Women have come a long way since our days of being subordinates to the men in our lives. We now have certain freedoms that the women of yesterday wouldn’t have even dared to dream of having. With that in mind, the idea of a female role model has changed. Whereas back in the day the most admirable women were the ones who had snagged an accomplished man and had a house full of children to raise. The women we admire in today’s society are the ones who can manage to have it all.
Born Michelle Robinson in Chicago, our First Lady has come a long way and lived quite a successful life. She boasts degrees from two of the country’s top Ivy League schools (Princeton and Harvard), was the assistant commissioner of planning and development for Chicago’s City Hall, and was the founding executive director for the Chicago chapter of Public Allies. She was also the Associate Dean of Student Services for the University of Chicago. And those are just her accomplishments before she took up residence in the White House! Since becoming the First Lady, Mrs. Obama has launched two separate campaigns. The first, Let’s Move! , is geared towards ending childhood obesity. The second, Joining Forces, which she launched with Dr. Jill Biden, is committed to gaining support, opportunities and resources for service members and their families.
In addition to her public assistance work, let’s not forget that Mrs. Obama is also a mother, and a wife. While she’s out doing her part to improve the world, she’s also raising her family, and supporting arguably the most powerful man in the country. For that, Mrs. Obama has earned herself a well-deserved spot on our most influential women list.
She’s beautiful, talented, and has one of the most illustrious careers anyone has ever seen. It’s no wonder everyone wants to be Beyoncé. Born in Houston, Texas back in 1981, Beyoncé always knew she was destined for stardom. And in order to achieve it, she has worked her butt off. We were first introduced to her as the lead singer of one of the most successful girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child. From there, Beyoncé has managed to be successful with her own solo career, movies, a fashion and perfume line and a production company. The girl even owns her own cosmetology school in New York!
At this point, there seems to be nothing the girl can’t accomplish.
Recently though, people are not admiring her career as much as they are admiring her personal life. She’s been married for four years to popular rapper Jay-Z, and gave birth to her first child, Blue Ivy, back in January. On Twitter a popular tweet that has appeared on my timeline at least a dozen times, makes mention of the fact that Beyoncé dated, married, and THEN had a baby.
What more can be said? The girl is living the dream.
Her little “monsters” as she calls her fans, admire her for her honesty and uniqueness. She’s truly one of a kind; an original amongst the sea of copycat pop singers we’re all so familiar with seeing. She’s also extremely successful. Gaga already has five Grammy awards, and two Guinness world records, and makes headlines every day. Besides the wacky costumes and controversial lyrics/videos, Lady Gaga also makes headlines for the amount of charity work that she does, and her willingness to speak so candidly about issues that most would consider to be taboo.
Just recently Lady Gaga created her own foundation, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on empowering youth and tackling issues such as acceptance, anti-bullying, career development and self-confidence. She’s also supported various other non-profit and charitable organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Artists for Peace and Justice, It Gets Better Project and the Lupus Foundation of America. In addition, she is one of the biggest supporters of gay rights in the industry and she has spoken out on the subject numerous times. Lady Gaga is influential because she makes charity work cool and important to the legions of fans that follow her every move.
This list wouldn’t be complete if the queen of the world wasn’t on it. Honestly, what accomplishment doesn’t Oprah boast? She had a wildly successful talk show that lasted 25 years, a magazine, a school in Africa, a successful production company, and her very own cable network! Now how many other people can say that?
The most amazing thing is that Oprah started with virtually nothing. She grew up in poverty, and was a victim of sexual violence, a topic she has been very open about. The odds were stacked against her and in reality; Oprah’s life should have taken a very different turn. Yet here she is, one of the most powerful women in the world, influencing women everywhere to rise above their obstacles.
Ok let’s be honest: a few years ago, Angelina Jolie would have been the last person anyone would put on a list such as this. She was involved in weird scandal after weird scandal such as making out with her brother on the red carpet, and wearing a vial of her then-husband’s blood around her neck. And she became the most hated woman in America when she got involved with the then married Brad Pitt. But perhaps what makes Jolie so admirable, and therefore influential, is the fact that she proved a leopard can change its spots. She’s definitely cleaned up her act, and she seems to have a lot going for her.
She’s recently engaged, has a brood of children who seem to adore her, and she’s socially conscious. Jolie is a Goodwill Ambassador, and has traveled to places such as Syria to meet with refugees, and to help them.
Not bad for America’s once most hated woman.
After talking to a variety of different women on campus, the number one most influential woman was their moms. Moms are usually the first woman that any girl looks up to because she’s there day in and day out, being supportive, loving and doing her best to guide us in the right direction. Our moms may not be perfect but they do the best that they can, and for that we admire them.
So there you have it, the top 6 most influential women in the world. Whether it’s through their personal lives, careers, styles, or personality traits, these women are showing us just how to be successful women in a world full of men. These women, just through living their own lives and pursuing their own dreams, are encouraging women everywhere to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable for a woman, and to create our own success. And for that, we couldn’t be more grateful.