4 Influential Women You Should Know

Michelle Obama 

Michelle Obama served as the 44th First Lady of the United States. As First Lady, she focused on social issues such as healthy lifestyles, especially in children. She also focused on helping working women live a balanced lifestyle. The issues she addressed were contemporary and relatable to most American women. In her time as the first lady, she was often seen volunteering at local homeless shelters. She also supported the organic-food movement, and made changes to the White House kitchen, in terms of being more sustainable. In 2012, she announced her Let's Move initiative, which was a fitness program that supported healthy living in schools across the country.  Obama was also known for her fashion sense. She was featured on the Vanity Fair Best Dressed list in 2008. Obama is known as an influential role model for women and girls nation-wide.

"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." - Michelle Obama

Malala Yousafzai 

Malala is known as one of the youngest most influential women of time. If you don’t know the entirety of her story, you can read about it here. In short, at just 15 years old, Malala went against the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that women should be able to receive an education. She was shot in the head and survived. In 2014, she received the Nobel Peace Prize. Today, Malala is an activist, specifically advocating for women's rights. 

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala

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Emma Gonzalez

Emma Gonzalez is a 20-year-old survivor from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Shooting in 2018. Since the shooting, she has built up quite the following on social media and has traveled the country giving inspirational speeches about creating strict gun control laws. She has also spoken to state legislators and also spoke out on CNN's Town Hall

“We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we're going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting. Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law.” 

-Emma Gonzalez

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham has paved the way for empowering women by being an influential plus-sized model. She is known for pictures on her Instagram embracing her curves and stretch marks. It is refreshing to see a model that is not working for Victoria's Secret who is known as what a "traditional" model should look like.   Graham is a proponent of the Body Positivity Movement, helping young girls realize that their body is perfect just the way it is. 

“Don’t fall into the trap of sacrificing your self-esteem for affection and acceptance. No matter what your size, you are a sexy goddess. Remember that.” ― Ashley Graham

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