I love to see so many of our cover girls stating that “Mom” is the person they look up to. While Mom is hardworking, strong, smart, caring and supportive, I thought I would collect a few other amazing influential women role models for you ladies to admire along with Mom. And as you’ll see from this list, women can do some amazing things and with hard work can be anything they want.
Angela Merkel, World Leader
Angela has been the Chancellor of Germany since Nov. 22, 2005. Angela Merkel is considered by Time Magazine to be the most influential female politician in the world. She is the leader of the country in Europe that has the most people and the most powerful economy.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice
Ruth graduated from Cornell University and attended Harvard Law School, where she served as the first female member of the Harvard Law Review and after transferring, graduated first in her class at Columbia Law. After much discrimination because she was a women, she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 and is the second woman to join the Supreme Court in its 226-year history. Before becoming a judge, Ruth advocated for the advancement of women’s rights and was a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. As one of 3 female Supreme Court Judges, she continues to fight for women’s rights.
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Michelle Obama – First African American First Lady
Michelle Obama is a lawyer, writer, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Michelle graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She was a lawyer in the Chicago public service sector before becoming the first lady. Michelle was recognized as one of “25 of the World’s Most Inspiring Women” by Essence magazine. As first lady, she focused her attention on current social issues, such as poverty, healthy living and education. Michelle and her husband volunteered at homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the Washington D.C. area. Michelle also has made appearances at public schools, stressing the importance of education and volunteer work. Michelle has worked to fight childhood obesity and promote childhood health by supporting the organic-food movement and fitness programs for kids. Michelle authored the book “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America”.
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Sheryl Sandberg – Business Woman, COO Facebook
Sheryl is a Harvard Graduate and the author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” and the current Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook. She founded, Lean In, a nonprofit charity that supports women in the workplace and women’s empowerment groups. Sheryl currently sits on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, Center for Global Development, V-Day, and SurveyMonkey.
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Malala Yousafzai – Advocate for children’s education
Malala is a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors. In 2011, she received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. In 2014 Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize and used her entire prize money to build secondary schools for girls in Pakistan.
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Serena Williams – Athlete
Serena is the #1 ranked female tennis player in the World by the World Tennis Association (WTO). She recently won her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, giving her the record for the most Major wins by any tennis player. She also holds an all-time record for the most singles matches won at the Grand Slams (man or woman) with 316 matches. Serena has won 72 tennis singles titles along with 23 doubles titles (14 of them with her sister Venus). Serena has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles; an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus. Some call her the greatest female tennis player of all time. Serena was the highest paid female athlete in 2016 and has devoted a lot of time and money to charity, including opening two Serena Williams Secondary Schools in Kenya.
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Joanne Kathleen Rowling (JK Rowling), Writer
JK Rowling is most widely known as the author of the Harry Potter series of books, which have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and won many awards, including British Book Awards’ Children’s Book of the Year. She is the first person in the world to become a billionaire from writing books. She wrote her first book at the age of six and her first novel at eleven years old. Joanne published the Harry Potter series under the name JK Rowling because her publisher thought a book written by a female author might not appeal to the target audience of young boys. Rowling has started and contributed to charitable organizations to fight poverty and social inequality throughout the world.
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Megan Grassell – Entrepreneur
Megan is the young founder and CEO of Yellowberry, a bra company for young girls. Megan explains it best when she recounts her entrepreneurial inspiration; “I was 17-years-old when I took my younger sister shopping to buy her very first bras. We scoured the mall to find a product that she was excited about, but I ended up being completely appalled at all of the bra options that were not only available for my little sister, but also marketed to her and girls her age. Padding, push-up features and underwire galore… I could not believe that these were the bras that girls were supposed to wear!
I saw something wrong with that entire experience. In fact, it was a day that I could not stop thinking about. Why wasn’t there just a cute, colorful and comfortable bra for Mary Margaret to fit her and her body, not the body that she was “supposed” to have? The answer was that there simply wasn’t one.
That is when I realized that if no one else was going to make bras specifically for girls, then I was going to find a way to do it myself.”
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Lucianne Walkowicz, Astronomer
Stellar astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz works with data from NASA, studying stars that host planets outside our solar system, to determine if life is possible on those worlds.
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Nivatha Balendra, Inventor/Scientist
Nivanth, an 18-year-old scientist discovered a way to clean up oil spills using dirt from her backyard. She has been researching if bacteria in the soil near her house has the ability to absorb oil. Her cutting-edge research could help lead to a more environmentally-friendly solution to cleaning up oil spills. Nivatha has also recently founded the International Young Scientists Mentorship Program, a non-profit organization, that provides youth with opportunities to get involve in science and research.
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Write in the comments about which of these great ladies is your new role model.