Women Using Their Voices For Change!

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

Ladies, we are the backbone of society, YES, we must prove ourselves time and time again, work harder in a male dominated world, but we are strong, and should be empowered by the success of our sisterhood. These women are changing the world, being heard, using their platforms and voices on behalf of all of us. They prove you can make a difference at any chapter of your life ~ So YOU can too!

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Malala turned her life-threatening injury into an inspirational fight for the right to education, especially female education. Malala co-authored I Am Malala, which became an international bestseller, she was the youngest Nobel Prize honoree, the first person awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize and the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada. In her continued activism for education she co-founded the Malala Fund, a charitable fund working for a world where every girl can learn and lead, breaking down the barriers which prevent over a 130 million girls worldwide from going to school.

Geena Davis - Photo Lauren Magit Jones

Geena Davis

Born Virginia Elizabeth Davis, we all know her as “Geena” is an American actress, model and activist, received numerous accolades for her acting work in television and film, for portraying strong and authentic female characters as well as her involvement in advocacy for women in the industry.

Geena’s acting debut was in 1982 in the film” Tootsie” Since then she’s made a name for herself, as a leader in gender equality.

In 2004 Davis launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, collaboratively with the entertainment industry to dramatically increase the presence of female characters in media. Through the organization, in 2015 she launched the Bentonville Film Festival which takes place annually in Bentonville, Arkansas. She executive produced the documentary This Changes Everything in 2018.

In 2019, Genna was recognized of her work for gender equality, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts

An American television broadcaster and someone we invite into our home each morning as anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.

A southern girl at heart, Roberts grew up in Mississippi and attended Southeastern Louisiana University, She was a sports anchor for local TV and radio stations, then landed a job as sportscaster on ESPN for 15 years (1990–2005) Climbing the ladder, Robin became co-anchor on Good Morning America in 2005.

In 2007 Roberts was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer, she underwent surgery and by January 2008 had completed eight chemotherapy treatments, following 6½ weeks of radiation.

In 2012 she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease of the bone marrow. Roberts went public with her illness and brought light to Be the Match Registry, a nonprofit organization run by the National Marrow Donor Program. The organization experienced an 1,800 percent spike thanks to Robin’s courage to stand tall in hopes to help others. Her treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome was chronicled on the program, which earned a 2012 Peabody Award for the coverage.

In 2014 Robert’s book was published, Everybody's Got Something

Robin is a people person and one of the greatest journalists of all time, her compassion for others shines though and it made perfect sense why she started thriver thursday from Rock’n Robins Production, it’s an initiative that spotlights “thrivers” – people who preserve, achieve their goals and even surpass them despite life-altering circumstances. From people who have experienced a catastrophic diagnosis, unexpected loss, divorce, and personal betrayal. These are the people who were dealt a choice and they chose to thrive.

The series is a prescription for empowerment, a remedy of information combined with compassion, optimism, and humor. #thriverthrusday

“I’m not crazy about the word survivor. I say we are thriving and believe we are thrivers”
– Robin Roberts

Greta Thunberg - Photo Fabrice Coffrini

Greta Thunberg

At the tender age of only 16, Thunberg is a household name for her campaigning for action on global warming. This young Swedish woman has done so much to highlight the need to change, her movement, School Strike for The Climate gathered momentum and she addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference. In August 2019, Thunberg sailed from Plymouth, UK, to New York, US, to attend climate conferences in New York and demonstrate her belief in reducing emissions. She is already being hailed as a “next generation leader” and has won multiple awards including International Children’s Peace Prize. Her message is strong and clear, and the world is listening!

Amy Poehler - Photo Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Amy Poehler

Funny lady Poehler, is an American actress, comedian, voice actor, writer, producer, and director. She founded the improv troupe and theater Upright Citizens Brigade, was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and starred in NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

In 2001 Poehler set up her own production company called Paper Kite Productions. Paper Kite is part of Universal Television. As of 2019, the production company's staff is all female. To describe her success as a producer, The Hollywood Reporter called Poehler "a powerful arbiter of sophisticated comedy."

September 2008 Poehler began producing a digital series with two of her friends, Meredith Walker and Amy Miles, titled Smart Girls at the Party. Launched by the Texas-based ON Networks distributor, the official press release stated that the show "aims to help girls find confidence in their own aspirations and talents." In each episode, Poehler interviews a girl with a "unique talent, community interest or point of view." The first season of Smart Girls at the Party premiered online November 17, 2008, with Mattel’s Barbie signed on as the lead sponsor.

In 2011 Poehler was included on Time's "100 most influential people in the world" which again was another step towards her next endeavor.

2012 Smart Girls at the Party returned as part of the YouTube Original Channel Initiative that focused upon the creation of new content. The new Smart Girls at the Party YouTube Channel went live on July 2, 2012, including new episodes of Smart Girls at the Party along with additional shows by Poehler, Walker, and Miles.

In 2014 Smart Girls at the Party project was acquired by the Legendary Entertainment company in mid-October. Poehler said to the media: By the time of the deal, over five million views were registered on its YouTube channel and over 550,000 fans had liked the initiative on Facebook. On the Smart Girls YouTube channel, viewers had the opportunity to ask for life advice from Poehler in segments called Ask Amy.

December 2015 Poehler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions in television. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014.

With giant steps forward for women in film, Amy made her film directorial debut with Wine Country, which premiered on Netflix on May 10, 2019.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

What hasn’t Fonda done is more the question?! From businesswoman to actress, writer to activist, Fonda has done it all and continues to do so. Fonda goes from dazzling us with her performance in the hugely successful Netflix series Grace and Frankie, to proudly being arrested in Washington because of her strong beliefs on climate change. Through her career Fonda has constantly used her platform to fight for her strong beliefs, giving both her time and money, campaigning for native Americans to the women’s movement. So long as she keeps out of jail Fonda will keep advocating to make this world a better place! You can support Fonda and her work at JaneFonda.Com.

Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely

Blakely is the creator and owner of SPANX, an American underwear company, she has literally helped change the lives of millions of women and enabled them to feel more confident going about their everyday lives. Her brilliant creation has led her to be America’s youngest self-made female billionaire. Through her Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation, she pours her efforts into empowering women and pledges to “invest in women because I believe it offers one of the greatest returns on investment.” Blakely has donated millions to numerous charities around the world, including Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Blakely created The Belly Art Project, where more than 100 moms-to-be painted their bellies to help promote safe pregnancy and childbirth for women everywhere. This coming February Blakely will be the keynote speaker for the Synapse Summit 2020 in Tampa, Florida.

Ellen DeGeneres - Photo Nino Munoz

Ellen DeGeneres

Everyday DeGeneres is proving so much for so many women, most people know her as the host of her daily talk show, and she makes a point of being kind which is no small thing. DeGeneres overcame enormous odds to become successful again after being axed from ELLEN, a sitcom on ABC, because she came out as gay. Degeneres has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her humanitarian work, named special envoy for Global AIDS Awareness and won 30 Emmys. Being a massive animal lover and activist, DeGeneres has fought against importing Elephant trophies, she has a gorilla home in Rwanda and The Ellen Fund supports global conservation efforts.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Lisa Lutoff Perlo

Lisa Lutoff Perlo is the President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, she landed the position in 2014, making her the first woman to be named CEO of a major cruise line.

Lisa was on a mission and appointed the first American woman captain of a cruise ship. A forced to be reckoned with and a powerhouse with the upcoming launch of the Celebrity Edge, an innovative 2,900 passenger ship that will set sail on March 8, 2020 also known as “International Women’s Day”

A leader in gender equality at sea, the upcoming voyage will make history with the first women led cruise. An entire female bridge and officer team, numbering 27 women. Now that’s, excuse my language, friggin impressive!

Lisa, set out to make a difference, and WOW has she! Watch Celebrity Edge All Women Promo Video

Antigone Rising - Cathy Henderson, Nini Camps & Kristen Ellis Henderson

Antigone Rising

These ladies rock! Antigone is a rock band, featuring Nini Camps - Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Cathy Henderson - Lead guitar/Backing vocals, Kristen Ellis-Henderson - Drums/Percussion/Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals.

The group started a nonprofit Girls Rising, to empower young women and LGBTQ youth to become game changers. In life, we all look for role models and Antigone Rising has it in them to empower through their music. Watch Game Changers video.

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

DuVernay, an award-winning American filmmaker with numerous firsts to her name, including the first black woman nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Picture for the outstanding film Selma. With the massive success of A Wrinkle In Time, DuVernay has raised the torch for all women in film, proving women are more than capable of pulling of major films. DuVernay has used her success to help other women directors by using only women to direct every episode of Queen Sugar, another first. DuVernay tackles racially charged issues in her film and TV work with the greatest finesse, under her direction the characters take flight, which gives us the opportunity to see the depth of their stories. DuVernay founded ARRAY in 2010, which is dedicated to supporting and promoting independent films by people of color and women on a global scale, the ARRAY Creative Campus is situated in historic Filipinotown in LA.

Megan Rapinoe - Photo Getty Images

Megan Rapino

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe is a tour de force, both on and off the field. Her soccer skills have helped lead her team to multiple wins, including United States women’s national soccer team win in the 2012 Olympic Games and two FIFA Women’s World Cup wins. Rapinoe was named The Best FIFA Women’s Player and is the only person, male or female, to have scored a goal from a corner at the Olympic Games. Rapinoe likes to defy stereotypes and stands proud for all women in her constant fight for equal pay for women in sport, advocates for social justice and the LGBTQ community, including Athlete Ally which helps athletic communities to become more inclusive.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

As Lady Gaga celebrates her three Grammy nominations for A Star Is Born, we celebrate the fascinating woman that she is. Not only is Gaga multi-award-winning icon, who has proven herself to be an outstanding singer, songwriter and actress, she also donates time and money to help others. From benefiting the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims to sexual assault victims and the fight against HIV and AIDS. Gaga is passionate about creating a braver, kinder world with her Born This Way Foundation, which helps empower youth to create safe spaces in the face of bullying. Gaga was awarded the LennonOno Grant For Peace from Yoko Ono. You never know when Gaga might arrive with pizza, as she did for California Wildfire Evacuees.

Emma Watson - Photo Max Getty

Emma Watson

As a child, Watson became a household name by portraying the character of Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter films. Since then she has taken on many roles, not just film roles, Watson is a women’s rights activist. In 2014 she was appointed a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and she delivered an inspired speech to launch, the UN’s campaign for gender equality, HeForShe. Watson has spoken around the world on women’s rights and gender equality, she has appeared on the TIME 100 list of most influential people and was chosen as Woman of the Year by British GQ. This year Watson helped launch Advice Line for people who have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace.

Sarah Kate Ellis

Sarah Kate Ellis

Ellis is the President and CEO of GLAAD, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, America’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization. On a daily basis she advocates for the LGBTQ community, using her powerful communication skills, she demands fair and accurate coverage. Ellis helped create the GLAAD Institute, which helps train volunteers to battle homophobia through the media. Through her work she helps shift opinion towards the positive for LGBTQ people and pushes for greater inclusion. Ellis puts herself on the front line fighting for LGBTQ acceptance and civil rights, it’s her mission.

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