March isn’t just about St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Break, it’s also about women. March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate, here’s a list of just some of the most empowering and beautiful women who are making a change in the world today! #GirlPower
1. Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton is so much more than a former First Lady; she also held positions as a New York State Senator and the former US Secretary of State. Will she be the first female president come 2016?
2. Malala Yousafzai
At 17, Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize ever. She was shot in the head by the Taliban on her school bus, but that hasn’t stopped her from fighting for equal education rights for girls in Pakistan.
3. Ellen Degeneres
On her talk show, Ellen Degeneres makes us laugh, dance, and smile by giving back to those less fortunate, showing her audience what it truly means to “be kind to one another.”
4. Amy Poehler
Not only is Amy one of the funniest women in Hollywood, but she also created Smart Girls at the Party, a web series and blog that focuses on inspiring women and feminism
5. Emma Watson
Emma is the perfect example of beauty and brains. Her #HeForShe initiative has brought attention to feminism worldwide. She also graduated from Brown University in 2014, and became a UN Global Goodwill Ambassador.
6. Shonda Rhimes
You may not recognize her, but Shonda Rhimes is the reason you revolve your Thursday nights around television, as she created the hit shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
7. Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge is using her royal status to bring attention to mental health stigma by recording a PSA for Place2Be, an organization dedicated to help young children and teens fight mental illnesses.
8. Demi Lovato
Demi founded the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program, which helps young adults battling mental illnesses get the treatment they need. She also speaks out about the dangers of addiction and eating disorders.
9 and 10. Molly Mae Thompson and Lauren Paul
Together, Molly and Lauren founded the Kind Campaign, a non-profit organization that brings awareness to girl-on-girl bullying by talking to young girls at schools across the country and challenging them to “Give Kind.”
11. Amal Clooney
Amal is a human rights lawyer who was one of the three appointed by the United Nations to look into the Israel-Gaza Strip Conflict.
12. Lena Dunham
Lena is credited as the creator, director, producer, writer, and star of the HBO series Girls, which has resulted in multiple award nominations and wins.
13. Oprah Winfrey
Because you can’t write an article about inspiring women without including Oprah.