A couple of days ago I asked a couple of ladies I admire tremendously who they thought were women really doing good things in the world, who inspired them, and who moved them. I am proud to share their views right here. Happy International Women's Day!
Former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Janet Yellen. As the first female Chair of the Fed, her vast knowledge of economics coupled with her views on monetary policy furthered the nation’s economic recovery and maintained record-low unemployment. I believe Janet Yellen is a prime example of what it means for women to have a seat at the table – literally. In an environment consisting of mostly male economists, she was an expert in her field and their boss.
She just recently ended her term as the Chair, and it was a sad day for all of us at the Board. She inspired so many young women (and men!) to keep pursuing their education, their passions, and their goals. Also – In 2016, Forbes listed has as the third most powerful woman. She’s incredible. And she rocks the popped collar like no other.
This comes as no surprise, considering my recent run-in and overall obsession with her, but Jen Gotch, of Ban.do. She's so uninhabited and unabashed with her growing business, her struggles with anxiety and depression, and her tragic dating life. Which makes her seem like someone you wouldn't admire, right? Wrong. She is incredibly fun. She lives every day to the fullest and I am so jealous of all the fun she creates, even if it's in her own little world. Jen Gotch is important to women because she is is unapologetic, and we need more women like that. (I could go on an on about Jen honestly)
SARAH MCBRIDE! My friend and honestly, the only person I'll inevitably quit my job for, to work for her campaign. I knew Sarah when she was Tim,back when we were both in Women's Initiative together at American, and even then, I remember admiring her for being such an amazing feminist. Sarah's resume speaks for itself, and if that's not enough, her good pal, Joe Biden (casual) will always be there, singing her (well deserved) praises. Sarah inspires me and everyone she knows to be their most authentic self. Every day Sarah saves trans lives by fighting this administration, and the ignorance and hate in the world, with the most calm and understanding disposition. Sarah Sarah Sarah! She's the best. And she just wrote an incredible book that was just released yesterday! Get your copy!
Laura Z. of Bodnar
Reese Witherspoon has been such a catalyst for women in Hollywood which by nature of the industry influences our culture and society. I love that she decided to start her own production company Standard Pacific to tell women’s stories and create films that feature women as the central characters, not just “the hot girlfriend”, “the trophy wife”, “the girl next door”, etc. Not only is she giving voice to women by putting their lives at the center of the storyline but she’s creating scripts that include more female roles— which not only changes the dynamic between women from being pitted against each other for a few spots but provides more job opportunities and more money for women.
I also admire Lauren Conrad who is changing women’s lives on a global scale. Her company, The Little Market, has been creating jobs and employing women in all parts of the world to provide opportunities for women to be self-sufficient. This is so important as we’ve seen how the patriarchal power dynamic and desperation of women needing work and pay has allowed for workplace abuses to occur in Hollywood and beyond.
Kori H.W. of 'Chups
Emma Gonzalez from Parkland, FL who is fronting the gun reform movement after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. She is a goddamn force.
Nikki Rappaport of Cava Grill. I feel like she's really the driving force behind building that brand, which is crushing it, and doesn't always get the recognition for it.
Jessica Sidman and Laura Hayes, DC food writers. I LOVE their content. Some might argue food content isn't groundbreaking or serious but I feel like they take such a journalistic approach and cover some really important sociological stories, like the prevalence of DC food deserts, etc. While also leaving room for fun and fluff, too. I think DC is really lucky to have them.
My Personal Picks
Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens. I can't even begin to explain how in love I am with this magical unicorn. Not only is she like super duper smart but she is giving others a platform to stand on that did not exist both through her 2 Dope Queens world but also through her work on Sooo Many White Guys.
Rupi Kaur. Wether you like Rupi or not she is doing something amazing....she's making people fall in love with raw, honest, brutal poetry. Her words pierce your soul and spark a little bit of a fire.
Gina Rodriguez. As a Latina trying to do things in the world I really admire Gina. She is honest and envelope pushing. She asks questions and highlights those without voices who deserve to be recognized. I'm happy to see her star shine big and brighter each day that goes by.
Wandering Wellness. Joanna of W.W. is one of my closest friends. I love her dearly and the message she is putting out in the world. I see this lady work so hard and it shows and comes out to inspire everyone she works with to lead a happy and meaningful life.