She may be the Queen but Beyoncé is not the only girl who runs the world. There are other women who are running the world, across a range of sectors who may not be as well known but are every bit as fierce. Don’t believe it? Check out these kick-ass examples. Some are genuinely starting a movement, others are just shining examples of breaking down the patriarchal barriers in their respective fields. And all of them are awesome!
1. Malala Yousafzai
The word ‘inspiring’ was created for people like Malala. In case you didn’t know, she’s the face of female activism in Pakistan, but she campaigns for equal rights for women and girls all over the the world. She’s also the youngest ever person to receive the Nobel Prize. At age 15, she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to be educated. Now, at 18, she’s made a full recovery, lives in the UK, and never gives up on what she believes in.
2. Laura Bates
Laura Bates is at the forefront of The Everyday Sexism project, which highlights the unfairness of misogyny in women’s everyday lives. She aims to bring gender equality about in a way that is transparent, by highlighting real cases to demonstrate just how undeniable injustice still is in today’s society. Ranging from ‘minor’ instances to the downright shocking, Laura helps expose things which are otherwise swept under the rug and lead people to be accused of ‘complaining’ or ‘overreacting’. Hopefully highlighting these all too common occurrences might help bring an end to everyday sexism.
3. Victoria Coren Mitchell
Gaming is an industry where women have been famously unwelcome in the past but, thankfully, in our modern era things seem to be changing. Whilst the console gaming industry still deals with plenty of issues, the online gaming world is more progressive and inclusive. Victoria Coren Mitchell is one such example of a woman leading the way. Not only is she a champ poker player, she’s also an award winning writer and presenter…in other words, a bit of a Superwoman. Victoria was the first woman ever to win an evet at the European Poker Tour and has recently been inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. She has paved the way for women in the sport and, unlike in other sports, it’s easy for women to start off anonymously to build their confidence, for example, playing blackjack online can be practiced easily in the privacy of your own home
4. Emma Watson
You might know her as Hermione Granger, but this actress has become so much more than that. In recent years, Emma has, somewhat by accident, become one of the most prominent faces of feminism, and has even worked with our Number 1, Malala. She is also the face behind the #HeForShe campaign as part of her ongoing role as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Basically, she invites men to help end gender inequality by calling out injustices and vowing not to be responsible for making the divide worse, making the conversation one for everyone, not just women – just as it should be!
5. Laura Jane Grace
Laura Jane Grace fronts punk band Against Me! and, whilst it’s not obviously heroic to simply be yourself, she’s been a huge inspiration for many. Laura came out as transgender in 2012, openly showing the music community that, ultimately, your gender is whatever you identify with. There’s nothing more punk than standing up for what you believe in and the right to be yourself. Laura actively speaks out for trans rights and political issues.
These 5 women are all so different but are each driven by their beliefs and their passion for equality. Whatever you stand for, we can all learn to be that bit braver, and shout that bit louder from these inspiring examples.
What women would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments!