Oprah Winfrey on her hard upbringing, making the most out of a second chance, and turning her remarkable career into a platform for her to serve a cause greater than herself.
As co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates helps to shape and approve strategies, setting the overall direction for the foundation. In developing countries, the Foundation harnesses science and technology to save lives while empowering the world’s poorest people to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. In the U.S., it works to improve U.S. high school and post-secondary education. Over the years, Melinda has become a champion for women and girls’ rights and health around the world. In 2012, she spearheaded the London Summit on Family Planning, aiming to deliver contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries by 2020. And on her storytelling platform Better by Half, she shares stories about individuals and organizations doing work to empower women and girls. In 2014, Gates began her partnership with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on No Ceilings, a project to collect and analyze data on global gender equality in the 21st century.
Martina Navratilova is a tennis legend. Born and raised in Communist Czechoslovakia, she defected to the United States at 18 years old, leaving her family behind in order to pursue her career without the bounds of the government's restrictions on when and where she was allowed to play. Once in America, Navratilova was faced with the media's negative reaction to her outspoken, confident nature, as well as the complexities of being a gay woman, which meant losing sponsorships. Still, Navratilova dominated. Arguably the best tennis player to ever step on the court, she amassed an unmatched number of professional records over the course of a career that spanned an amazing four decades. She has won 59 Grand Slam crowns, a record nine Wimbledon singles champions. As she says, "The ball doesn't know how old I am," so even when Navratilova retired in 1994, she continued to play doubles until 2006. She was 50 years old. As one of the first openly gay sports figures, Navratilova has been a vocal advocate for equal rights and a strong supporter of many charities benefitting the LGBT community. She has received numerous awards from many of the most influential organizations within the LGBT community.
Teach girls that failure isn’t inherently bad – and it isn’t a reflection of their abilities or self-worth.
Killing Eve is witty, thrilling and an exhilarating ride - each episode is better than the last, and you never quite know what to expect. How much do we love thee, Killing Eve? Let us count the ways it packs a feminist punch in every scene.
Nicola Adams is in inspiration in so many ways: as an athlete, as a woman, as a champion making sure that the next generation of girls doesn't have to fight for boxing opportunities like she did. Here are some of our favourite Nicola Adams moments so far.
Michelle Obama is smart, funny, beautiful, inspirational and a woman of many talents, something she's proven to all of us over the years in her roles as community activist, lawyer, author, mother and former First Lady of the United States of America. She is a role model for girls and women everywhere and we just can't get enough of her. Here are some of the most inspiring Michelle Obama moments over the years.
The Wing - New York's hit female-only members' club - is setting up shop in London, opening in a gorgeous townhouse in Fitzrovia this autumn.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a woman of many talents: an actress, writer, playwright and director that has captured hearts the world over. Her characters are flawed, she's a "bad feminist" (her words) and we never know what to expect when we're watching one of her shows. That's why we can't get enough of her.
Women's rights activists like Nadia Murad and Waris Dirie won't stop fighting until they see an end to injustices against women. Check out the amazing and inspiring women's rights activists who are speaking out against everything from sex trafficking to female genital mutilation.