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Women who empower women on International Women’s Day

It is International Women’s Day! Todays marks a day that all ladies should be proud of. A day that helps remind women that they are acknowledged and represented. It is a focal point in the women’s rights movement. There are some women who motivate and inspire other women everyday that should be highlighted. Here is a list of women who empower women.

1. Michelle Obama

The former First Lady started her own initiative for young girls called “Let Girls Learn” in March 2015. The idea was help educate the 62 million girls in the world who are not in school. She wrote an essay for The Atlantic in 2016 where she said, “I see myself in these girls, I see my daughters in these girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them. And I plan to keep raising my voice on their behalf for the rest of my life…” In addition to this she gave many speeches throughout her 8 years as First Lady, inspiring women to stand up for themselves, their fellow women and justice for all women.

"Let Girls Learn" was a campaign started by Michelle Obama in March 2015. She started this as a way to bring to light the 62 million girl who are not going to school. Photo credit:

2. Emma Watson

Emma Watson has been an outspoken Feminist for sometime now, back in 2014 she launched a gender equality campaign called HeForShe, which is campaign calling for men and boys to advocates for gender equality. She introduced this initiative at the UN Headquarters. She famously said, “If you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist.” In 2016 she gave another speech at the UN General Assembly about tackling sexual violence in universities saying it is a right, not a privilege for women, minorities, and anyone who may feel vulnerable to feel safe at their universities.

Emma Watson during the speech she delivered on gender equality at the UN Headquarters. Her campaign for HeForShe was introduced here. Photo credit: Vanity Fair

3. Tina Fey

Tina Fey’s feminism is a different kind of feminism because she uses comedy as a way to bring to light all the troubles and inequality women are facing. She once came to the defense of some people saying bossy women are “ bitches” Tine Fay famously, said, “Bitches get stuff done.”

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are women who speak on feminism through their comedic work. They use comedy as a way to talk about the real issues women face. Photo credit:

4. Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is another comedian who brings to light the inequalities women face through comedy. She is best friends with Tina Fey and both women have done numerous speeches and comedy sketch’s about feminism. Amy Poehler has given numerous interviews and speeches where she stands up for women and feminism, even her character on “Parks and Rec” Leslie Knope was a outspoken feminist determined to become the first women President one day.

Beyonce Feminist
Beyonce performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
She also displays this every time she performs "Flawless" Photo credit: Getty Images

5. Beyonce

Probably one of the most famous feminists out there is the Queen B, Beyonce. She released the song “Flawless” in 2013 where she says tell ladies that they are flawless and to love themselves because no matter what they are flawless. She includes an excerpt from critically acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The excerpt came from her lecture at “TedxEuston”. During her tour she displayed the word FEMINIST on the screens.