March is Women’s History Month and we are proud to celebrate by acknowledging the contributions of a few women who have made their mark on the world.
International Women’s Day started in 1909 as a way to recognize the achievements of women within their own communities and grew into an international UN sanctioned celebration of women and peace in 1977. Since then, it has blossomed into an entire month to celebrate women and their achievements. To honor this month, we highlight just five of the many incredible women who continue to change the world we live in and inspire us everyday.
She may be best known for book clubs and celebrity interviews, but the impact that Oprah Winfrey has had on the people of America, and around the world, is something to behold. Raised in poverty, Winfrey worked her way up the media ladder (from a part-time job while in high school at her local cable access station, to owning her own network) to be the first African-American billionaire. She has used her position of power to promote humanitarian causes, the arts and women's health issues. Winfrey worked her way from humble beginnings to being described by Time as "arguably the most influential woman in the world".
If you find yourself in late summer/early fall in sneakers running for "the cure", you have Nancy Brinker to thank. Brinker started the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 1982, and today it's the largest breast cancer-related charity in the United States with affiliate organizations in 122 countries world-wide. In addition to her work with the Komen Foundation, she was the Ambassador to Hungary in the early 2000s, and continues to hold the title of Ambassador under the US State Department.
The story of Rowling writing stories to read to her children while she was collecting unemployment in her home of London, England has become the stuff of legend to aspiring writers. Now, the first person to become a billionaire from being a writer, those days are long gone. In addition to authoring the endlessly successful Harry Potter series, Rowling continues to support economic and social justice issues, as well as multiple sclerosis charities worldwide after losing her mother to the disease.
A Pakistani activist living in the UK, Yousafzai has accomplished more in her 18 years than many will in their lifetimes. She is a female education activist, and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. Yousafzai came to global attention in the fall of 2012 when a gunman boarded her school bus, asked for her by name, and shot her in the head. The Taliban strongly opposed Yousafzai's writing for the BBC discussing what it was like to live under their brutal regime and sought to silence her. Instead, Yousafzai’s voice rose to prominence in the fight for women’s education rights, leading her to be named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" three times.
Being a war correspondent isn't for everyone, but Amanpour wouldn't have it any other way. With a grown son and solid home life, this CNN correspondent has seen the worst of the world, from the ground. Amanpour's coverage of the Middle East which began in 1990, cemented her role as one of the best correspondents working today. She want from the Middle East to Bosnia, and from there to other war-torn destinations around the world. Spending less time in the field, Amanpour is now Chief International Correspondent for CNN, and host of CNN's nightly International affairs show, Amanpour.
These women, and women like them, inspire us on our own journeys to aspire to greatness in anything we put our minds to – from motherhood and beyond. We are proud to celebrate women this (and every) month who are everyday heroes to their children and the people in their lives.