Happy International Women’s Day! While we believe in celebrating women every day, we think it’s nice to take a little extra time to celebrate the women in your life today. Whether that’s your friends, your sisters, your moms, your wives, or the idols you’ve looked up to since you were a little girl show them all some extra love today! In honor of International Women’s Day we are taking the time to celebrate some of our idols. Check it out!
1. Jeanette Johnson of J’s Every Day Fashion
One of our all time favorite influencers, J has managed to maintain an authentic voice in an oversaturated industry. Known for putting together creative budget friendly outfits, we have always admired her sense of fun when it comes to fashion. But perhaps what we love most is her mission to encourage people to embrace the “audacity to enjoy yourself.” From putting together the best rainbow inspired outfits to writing beautiful poetry, she is walking the walk and providing inspiration- fashion and otherwise- to us all.
All hail the Queen! Beyoncé needs no introduction. Besides being one of the most decorated recording artists of all time, she is an entrepreneur, mother, and bootylicious fashion icon. She has proved time and again that “girls run the world” and has reminded girls every that “you are not bossy. You’re the boss.”
3. Gloria Steinem
The mother of the modern feminist movement once said “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” To which we say AMEN. The world would be a very different place today if not for the trailblazing efforts of Steinem in the 60s. She showed the world that a modern feminist could embrace her femininity while still demanding equality for all and that is something we admire to this day. No women should have to hide part of her identity to make change. Every woman deserves to be whole and world needs your wholeness.
4. Serena Williams
The GOAT, Serena Williams dominates on and off the courts. Holding the most Grand Slam titles of any active player, she is a tennis icon who continues to push boundaries. Beyond her athletic accomplishments Serena is a fearless advocate for herself and has taught us all how important it is to stand up for yourself. From calling out sexism on tennis courts to demanding treatment during childbirth that saved her life, she shows us that only you know what is best for yourself and you should demand it unapologetically.
5. Lyn Slater of Accidental Icon
Lyn never set out to be an influencer. In fact, that’s probably not how she would define herself anyways. Holding a master’s in criminal justice and a Ph.D. in social welfare, Lyn has spent the majority of her career working with women and girls in areas of trauma- work she continues to this day. A professor at Fordham University in New York, Lyn has always had an adventurous sense of style and believes in “not just consuming garments, but living life in them and dressing honestly.” Oh and her age is the least interesting thing about her! Lyn is “Open to serendipity, she can let go and follow where chance leads her. A huge fan of accidental occurrences’ and making something of them, she believes in fate (like a professor becoming a fashion icon).” And she invites women to “share with me the pleasures and passions of everyday life and living.”
6. Malala Yousafzai
If you haven’t already read I am Malala add it to you must read list stat! Malala Yousafzai is an activist for female education around the world. Her non-profit The Malala Fund works to support local educators and education activists in areas where girls are most likely to be removed from the education system. By empowering these local educators, she hopes to see all girls in secondary school within her lifetime. After surviving an assassination attempt at only 15 she has gone on to meet countless heads of state to advocate for girl’s education and become the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
This is just a small sample of the amazing woman that inspire us every day. We’d love to hear who inspires you in the comments below.
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