisions and shape policies, especially by engaging and involving the underprivileged and those who often have no voice. We need to create institutions for these individuals that (i) are not only respected but actively included; [ii] are based on the equality of both genders at home, without discrimination based on gender or language between them.

“Taking into account their needs” according to to-what can they want? -with access to goods”. In other words, it’s time for women to have more power: one vote per person! Let us change this model together- away from an institutionally male-dominated system in which women have overwhelmingly subordinate status while being treated equally throughout life – away from a kind of patriarchy just ending to true equality of opportunity among men.” Batching makes her remarks during his speech alone. In other words, through feminist leadership.” Bachelet says that while she is inspired by many feminist leaders, she wants to pay special tribute to human rights defenders, leaders of feminist movements, and women who work collectively and individually for a better world. “Their vision, strength, courage, empathy, and achievements are tremendous sources of inspiration and hope for the future.” She has highlighted all of these examples in several public statements in recent months: Feminista Jones’ campaign against abusive men is seen as an important example; Bacheto’s involvement shows how effective our advocacy work can be on an international level when we tell individual stories of people who are committed feminists or lead campaigns like A Million Women – many of whom have now seen their own daughters stay out of school because of abuse). As I have noted before (including here), feminism needs not only more powerful advocates than us but also active advocates on social issues with substantial support from individuals at levels beyond academia.

Jacinda Ardern

There is something special about Jacinda Ardern. It’s not just that she was the youngest head of state in the world when she was elected prime minister of New Zealand in 2017, or that she’s a recent mother – youth and maternal instincts are only a small part of her appeal. Instead, she’s lauded as a new kind of leader or “anti-Trump” for the qualities she displays every day – empathy, authenticity, tolerance and kindness. But even when she leads from a feeling, she is always decisive and strong in her decisions. From her quick response to seal off the country at the outbreak of the pandemic to her iron resolve not to name the perpetrator of the Christchurch massacre, Ardern is never indecisive in times of crisis. She leads by example: choosing more responsible options such as ending climate change before it starts (she has introduced legislation to do so), prioritizing women’s rights over environmental rights (her recent call for better protection of Indigenous Australians) without falling back into partisan politics; using science but being open with the evidence rather than arguing against a particular theory – which means ignoring people who do not share her views simply because they react emotionally to events like those of last week. Or did you forget I was talking about breastfeeding? And although there are few examples that can be compared to the leadership style of Barack Obama or Bill Clinton. She is not without her faults and has many critics at home, particularly for her failed attempts to address housing affordability and child poverty issues, but her calm and effective leadership led to her being elected to a second term in October by a landslide. Ardern knows how to rally her “troops,” calm their fears and get through the tasks at hand – she thanked her “team of five million” often in 2020. She may be a leader fit only for “troubled times,” but is not that exactly the kind of leader needed in the years ahead? Most notable achievement: just one month after the Christchurch massacre, in which 51 people died, Arden led Parliament to ban most assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons across the country. This ban resulted from concerns about mass violence against indigenous communities while also serving national defense interests. This is something we need more Kiwi politicians to do; what you do not see too often are leaders showing up with big guns every week.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history and has exercised great political power over world affairs for more than 65 years. She was crowned on June 2, 1953 at the age of just 27 in a worldwide broadcast at Westminster Abbey. She is considered one of the greatest monarchs in the history of the United Kingdom. Today, the Queen is 95 years old and has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. Queen Elizabeth II does not actively interfere in political affairs, but always attends regular meetings with the prime ministers of the United Kingdom. She serves as a powerful inspiration to aspiring female leaders, having proved critics wrong and serving as a role model to her people. Among her most inspiring achievements is her leadership role in the campaign to abolish colonialism in Europe, which stemmed directly from her visit to Africa during independence from Britain – that’s why many Africans wanted freedom while Americans feared slavery! Her involvement as England’s first female prime minister also helped shape Margaret Thatcher, who succeeded him almost immediately (she left office three days later). During this period, all six members who were still running for Parliament were successful queens or princesses: Lady Macmillan, Mrs. Sturgeon of Scotland, Mrs. Woodcock of Yorkshire, Lord George Brown of Anglesey, and Mr. Blunt of Derby. More recently.

