What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 than with some inspirational girl power! This special HANX-selected list of women is sure to give you the motivation you need to #takecontrol.
British actress, model, and activist, Watson skyrocketed to fame when she was only a child, and has been breaking barriers since. She was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe. Watson’s call for men to advocate gender equality was eloquently expressed in her 2014 speech, opening the door to a new way of thinking for gender inequality, which affects both men and women.
Alongside being an equal rights activist, she is an advocate for OMGYes, the movement that is improving women’s sexual pleasure. Despite controversy over her recent Vanity Fair photoshoot, we are still totally behind Emma, she is the kind of role model we need.
Malala Yousafzai, Woman and Child’s activist, is proof that nobody is too young to make a difference. Born in 1997 Pakistan, Malala showed a strong passion for equal educational rights, conducting talks and blogging openly about living under the Taliban. Her brave activism was not left unnoticed. In 2012, the Taliban set out to kill Yousafazi on her way home from school, with an armed man hijacked her school bus, shot Malala in the left side of her head and left her with brain damage. After multiple surgeries, Yousafazi miraculously attended school again, and the following year aged just 17, was the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
One of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses and often seen as one of the world’s most beautiful women, Angelina has also been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry. She absolutely uses this power admirably. Jolie is a vocal advocate for human rights and Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Alongside this, she promotes conservation, education, and women's rights, and has been recognised with a Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood, amongst others.
Angelina has been open about having a defective gene predisposing her to cancers, and had a preventative mastectomy as well as having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce her high risk of developing cancer. This high-profile discussion has raised awareness and sparked important education. Jolie’s ongoing philanthropy is awe-inspiring; we all need to be a bit more Angelina.
The first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy, Lagarde is also the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF). A lawyer, politician, and managing director of the IMF, is no mean feat. With this determination, Christine has, and will continue to, inspire girls around the globe to make it at the top.
An early predictor of the global economic meltdown in 2008, Lagarde steered the world to safety when the banks did indeed collapse.Someone you can call a superhero in finance, a feminism role model, and a style icon, Christine we salute you.
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The embodiment of modern feminism, Beyoncé sings about love and sex more boldly than before.Beyoncé invited us to contemplate that her life could be imperfect in her most recent album, Lemonade. Life’s unimaginable highs and lows expressed in her music allowed us to understand Beyoncé and, if anything, made us respect her more than ever before. A role model for independent women, she shows the world that we can be both sexy and feminists.