There are so many inspirational women, that it’s difficult to narrow it down to only 18! We wanted our selection to reflect on our collective values and interests and so the women we have chosen represent our diverse backgrounds, interests and generations. We would love to hear who inspires you.
The only woman currently serving on the US Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg exercises influence over the laws that govern the United States. Like Justice O’Connor before her, Justice Ginsburg helps make the decisions of the highest court in the US, making her not only one of the most influential, but one of the most powerful women in the world. Her decisions and opinions provide legal precedent for the US now and for generations to come.
Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007)
The first female prime minister of a Muslim country. She helped to move Pakistan from a dictatorship to democracy, becoming Prime Minister in 1988. She sought to implement social reforms, in particular helping women and the poor. She was assassinated in 2007.
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.”
1917 marks the 20th year of her death. The “People’s Princess’ will be forever remembered for her ability to relate to everyone she came in contact with – she was genuinely interested in people from every walk of life. She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and led a nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign to ban landmines.
She was involved with dozens of charities including London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, of which she was president from 1989 until her death.
Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE, is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. She is best know for her work protecting chimpanzees. Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Dr. Jane Goodall’s discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools is considered one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. Her field research has transformed our understanding of chimpanzees and redefined the relationship between humans and animals in ways that continue to emanate around the world.
Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993)
British actress. Influential female actor of the 1950s and 60s. Audrey Hepburn defined feminine glamour and dignity, and was later voted as one of the most beautiful women of the twentieth century. After her acting career ended in the mid 1960s, she devoted the remaining period of her life to humanitarian work with UNICEF.
Angelina Jolie is perhaps most influential in her role as a UN High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador, advocating on behalf of refugees around the world. Angelina is an example of using the influence one has gained through Hollywood to draw attention to the needs of those in less-fortunate circumstances. While others may talk about world issues, Angelina puts rubber to the road. Not only does she directly impact the communities in which she works, but she inspires others to get actively involved as well. Angelina is one of very few famous examples of celebrities practicing what they preach
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