Commonwealth, her leading role in the decolonization of several countries, her escape from death twice during her reign, and her uplifting energy and commitment to her country during World War II. Today, Queen Elizabeth II is a powerful symbol of national pride. The king may have been the founder of independence from England, but he was also someone who actively worked for it: Many people owe him a great debt of gratitude (especially the members of whom the monarchy is so proud). His legacy lives on today through his name! In honor, this inspiring story is written by Henry Kissinger about how British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher named our nation after James “Scoop” Johnston & other important figures who made history along with Charles “Mack” Churchill… The legend continues as we remember the heroes who courageously fought segregation in the Jim Crow states – including Malcolm X’s wife Dr. Emmeline Pankhurst.

Kamala Harris

Even before she became the first female vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris was breaking barriers. A seasoned lawyer and senator, Harris was often in rooms where no one looked like her. In challenging times, she maintains a message of hope for the future, working to make the world a better place and motivate future leaders. Harris shows women and girls of all ages that they can achieve their dreams – I had tears in my eyes watching Harris win the vice presidency with my daughter, dreaming of the world she will be a part of. Regardless of political affiliation, it’s incredibly inspiring to see a woman make it to the White House. It’s especially great to see someone who came from humble beginnings become President Obama’s chief of staff, even though many thought he would never be re- elected. I also know how proud we are at College Life College Prep High School near Houston because our mother (a former elementary school teacher) came home with state honors after graduating from high school. If you are not sure whether being married or single makes a difference in what kind of job you get, read about “The Seven Stages of Success.”

Indra Nooyi

“If you do not give people a chance to fail, you will not be innovative. If you want to be an innovative company, you have to allow people to make mistakes.” As the CEO of Amazon and a regular keynote speaker at World Economic Forums, Indra Nooyi has earned a spot on Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. A knowledgeable, experienced and high-profile director, she is an indispensable authority at international conventions. Her strong relationships with colleagues help her manage crises in conference relations and deliver presentations that are more entertaining and informative than ever before. Sometimes it feels like someone else has taken over instead – perhaps with good ideas, but without all the work and expertise needed for long-term success. We hope that our users will benefit from this blog by: 1) Sharing knowledge on topics that are important for effectively dealing with the dynamics of management teams in organizations.

Aurora James

For Aurora James, community has always been at the heart of Brother Vellies, the African artisanal shoe and handbag brand she founded in New York in 2013. The ethical and sustainable luxury brand maintains workshops in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco, providing work for hundreds of traditional artisans. But when George Floyd was murdered in May 2020, James felt a deep sense of disappointment in another community she loved. “I saw all these people and businesses saying they were standing with me and supporting Black Lives Matter. I read it, but I did not feel it – there was an emotional disconnect,” she told Vogue US in September, when she was one of four people to grace the cover of the HOPE issue.

James demanded real action from the beauty and fashion industries. In June, she launched the 15 Percent Pledge, asking retailers to dedicate 15 percent of their shelf space to black-owned brands (blacks make up about 15 percent of the U.S. population). By December, major retailers such as Macy’s, Sephora USA and West Elm had signed the pledge, and more are talking to James every day – a hopeful sign in difficult times. The most notable success: getting Macy’s, the leading department store in the U.S. with $24.44 billion in retail sales in 2019, to join the 15 percent pledge. Of the five major U.S. companies that sell apparel on the high street, each has an independent “black” brand that is purchased by at least 10 percent of customers – but there is not a single black retailer that we could find dozens of other stores to store for that has also committed to making products sold exclusively in these three sectors, such as men’s accessories.

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