While it seems like the gender gap is still vast, change is happening, and not just in the conventional corridors of power. In fact, the nature of power in itself is changing,becoming less top-down, less institutional and less predictable. There are plenty of women out there who are challenging what it means to be a woman and changing the world around them for the better. Let’s celebrate eleven powerful women who are helping to shape our futures.
Emma Watson, UK
Most people know Emma Watson as Hermoine Granger, despite her other roles. Emma knows that even though she has a career in acting, she understands that it is important to have a variety of skill sets, just like any budding entrepreneur. Emma also uses her strengths to influence others. HeForShe is a solidarity campaign that Emma is involved with which was created to increase the advancement of women. It was initiated by UN Women and its sole goal was to engage men and boys as representatives of change; by encouraging them to fight against the negative inequalities that target women and girls. Emma was made a UN Goodwill Ambassador which allows her to use her influence to encourage men to support gender equality.
Catherine McGrath, Australia
Catherine McGrath is a political trailblazer who graced our screens as a political correspondent for SBS, before starting her own communications company Catherine McGrath Media. She campaigns to help increase the voice of women in the community speaking about important issues. She began a women’s workshop called Women Speaking, which has been hugely successful touring around Australian helping women’s harness their communication and speaking skills.
Michelle Obama captivated audiences everywhere from the moment she stepped into the public eye. From her iconic fashion looks to her contagious positivity, the former First Lady has inspired us to prioritize self-care, use our voices for change, and be ourselves — unapologetically. She recently sat down with new royal Meghan Markle to for some woman-to-woman words of wisdom, and she does the same for those close to her. “Like I tell my daughters, women and girls can do whatever they want,” Michelle said. “There’s no limit to what we as women can accomplish.”