On this International Women’s Day, we wanted to honor the inspiring women who have sparked real change for the better in this last turbulent year.
Of course, we cannot possibly name all of the women whom we so deeply admire, but wanted to share the names of some who are leading by example (in no particular order).
For showing that true influence can happen at any age, as a brilliant scientist and TIME’s first-ever Kid of the Year at just 15 years old.
For amplifying the voices of young Undocumented Americans, as a leading force in the fight for immigrants’ rights.
For bringing disability rights to the forefront in the media and cultural landscape, and showing us how to be better allies.
For her powerful work at the intersection of LGBTQ politics and racial injustice, as the first Black, openly transgender woman to be elected to public office in the US.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
for exhibiting constant fearlessness, taking a stand against establishment politicians, and always proving the power of grassroots organizing.
For her bravery in standing for justice as a former political prisoner and Saudi women’s rights activist.
For using her platform to empower activists to fight against our Climate Crisis.
For working tirelessly to advocate for and protect our voting rights.
Kathrin U Jansen
For leading the research and development to make COVID-19 vaccinations a reality.
For inspiring little girls everywhere, and championing anti-racist activism both on and off the court.
For making history as the first woman of color to lead in the White House.
For protecting all women by changing the way we report and discuss sexual assault with her innovative platform Callisto.
For showing us that fighting COVID-19, tackling climate change, and reforming social justice can be prioritized simultaneously, as the Prime Minister of Finland.
For capturing our minds and our hearts with the elegance of her words, as the youngest inaugural poet in US history.
For proving to us that sustainability can exist in the fashion industry, as a pioneer of the sustainable fashion movement in Asia.
For refreshing the fashion media landscape, as the first-ever Black editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar.
Because we will still #SayHerName until this innocent medical worker gets the justice she deserves.