March 8th is the International Women’s Day all over the world. Today we salute all the women around the globe and wish us all equality, safety and same human rights no matter how we look, who we love or where we live. There are so many amazing women who we admire for their courage, humanity and grace. Here are just a few of the women who give us daily inspiration:
Michelle Obama is the First Lady and the most watched person in the world, but first and foremost she is a mother. She’s also a style icon and an activist who is inspiring a whole generation to move with her Let’s Move! campaign. She brings the normal into the White House and does it with endearing humanity. She is a true role model to women everywhere.
Martha Stewart – the ultimate entrepreneur – came from humble beginnings and built a media empire by teaching herself to cook from Julia Child’s “Mastering The Art of French Cooking” book. Even a short stint in jail (for insider trading allegations) did not dampen her entrepreneurial drive and now – for decades – Martha has shown us that we too, can multitask, entertain and do it all.
Oprah Winfrey has an unparallel connection with people. She was a television pioneer who broke all the rules on daytime television with the Oprah Winfrey Show. Her Oprah Winfrey Foundation gives out hundreds of grants to organizations that support the education and empowerment of women, children and families in the United States and around the world. We love her because she has shown us that size really does not matter.
Ellen DeGeneres showed us on television to be proud of who you are. She is a rare combination of kind and funny. Her love to dance makes us smile immediately and bust out some moves that cannot not compare to hers.
Christiane Amanpour has been our eyes and ears as a television news reporter in some of the most dangerous and volatile places on earth. She gets to ask the world leaders the tough questions we want answers to. She is relentless in her pursuit of the truth, which has won her numerous awards, including nine Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. We admire her for her courage – sometimes literally – under a fire.
Coco Chanel gave us the little black dress. She was a fashion pioneer and the first woman designer to launch her own perfume in the 1920s (Channel no 5). Her luxury was comfortable luxury, freeing women from the corsets and confining clothing. She is our ultimate style icon!
In 1973 Brigitte Bardot walked away from the limelight and founded the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. She is a relentless animal activist and because of her efforts the Council of Europe has banned the importation of seal fur and the French government has banned ivory imports. Her quest to speak for the animals makes us love her dearly.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has dedicated her whole life to duty and serving the nation. She is an unwavering symbol of a nation. She works harder at 87 years than most younger people have ever done in their whole lives. She does not complain. She – simply – is our Queen.
As a middle-aged mother struggling to pay school fees, Julie Deane took a childhood memory of a leather satchel and with no business nor design experience, grew it to a multimillion pound business from her kitchen. And now, the Cambridge Satchel is a must have fashion accessory with its own factory and a flagship store in London’s Govent Garden. She showed us that it is never too late to realize your dreams.
Amidst all the turmoil of Princess Diana‘s life and the demands of a very public life, she raised two very normal boys that carry on her spirit of generosity, warmth and caring. With one single handshake she changed the world’s perception of AIDS and even to this day, she remains, the People’s princess.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem
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