Successful women often overcome incredible challenges to reach influential positions. These challenges range from stereotypes to overcoming the personal dilemma of having kids and family vs work, to other social pressures. Fortunately, society is progressing, and as more women begin to take on positions of business, political, and scientific leadership, more stories will unfold to inspire future generations.
Here are the 3 Great Places to Find Inspirational Women
Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Meg Whitman (eBay, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Quibi), Ginni Romerty (IBM), and Ursula Burns (Xerox) just to name a few have set incredibly high standards for all technology leaders including men and women. Despite technology being dominated by men, these women (and more) have carved paths for women in business and technology.
Technology is a great place to seek inspiration for leadership as well as innovation which has vast potential to change the world. These leaders in tech will provide inspiration for centuries to come.
Liza Koshy, Lilly Singh, Jenna Marbles, and Lindsey Stirling top the list of some of the most successful YouTubers today. While fans may recognize them for their incredible talents and humor, those in the industry (YouTube which has turned into an industry in itself, and even Hollywood) recognize them as major brands. Off camera, the top YouTubers are often represented by some of the top agencies and management companies in the world.
Most fans might not realize the incredible hard work that goes in to building the followings some of these women have. But look through their history of videos and you will see a transformation, and not an overnight success.
Lorna M. Mahlock (United States Marine Corps General), Bailey Weis (First Female to Complete 2nd Phase of USMC Special Forces Training, and Dr. Sonja Stribling (Army Officer Veteran Now Business Success), combined with the wave of women entering the military and joining infantry forces. These are some of the toughest women on the planet who complete some of the most rigorous physical training in the world.
In a world where the border between political correctness and offending someone is thinner than origami paper, this is a group of women where recognizing the differences between men and women provides great substance. Because the women whether in sports or military who compete in physically rigorous activities arguably overcome more difficult barriers than a glass ceiling.
It is a bit harder to find the stories of these women probably because they are few, and a bit too busy doing military activities and do not seek publicity during their careers. Fortunately, their stories occasionally pop up in the news.
While there is still much progress that needs to happen, knowing where to look for inspiration, and what you’re looking for (toughness, rags to riches, or business dominance) can help open up new mentors and role models. And be sure to keep an eye open for inspirations in your own industry, or places that are unique to your interests whether they be men or women.