Ode to Boss Babes
In honor of the courageous, strong and powerful women that participated in the Women's March around the world, here are five boss chicks that are making waves in the world. Some are well known and others are more behind the scenes, but make no mistake, these ladies are on top of their game and make the world a little better to live in with their creativity, spirit, and overall bad-assery!
1) Issa Rae: The genius creator, writer, and star of HBO's new hit show, "Insecure", Ms. Rae's debut on the main stage has been nothing short of spectacular. Her realistic take on being a young 20-something black woman figuring out love, life and career issues has captivated audiences and earned Ms. Rae a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She's not only a boss, but she's been a boss - having gained a loyal following through her web series "Awkward Black Girl". Ms. Rae's depiction of South Los Angeles beyond the stereotypes is also garnering well-deserved attention.
2) Reshma Saujani: As the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Ms. Saujani stormed onto the scene while campaigning for a U.S. congressional seat. While pursuing her political aspirations, she witnessed young girls who were significantly behind in computing skills. In reaction to this disparity, she created the non-profit organization with the goal of "closing the gender gap in technology." Since the company's founding, the number of participants has swelled to 10,000 girls in 42 states. She and her team are creating a pipeline for future engineers and ensuring that every girl that wants to learn to code can.
3) Bozoma Saint John: The Ghanaian-born Saint John currently runs global marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. The importance of her work, however, has not shaken her tremendous sense of self. Known to be uniquely her own, including adding pops of color and leopard print to her ensembles, Ms. Saint John knows how to make a statement. Even more statement-making is how she seamlessly has her hand in the major music moments of the recent past, including closing the wildly successful partnership between Beyonce and Pepsi. What's even more inspirational is that she has risen to the top and above personal setbacks, including the untimely death of her husband to cancer, to continue storming the world with her creativity, marketing prowess, and love for life...not to mention that her Instagram feed is envy-inducing!
4) Bana al-Abed: In the midst of the heartbreaking crisis in Aleppo, one beacon of light was this 7 year old young lady who documented her and her family's struggles prior to being rescued. Through honest and real time reporting, this brave soul shared with the world her greatest fears as well as an honest look at what the world could only imagine. Called the "Anne Frank of the Syrian civil war", she was able to represent hope in the face of tyranny. She deserves to be honored for her tenacity and her spirit.
5) Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Since 1993, the "Notorious R.B.G.", a moniker that she finds charming, has served as one of the most intriguing and well-respected justices on the Supreme Court of the United States. Perhaps her unassuming nature contrasted with her sharp and to the point opinions are what feed this intrigue. In 2016 she broke with tradition and let her political views be known by all when she commented on Donald Trump's candidacy including his refusal to provide tax returns. Her gumption in that regard is something to be admired, and certainly elevates her to superhero status.
Cheers to these ladies who in their own way are making a huge impact on this world. May we follow in their footsteps with purpose and with vision.
Are there any ladies that are inspiring you these days? Sound off in the comments below. For more inspiration, check out the women who were named in the 2016 CNN Heroes top ten.
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