Courtesy of InStyle:
History is filled with women who have changed the world with a singular or daring act, but it’s those who keep going— with or without recognition—whom I really admire. This entire issue honors spectacular women. All they have to do—and all we have to do—is keep showing up.
1. Emma González: Her passionate speech after a gunman opened fire at her school in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 students and faculty, inspired a worldwide cry for gun reform in America. Since then she and her peers have taken on the powerful NRA, uniting their generation to push for stricter regulations.
2. Katie Couric: As one of the most trusted faces in news and the first woman to assume a solo role on a nightly news desk, Couric is a journalistic icon for everyone seeking the truth. “I think a badass woman stands up for herself, is confident, and is not afraid to challenge the hierarchy, the patriarchy, or conventional thinking,” she says.
3. The Women of Time’s Up: Though Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, and Eva Longoria are among the Hollywood power players giving a public face to the anti-harassment movement, this is not just a red-carpet issue. It crosses all industries, top to bottom, and encompasses everyone who is part of the fight.
4. Jane Goodall: The spotlight was back on the legendary primatologist and anthropologist last year due to the incredibly moving documentary Jane, which chronicled her early years studying chimpanzees in Tanzania. Through the Jane Goodall Institute, she is working with youngsters around the world to help them develop compassion and respect for all living things.
5. Patty Jenkins: Last summer her big-screen Wonder Woman broke the record for the highest-grossing film directed by a woman. This year Jenkins is breaking records again, reportedly earning more than triple her original salary for the film’s sequel. As her profile continues to rise, so do the fortunes of up-and-coming female directors everywhere.
6. Saru Jayaraman: Shortly after 9/11, this legal activist banded together with displaced restaurant workers to co-found the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) to help them fight for their rights. “Women of color are often labeled a bitch or difficult,” she says. “If what that really means is standing up for yourself and others, then I accept those labels with pride.”
7. Channing Dungey: She became president of ABC Entertainment Group in 2016, making her the first black woman to serve in that capacity for a major broadcast TV network. Dungey helped develop hit shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, but it was her quick decision to cancel the Roseanne reboot following a racist tweet from the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, that really drew raves.
8. Janet Mock: The outspoken activist and best-selling author recently became the first trans woman of color to write, direct, and produce for television on the 1980s New York City–set FX series Pose. “The greatest advice I can give anyone is don’t be afraid of change,” Mock says. “There’s such room for growth and greatness when you’re able to lean into fear.”
9. Maura Healey: Since President Donald Trump’s election, the Massachusetts attorney general has legally challenged the administration more than two dozen times, diligently protecting her community against policies that could limit civil and immigration rights, access to health care, environmental safeguards, and more. “As attorney general, if I won’t stand up for the Constitution and against the abuse of power, then who will?” she asks. “No one’s above the law in this country, not even the president.”
10. Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey: The world is a very different place thanks to these two tireless New York Times reporters. Kantor and Twohey’s groundbreaking work on the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal not only propelled the #MeToo movement but also earned them a Pulitzer Prize.
That’s the first ten, but there are 40 more including author J.K. Rowling, Gloria Steinem, Christiane Amanpour, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and many more.
I have always bee pretty happy with my gender, but I have to admit that I wish I could jump on the badass woman bandwagon.
Oh well, I guess I can still offer support and admiration from the sidelines.