Need a little inspiration in your life? We went on the hunt for the most innovative ways people are being lit up all over the world today. After loads of research, we chose 10 amazing women who are super-change agents — some you might not have even heard of.
We think these utterly incredible women — whose ideas and visions are creating more kindness, conscious living and empowerment — are needed now, more than ever. Check out how they can help make your life better today:
- Glennon Doyle Melton, bestselling author, advocate, and philanthropist
Glennon is a FIRECRACKER. This energetic, resilient female has started a tribe of Love Warriors that’s hundreds of thousands strong. Mother of three, recovering bulimic and alcoholic, and mental health advocate, Glennon decided to channel her energy and insight into a blog she dubbed Momastery. Since then, her passion and enthusiasm have created a full-blown movement where truth-telling is the golden rule.
She’s endured incredible challenges over the years, including an unfaithful husband and a split, before recently finding love again — and she’s always been nothing but honest and open with her followers about her struggles. She’s also written two New York Times-bestselling books and created Together Rising – a non-profit that has raised seven million dollars for vulnerable women and children.
Glennon has inspired countless other amazing women, and in her words: “Life is brutal. But it’s also beautiful. Brutiful, I call it. Life’s brutal and beautiful are woven together so tightly that they can’t be separated. Reject the brutal, reject the beauty. So now I embrace both, and I live well and hard and real.”
- Taryn Brumfitt, creator of the Embrace documentary and the Body Image Movement (BIM)
This fun and fabulous woman is all about self-love and acceptance — and that’s a mission Team SOS can get behind. After childbirth, Taryn had debated undergoing plastic surgery to “fix” her body issues. Instead, she decided to fix her attitude and embrace her new body. That’s when she posted a surprising photo and started a movement.
The photo showed her before and after — but to the internet’s surprise, the after photo showed her happier, healthier — and heavier. Since then, Taryn has tirelessly advocated for people to love their bodies.
As the website reads: “This was the beginning of the Body Image Movement (BIM), a now internationally recognised crusade that was founded on the belief that your body is not an ornament, it’s the vehicle to your dreams. BIM believes that everyone has the right to love and embrace their body, regardless of shape, size, ethnicity or ability.” Her groundbreaking Embrace documentary — dedicated to embracing your bod — hit select theaters last year, and it’s available on iTunes and several other online platforms.
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
Most people have heard the name Sheryl Sandberg. She’s the female voice behind Facebook — the chief operating officer for one of the largest and most ubiquitous corporations — and one of the world’s youngest billionaires.
Thanks to her strength, her smarts, and her courage, she’s paved the way for more amazing women to take on key leadership positions. She speaks openly about gender inequality, and penned the book Lean In. The 2016 Women in the Workplace 2016 study by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. revealed that women remain underrepresented at every corporate level; are far less likely than men to be promoted from entry level to manager; and hold less than 30% of senior management roles.
But Sheryl is using her leadership abilities to bring this important issue to the forefront. In her words: “Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place.”
- Marlise Karlin, Founder and CEO of SOS Method Start Up
Marlise Karlin is a mindfulness expert with a colorful past; from being a teen runaway on drugs, to an award-winning film producer, to developing a groundbreaking technique that’s empowering people’s lives globally.
The challenges of growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father — and the stress-related illnesses this caused — sparked a lifetime interest to search for new solutions. Years of study with teachers from diverse fields, masters of meditation in India and experts in holistic traditions from Japan, led to the development of SOS MethodTM. Its meditation reinvented — people feel calm and re-charged in only minutes — even if their mind isn’t still
In Marlise’s words: “Because of the stress in my past, and the relief I got, I wanted everyone to have this opportunity, to shift out of pain into newfound hope and happiness. This science-based technique has now helped people around the world; stressed out millennials in the US, victims of abuse in Africa, overworked professionals in Asia, and wellness seeking seniors in Europe.
One of the reasons SOS is so effective is the specially formulated meditations, tools, and Discovery Series. Marlise says of her lifelong passion, “Seeing people realize their potential is so inspiring.”
- Dame Stephanie Shirley, tech entrepreneur
After being saved from the Holocaust when her parents put her on a Kindertransport (a train that took children to other parts of Europe to escape the Nazis) — Dame Stephanie Shirley has never stopped creating a truly exceptional life.
In her words: “I decided to make mine a life that was worth saving.” Back in the 60s, she set up a software house staffed by a group of talented, amazing women. People laughed. At the time, no one paid for software, and no one wanted to work with women. But the business ended up succeeding, growing, and breaking ground for an array of progressive work practices including home-working, flexible worth methods, and co-ownership.
Since then, Dame Stephanie has seen massive success, and she’s given much of her fortune away. She espouses the values of fairness, kindness and tolerance — and acceptance. In her words: “The art to surviving life’s cruelties and triumphs, is learning to let it all go.”
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