9 Influential Women Who Are Making A Difference

Tomorrow marks International Women’s Day, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate all the incredible achievements of every woman past and present. From our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters, to the teachers, health practitioners, lawyers and so many more intelligent and brave women, these are the people who have come to shape not just our individual lives, but the world as well.

To help you get in the spirit of this empowering day, we’ve decided to take a look at just a handful of the influential women who have helped make this world a better place.

So get scrolling, and get ready to feel a massive surge of pride.

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney became a common name in every household when she wed renowned bachelor, George Clooney, but that’s such a minor, if not insignificant part of what makes her so amazing. The human rights lawyer has worked on a number of humanitarian causes, was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip, and has been a loud advocate for women’s rights.

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Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Arden is the youngest female leader in the world, already entering her as an impressive individual. After giving birth in 2018, she challenged governmental norms by taking six weeks of maternity leave and announcing that her husband would be a stay-at-home dad. Jacinda has been an absolute inspiration and is using her platform to “create a path for other women”.

Turia Pitt

Turia Pitt made headlines seven years ago when she got caught in a fire during a marathon event and suffered burns to 65% of her body. Undergoing over 200 operations and spending two years in recovery, Turia defied the odds and completely rebuilt her life. Now a mother to a beautiful little boy, Turia has worked tirelessly as a humanitarian and Interplast ambassador and has been an inspiration to people all over the world.

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OK, so a few months ago I posted something on here about the importance of having a morning mindset routine. See, at the time I was noticing stacks of ‘Morning Makeup Routines’ or ‘5 minute skin care regimes’, and it got me thinking. We’re so comfortable talking about our morning beauty, fitness and work routines, but it’s not often that you hear about someone’s MINDSET routine. I wanted to dive into this a little deeper because your mindset is critical to everything you do. And dive I did! I put together the little rituals I do every single morning to set myself up mentally for the day ahead. AND because I don’t like to do things by halves, my team and I turned them into a little video mini-course for you!! I'm making it free for a couple of weeks, so there are zero barriers for you to get started. Hit the link in my bio to join! In the time it takes to drink your morning coffee, you’ll be on your way to a stronger mindset and a better day. I know, I’m good to ya. What an angel, hey?! 😇😂😂

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Halima Aden

Halima Aden made a name for herself when she became the first woman to wear the headscarf on an international high-fashion catwalk. The model, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, has since made a number of runway and magazine appearances, has emerged as an advocate for refugee rights, and has been named a UNICEF Ambassador.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has been long known for all of her incredible humanitarian work that has inspired us all. The actress/filmmaker has met with refugees and internally displaced people in over 20 countries, has supported a number of charities, including Doctors Without Borders, has been named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and has spoken about serious issues at a political level.

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#YearInReview: In November, Special Envoy of the #UnitedNations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie – pictured here at UNHCR’s office in the Republic of Korea – called for an urgent ceasefire and end to the bitter conflict in #Yemen. "When conflict develops to this extent, many people have no choice but to flee if they are to have any chance of survival. The only way to enable refugees to return home, and to bring down the overall numbers worldwide, is to end conflicts themselves." Angelina Jolie visited the Republic of Korea, where some 500 Yemenis are being hosted after fleeing the conflict. Meeting with Government Ministers, Jolie expressed appreciation for the country’s efforts to help the Yemenis who had arrived in the country in May. Regram: @refugees | 📷: #UNHCR WithRefugees #GlobalGoals

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Queen Rania

Queen Rania first became queen at just 28 years of age and has since been an icon of female empowerment. She’s been a strong advocate of women’s rights, education, youth empowerment, and has worked tirelessly to encourage peace and change Western perceptions of the Arab world.

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شاركت اليوم في إطلاق ما تبقى من مساقات مادة الرياضيات على منصة إدراك للتعلم المدرسي لتشمل بذلك جميع الصفوف المدرسية. سعدت لرؤية تفاعل الأطفال مع المساقات التي توفرها المنصة والاستماع من الأهالي والمعلمين كيف ساعدتهم إدراك في تدريس أطفالهم #تعليم #الأردن #حب_الأردن Joined a number of parents, teachers, and students for the launch of the remaining math curricula for grades K-5 on our Edraak platform for schoolchildren, which now includes math streams for all grades. It was great seeing how engaged children were with the content on the platform and hearing from both teachers and parents how they benefit from Edraak #Education #Jordan #LoveJO

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Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle shook the world when she joined the Royal Family and shattered so many of its out-dated rules. Even from a young age, she’s been a champion for women’s rights. At the age of just 11, she successfully stood up to a sexist television advertisement and hasn’t looked back since.

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During today's visit to @CityUniversityLondon – one of the Association of Commonwealth Universities' 500 university members – The Duchess of Sussex met students from across the Commonwealth now studying in the UK, for whom access to university has transformed their lives. Among the students The Duchess met was Mayamiko, a Chevening Scholar from Malawi, currently studying SEN Disability and Inclusive Education at @Uni_Roehampton. The scholarship schemes managed by the ACU enable individuals to gain the knowledge and skills to support access and inclusion for disabled people across the globe – while speaking with Mayamiko, The Duchess also chatted with fellow scholars Hilary, Ntani and Almachius in Ghana via Skype. Thank you to everyone that came out to greet The Duchess at the University today! 📷 Kensington Palace / PA

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, thanks to her inspiring activism to encourage and support education for all girls. In 2013, she, along with her father, founded the Malala Fund, which works to ensure every girl can go to school.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is a renowned, 23-time Grand Slam winning tennis player who has made waves across the sporting world for her incredible talent. She has spoken up against the double standards in tennis that women are faced with, and since becoming a mother, has become a loud advocate for working mums.

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