Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity are what make International Women’s Day—observed on March 8—successful.
Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, once explained, “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.”
So, make International Women’s Day your day, and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.
In light of International Women’s Day, take a look at these powerful women around the world making strides in all walks of life.
In October 2018, Zewde became the first female president of Ethiopia. She is currently the only acting female head of state in Africa.
Nashar is the first female CEO of Saudi commercial bank, Samba Financial Group. She became CEO at a time when Saudi Arabia was beginning to implement reforms that will promote gender equality as part of their Vision 2030.
Brnabic is the first female and first openly gay Prime Minister of traditionally conservative Serbia.
Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teen with Asperger’s who became a global conscience for climate change and environmental activism, has been named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019. She is the world’s most notable and youngest climate change activist.
Najiah Knight is 13-year-old professional bull rider. Najiah is a Native American of Paiute and Klamath ancestry from Arlington, Oregon. She was the only female bull rider at the MBR tour (Mini Bull Riders tour). She recently landed her first endorsement, Ariat boots—a major and longtime sponsor of PBR, Professional Bull Riders.
Brooke Neblett, president and CEO of FYI – For Your Information Inc. and Federal Hill Consulting LLC, won the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. The Enterprising Women of the Year Award is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship and stand out as leaders in their communities.
Remembering Leila Janah & Mary Higgins Clark
Entrepreneur Leila Janah, who strived to create job opportunities for the world’s poorest communities, passed away on January 24. She was 37. In 2008, Janah founded Samasource in Kenya, which now employs more than 2,900 people in Kenya, Uganda, and India. The company has helped more than 50,000 people lift themselves out of poverty and has become one of the largest employers in East Africa.
Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, passed away on January 31 at age 92. The notable author wrote more than more than 50 books—which all became bestsellers—and was an idol to a generation of mystery writers and readers.