8 Inspiring Female Leaders Who Prove Anything Is Possible
The future is female — and in honor of Women’s History Month, now’s the perfect time to commend the female trailblazers who have broken glass ceilings with their businesses, paving the way for millions more to pursue their dreams.
Join us as we reflect on the phenomenal growth that these female entrepreneurs have experienced, and let that inspire you to chase your own dreams!
From Oprah Winfrey to Rihanna to Whitney Wolfe Herd, read on to discover some of the most inspiring female entrepreneurs of our time:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. A graduate of Columbia Law School, most of Ginsburg’s life was marked by her advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality — working in and out of the courtroom to ensure women received fair treatment.
Appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg spent nearly 30 years as an associate justice, where she ruled on several landmark cases.
Next in line is Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey’s story and upbringing is not only inspirational but also one of the reasons she’s so successful. She went from extreme poverty to becoming a household name. She’s also the first Black woman to own and run a television network.
As one of the most well-respected icons of our time, Winfrey is one of the highest-earning Black female billionaires, landing on the list of the 500 richest people alive.
We can’t discuss female entrepreneurs without mentioning Sara Blakley. The founder of shapewear brand Spanx, Blakley’s brand revolutionized the way women feel about their bodies. Since launching in 2000, she has continued to work to support female-run small businesses.
From selling fax machines to becoming the world’s youngest self-made billionaire in 2012, you can now find Blakley as a guest investor on ABC’s Shark Tank.
An American aviation pioneer and author, Amelia Earhart shattered records by becoming the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. As one of the most celebrated female aviators, Earhart also helped create an organization geared toward female pilots, which later became known as the Ninety-Nines.
Beyond flying, Earhart wrote numerous best-selling books and even debuted a clothing line designed “for the woman who lives actively.”
Another female entrepreneur passionate about women empowerment is Sofia Vergara.
Vergara’s underwear collection, EBY, put the Colombian actress on the map. Plus, a portion of sales are donated to finance female entrepreneurs around the world. In addition to EBY, she launched her own makeup, fragrance, and furniture lines. Talk about diversification!
Some of the best businesses are created by entrepreneurs who discover their passion through a pivot into another industry. We’re referring to singer-songwriter Rihanna (also known as Robyn Rihanna Fenty) who took the beauty industry by storm seemingly overnight with Fenty Beauty. Her $600 million idea launched in 2017, featuring 40 makeup shades that cater to women of color.
Rihanna also co-owns the Savage X Fenty lingerie line, which has experienced major success due to its inclusive sizing. Rihanna is a force to be reckoned with — she is a serial entrepreneur who continues to dominate the music, fashion, and beauty industries.
When you think about a media mogul, Arianna Huffington should be top of mind. Her background in writing coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit led to the birth of the Huffington Post, an online publication she co-founded that has since become one of the public’s primary sources for news. Her tenacious spirit and ambition are what allowed her to gain unprecedented success in a male-dominated industry.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
This list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of Whitney Wolfe Herd, the co-founder and CEO of Bumble.
Bumble, the dating app in which women get to make the first move, was created to provide women with a social platform. Before launching Bumble, Herd was one of the co-founders of Tinder.
Herd was recently named the youngest female billionaire in the world. Her success story of being a young woman in the technology industry and defying the odds is just the type of inspiration women need to feel empowered and take initiative — no matter what obstacles they may face along the way.
You Could Be Next
These eight female leaders have made significant contributions to society, laying the groundwork for other women to follow in their footsteps.
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