International Women's Day was started to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. This year, we asked some of our favorite entrepreneurs about the women they want to celebrate.
The 24 women ahead aren't only businesswomen but founders — meaning they've put a tremendous amount of time, effort, and money into making their ideas a reality. Along the way, they have all received support from other women — whether it's long-time friends or colleagues who understand the difficulties of starting a company, or dream mentors whose words have inspired them from afar.
Read on to see what they've learned from the women they admire.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Refinery29 is asking women to pay-it-forward by endorsing a female colleague or expert in their field. Head here to discover inspiring women across all the categories R29 covers.