If you follow us over on Instagram, you may have seen our Badass Women series featured on our stories. To round out the end of Women's History Month, we thought it would be great to feature some women who inspire us, here on the blog!
Here at Untangle Money, there are so many amazing women around the world, both past and present, who inspire and motivate us. Over on our Instagram, we've featured Maya Angelou, Jacinda Ardern, Lulu Liang, and others. Below, we've picked six women who have had profound impacts on women and girls globally. From a Supreme Court Justice, a supermodel, and CEOs, to a tennis superstar and a international activist (also Duchess). These women are doing the hard work to uphold women's rights and gender equality. They have made it clear that women are unstoppable and our voices are powerful.
Deepica Mutyala is a South-Asian beauty entrepreneur. She is a businesswoman, as well as the founder and CEO of Live Tinted, a multicultural community about beauty and culture. Men and women of all races and backgrounds use makeup on a regular basis; unfortunately, the industry fails to cater for its entire consumer demographic. With that being said, Deepica is breaking down those barriers as she promotes, and advocates for, diversity and representation in the beauty industry.
Deepica has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Vogue, Marie Claire, Refinery29, and many other media outlets. As an on-air beauty expert, a YouTuber, and an activist, Deepica has dedicated all of her efforts by collaborating with various brands on panels and through campaign efforts geared toward minority representation. In 2019, Live Tinted instantly sold out and amassed a 10,000-person waiting list for its first product - a vegan and cruelty free multi-use colour corrector called Huestick.
Ashley Graham is an American model and fashion industry icon. Beyond that, Ashley is an advocate for body positivity and size-diversity in the fashion industry. She is also a motivational speaker for body image and body acceptance. And has participated in humanitarian missions to South Africa with the Themba Foundation. Although many strides have been taken in the beauty and fashion industries in terms of inclusiveness and body positivity, there is still so much more room for improvement. Brands need to keep doing the work - this is where Ashley steps in.
Ashley Graham has helped redefine fashion and beauty industry standards - making sure her fans, and everyone else, know that body objectification is not sexy.
What a women thinks of her own body is the only thing that matters.
At the end of the day, women just want to see themselves represented in the fashion and beauty campaigns that are promoted to us. Ashley continues to be an instrumental force in paving the way for changes in the two industries. While she believes in the concept of a trailblazer, Ashley argues that doesn't mean there's only room for one.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as Notorious RBG, was - and always be - known as a legal, cultural, and feminist icon. On top of being an architect of the legal fight for women's rights in the 1970s, RBG also served 27 years on the United State's highest court. She was the Supreme Court's most prominent member, as well as only the second woman Justice. RBG was no stranger to being one of only a few women among a room full of men. She attended Harvard Law School where she was famously one of only nine women in her class of hundreds.
Justice Ginsburg is an example of a woman who defied stereotypes. While she attended law school, she was a mother and wife. Later in her career, she became even more well known for her famous dissents. Her most passionate dissents coming in women's rights cases. Not only did she change the world for American women, RBG dedicated herself to leading the fight for gender equality in the courts. Although RBG was an American Supreme Court Justice, she inspired generations of women and girls all over the world. In addition to her career highlights and extraordinary life, RBG was the subject of a hit documentary, a biopic, an operetta, merchandise galore featuring her Notorious RBG moniker, a Time magazine cover and regular Saturday Night Live sketches.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is known as an American actress. More than that, she is a feminist icon, an advocate and a game-changer for women's rights and gender equality globally. When she was only 11 years old, Meghan wrote a letter to various notables, including the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, about a TV advertisement that featured a woman being "bogged down by greasy cookware". She deemed the ad to be sexist when her male classmates started yelling that the kitchen is where women belonged, upon seeing the commercial. From an early age, Meghan was well aware of the gender inequality and sexism that existed - and she was ready to fight it.
Meghan Markle has long been involved in humanitarian efforts and charity work on a global level. From volunteering in soup kitchens as a teenager, to advocating for gender equality with the United Nations, raising awareness for the world's most vulnerable children and being an advocate for mental health. Despite being constantly criticized and attacked in the media as of late, Meghan continues her activism and humanitarian work. Beyond being a real life princess, she is a trailblazer and a role model for women and girls all over the world - reminding everyone that authenticity, compassion and standing up for yourself, goes a long way.
Naomi Osaka is a world famous tennis superstar, Naomi was born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father who moved to New York when she was three years old. She started out on pro satellite tours, following the path set by Venus and Serena Williams. Naomi became the world's number one ranked player in women's tennis following her Grand Slam wins at the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open. She was also the first Asian player, male or female, to reach this top ranking. Although Naomi grew up in the United States she holds Japanese citizenship and represents Japan on the court.
Naomi Osaka is also a leading activist in professional tennis. She withdrew from the 2020 Cincinnati Open in order to raise awareness for the shooting of Jacob Blake. In addition, at the 2020 U.S. Open, she wore masks that displayed the names of several African American who were the victims of police brutality, including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Naomi is also a major advocate for gender equality, especially in sports. As a female athlete of colour at the highest level, she is a positive role model for the next generation of young girls entering into sports. Naomi launched the Naomi Osaka Play Academy - an initiative that aims to change girls' lives through play and sport, starting in Tokyo.
Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, which launched in 2016 and is a digital financial advisor for women. She is also the owner and Chair of Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong global professional women's network. Before Ellevest, Sallie built a successful career on Wall Street. She was the CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C. Bernstein. She was also Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup. Prior to that, Sallie was a top-ranked research analyst covering the securities industry.
Sallie is nothing short of a trailblazer and she continues to break down the glass-ceiling for women everywhere. She is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in business. She has been recognized by Inc. as a "Top Female Founder", and called "The Last Honest Analyst" by Fortune magazine. Sallie was named the seventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, was 9th on Fast Company's list of the "100 Most Creative People in Business," and called one of the top 10 up and coming entrepreneurs to watch by Entrepreneur Magazine. She has also landed on Vanity Fair's "The 2018 New Establishment List". Sallie Krawcheck's professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals.
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