2016 saw many powerful women stand together to bring on change, and after already doing a feature of some of the influential women of today, I realised that there are way too many amazing women to choose from. So, I’d like to present you with, The Most Influential Women of 2016 (Part two).
Hillary Clinton made history this year by becoming the first female runner-up for the President of the United States. Though falling short at the last hurdle, Clinton made some great change to closing the gender gap in America. Clinton campaigned for women’s right across America, promising a better life for the women of tomorrow. In her wake of her defeat, Clinton spoke out to the young girls following the campaign, reminding them that they have the power to be anything they want, even the President of the United States.
Ellen DeGeneres has been an influential figure ever since she danced her way onto the TV screens and into our hearts. Being a strong advocate for women’s rights, gay rights and most importantly, kindness, DeGeneres will forever be a powerful role model for people everywhere. This year, DeGeneres was awarded the Presidential Medal for Freedom by President Barack Obama, for her work of spreading kindness and laughter. This awarded is considered as America’s highest civilian honour, and it’s no wonder why Ellen was the obvious choice.
Teen actress, Shailene Woodley has become known as a strong supporter of the rights of minority groups, such as Native Americans, and also the welfare of the planet since her videoed arrest for criminal trespassing which was then posted and became a viral live video on the internet. Woodley was protesting against the building of a new pipeline of water which would eventually become contaminated with fossil fuel oil, resulting in millions losing a supply of clean drinking water. This fight is still ongoing today, and Woodley is still a huge part of it. Her passion and dedication is truly a huge inspiration, and from such a young age too!
Malala Yousafzai has been a huge inspiration to women across the world her entire life. Since a young age, Yousafzai has been an advocate for women’s right to an education in Pakistan. From her difficult back round, from being shot and targeted by the Taliban in 2012 for her demand for change, Yousafzai went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her continuous work for young girls living in Pakistan. Yousafzai has been an influential women her entire life, and I’ve no doubt she will continue to be in 2017.
All these women have helped shape 2016 for the better, and if this is just the beginning, I can’t wait to see what lies ahead in 2017…
PS If you haven’t checked out The Most Influential Women of 2016 (Part One) already, you can find it here!