Here are 10 empowering women to admire as role models

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There is no shortage of women to admire, to aspire to be like, and to recognize as key figures in the empowerment of women. This empowerment occurs in various sectors; political, sport, entertainment, news, and general activism. 

The presence and proliferation of their success is integral to inspiring the same success in others, and encouraging them to take flight. These women are vital in the goal of showing little girls, and women, that they have the chance to shatter the glass ceiling. 

In no specific order, below is a list of women who shine through. They are ten of the many who are deserving of praise and recognition as amazing role models. 

1. Michelle Obama

The former first lady of the United States was the first woman of colour in the role. She is a lawyer, writer and staunch advocate for young people, especially young girls. In 2015, alongside President Obama, she established Let Girls Learn; a U.S. government enterprise which sought to help girls all around the world to be able to focus on education

2. Hillary Clinton

Another former first lady, Hillary Clinton is the first American first lady who gained a public seat when she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001. She was the first woman in American history who became a presidential nominee for one of the biggest political parties.

3. Kamala Harris 

Kamala Harris will be the vice president of the United States if the Democrats win the election. She is the first Black and Indian American woman to represent California in the senate and believes in giving everyone in America the chance for success – irrespective of gender, race, or sexual orientation. 

4. Emiliana Guereca

She was the organizer of the Women’s March 2016 and founded the Women’s March Foundation and Women’s March Action which are political arms of the Women’s March. She was essential in the election of Kamala Harris as the vice president Democratic nominee. 

5.  Oprah Winfrey

She is one of the most well-known American talk show hosts and is known for her philanthropic endeavours, as well as her success as a television producer, a media executive, and an actress. She has served as an inspiration for women, and especially women of color, that an empire can be built by a woman who has the determination to do so, and despite many setbacks.

6. Beyoncé

Popularly known as Queen B, the singer-songwriter has amassed fans to an astonishing degree. She has been a known Democratic supporter who believed in Clinton’s presidential campaign,.and advocates the importance of little girls growing up seeing a woman in a position of power and knowing that they could also rise to unimaginable heights. 

7. Serena Williams 

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who has won 23 Grand Slam single titles and is the former No. 1 in women’s single tennis. She is a fervent activist when it comes to gender inequality and black lives matter, and often uses her social media accounts to highlight the issues that need to be confronted. 

8. Christiane Amanpour

The British-Iranian journalist and television host is legendary in her field and the Chief International Anchor for CNN. She believes that there are some situations where being neutral simply isn’t an option, because staying neutral only strengthens the position of the oppressor. 

9.  Malala Yousafzai

Malala is a 23-year-old Pakistani activist for women education, and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She has established the Malala Fund; a charity which aims to give every girl an opportunity to do whatever she chooses, and a better chance at succeeding in what she decides upon.

10. Emma Watson

The young actress is a prominent feminist who, in 2014, was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill ambassador. In her speech launching the UN Women campaign HeForShe, she highlighted that it is essential that more men also promote gender equality. 

Why these women are important

They are examples of women who have succeeded in a world which too often has tried to stop them from prospering and taking their place in positions of power. They are examples of what we all can achieve.