Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! Today is also A Day Without a Woman, a general strike organized by the same people responsible for the Women’s March. In honor of March being Women’s History Month and to keep the positive energy going, I’m sharing a list of girl bosses who’ve inspired me. Whether they’re artists or entrepreneurs, they’ve used their platform for a good cause and have empowered me (and other women). These girl bosses are very admirable women and I aspire to some day make an impact like they did. Keep reading to learn more about the girl bosses who’ve inspired me to become the woman I am today!
3 Girl Bosses Who’ve Inspired Me
While most girls grew up idolizing Marilyn Monroe, I admired Audrey Hepburn. She’s most known for her roles in classic films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday. A lesser known fact about Audrey is that she dedicated the later years of her life to humanitarian work. In fact, she was an ambassador for the nonprofit organization, UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), which aids women and children in developing countries. Now that I think about it, Audrey is the very reason why I’ve always wanted to volunteer abroad and work with a nonprofit organization.
Sophia Amoruso is most recognized as the face of Nasty Gal and the author of #GIRLBOSS. But did you know Nasty Gal all started with Sophia selling vintage clothing on eBay? The success of Nasty Gal earned Sophia a spot on Forbes’ list of America’s richest self-made women last year. Unfortunately, Nasty Gal recently filed for bankruptcy but that isn’t the end of Sophia’s endeavors. She’s been putting more of her efforts towards Girlboss, the site that stemmed from her debut book with the same name. She recently organized the inaugural Girlboss Rally in LA and in April, Netflix will be streaming the original comedy series, Girlboss. Sophia is just getting started and she has inspired me to be my own boss.
Bethany Cosentino is the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of one of my favorite bands, Best Coast. If you haven’t listened to Best Coast yet, please check them out. I like to describe their music as California, lo-fi, surfer rock because it gives me those vibes. But Bethany is more than her music. She did an interview with the Daily Show and talked about sexism in the music industry and across the board. If you follow her on Twitter, you’ll learn that she loves Drake, despises Trump, and is a strong advocate for Planned Parenthood, among other things. She’s so passionate about Planned Parenthood and women’s fundamental rights, she recently organized a benefit concert where all proceeds went to Planned Parenthood and I was lucky to be in attendance. Plus, she brought notable female musicians like Veruca Salt and Liz Phair on stage. Talk about nostalgia — I grew up with 90s music and angsty women like Veruca Salt, Liz Phair, Garbage, and Alanis Morissette! I absolutely admire Bethany for using her platform for a good cause. She has a voice and she uses it. She fights for the rights of all women and I feel like we could learn a thing or two from Bethany.
Which girl bosses have inspired you?
Let me know in the comments! Don’t forget to keep the momentum going. I’ve felt so passionately empowered and inspired today. We should feel this every day. You are all capable of so much more. Shine on, beautiful people.