Now that we have fully settled into the new year, it is safe to say that women's issues are going to continue to make headlines in 2015 until some real change is accomplished. While we may not see huge leaps and bounds with respect to gender equality and equal pay for women in just one year, women are speaking out about the issues more than ever and this is a huge step in the right direction! The more high profile women who speak out, the more our voices will be collectively heard. With ten months left in the year, we think these are the women that will keep making waves and bring gender equality and a mutual respect to the forefront. These are the women to watch in 2015.
Emma WatsonLast fall Emma Watson took the nation by storm after delivering a game-changing speech to the U.N. on gender inequality. As the newly appointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, she helped launch the HeforShe campaign, which not only challenges men to join the fight for gender equality but also challenges us all to "see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideas." She delivered the speech with a gentle power that had everyone standing up to proudly proclaim, "I am a feminist." Her words were powerful and brought gender inequality back into the positive light it deserves. Watson was also recently announced as playing the book-loving Belle in Disney's Live Action 'Beauty and the Beast.' We can't wait to see what Emma has in store for the rest of 2015.
Amy PoehlerLast year was an amazing year for Amy Poehler, who published her first book, Yes Please, which is still in the top 10 of the New York Times' Best Sellers list. With Poehler having just co-hosted the Golden Globes alongside gal pal Tina Fey and it being the last season of Parks and Recreation, we can't wait to see what is next for our favorite funny girl. Poehler is also at the top of our list because of her wildly funny and followed web series Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Smart Girls is a website founded by Poehler and a longtime friend which inspires girls to be themselves. Poehler says, “I get worried for young girls sometimes; I want them to feel that they can be sassy and full and weird and geeky and smart and independent, and not so withered and shriveled.” Thank you Amy for not only making us laugh, but also allowing us to embrace our true selves.
Hilary ClintonYou've known her as the First Lady of Arkansas, as the First Lady of the United States, as the nation's Secretary of State, and as a consistently powerful advocate for women all over the world; and -- fingers crossed -- she might just be the first female President of the United States. While her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices, doesn't directly address her potential run at the Oval Office, it does remind readers of all the amazing things Clinton has done as a public servant in this county, therefore setting her up to be the Democrats' most likely candidate for the 2016 election. Clinton is passionate about the future of America, and recognizes that issues like women's rights, education, and internet neutrality are central to ensuring a safe, free world for the coming generations.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A.K.A: "The Notorious RBG"(Image via BeyonceVoters.com) As one of our Supreme Court Justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an inspiration to women everywhere. She is the second female Justice to have ever been appointed a position, and in our humble opinion, the only one that truly knows how to rock an amazing collar. RBG has always been awesome, but has garnered even more attention as the issue of women’s rights has become a conversation the nation is finally ready to take seriously (or rather, that has had more attention drawn to it as more rights are being threatened by Congress). This catapulted RBG into popular culture as the “Beyonce Voters” and “Notorious RBG” tumblrs gained attention. She is truly the hero that feminists need during a time where laws that deeply impact our equality are changing left and right. At eighty-one years old she is still as fiery as ever, with no fear of letting her voice be heard. Ginsburg recently made headlines after nodding off during the most recent State of the Union about which she later stated, "I wasn't 100% sober." Apparently a glass of wine was consumed at dinner, simply putting her over. We’ll end this with one of our favorite Ruth Bader Ginsburg nuggets of inspiration: “Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” (We like this one too: “My mother told me to be a lady, and for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”)