We love to tell you about the women who inspire us. But who inspires them? That’s the question we set out to answer this International Women’s Day. We asked over 100 influential women across seven industries to recommend the barrier breakers, risk takers, and steady hands who encourage them to do better and be better and in the spirit of the day that celebrates “the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.”
Each woman was tasked with endorsing a female colleague: From Drew Barrymore who highlights makeup entrepreneur Zanna Roberts Rassi to body positivity influencer Jessamyn Stanley who names marathoner Mirna Valeria, these women are building new networks. If IWD is about a “call to action for accelerating gender parity” our list is evidence that we are getting there.
International Women's Day was created in the early 1900s as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of women. But we no longer just need a celebration. During the age of #TimesUp and #MeToo, we need to do more than talk about each other. We need to build a new Rolodex.
In honor of International Women’s Day, take a minute to think about the kick-ass women in your life today and maybe even give them their own shout out. We need our girl gangs more than ever.
Because it's not just the future that is female; it’s right here, in the present.
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