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6 fearless ladies who are changing the world

Every single woman has the power to change the world, it’s just a matter of how she chooses to wield this power and the opportunities that come her way. Whether it’s making strides in your family, community, or industry -- no action is too small. Here are six women who have the bravery and perseverance to make sure their voice is heard.

alexandria ocasio-cortez

Now here is a woman who is breaking the glass ceiling. She made history by becoming the youngest congress member at 29 years old. But that was just the beginning. Ocasio-Cortez continues to make waves (good ones) by taking a very transparent and assertive approach to her new position. She is not afraid to callout her fellow lawmakers and has been instrumental in getting young people to the polls. We won’t be surprised if she makes a run for the White House in the future.

yusra mardini

Yusra is a trained swimmer who fled Syria in 2015. After the motor of the boat she was on died, she got into the water with three others and pushed the boat for 3 hours until they reached safety. She has since competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics as a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team. She is a sign that even in the darkest of times you must never lose sight of your dreams and push on. These events inspired a short story collection and podcast, now touching even more hearts.

yasmine yehia moustafa

Don’t let Yasmine’s age deceive you. This 18 year proves once again that age is just a number, and as nothing to do with what you can achieve. By the time she was ready to enter her first year of college she had already invented a system to produce clean water and biodiesel using rice straw. If that doesn’t speak volumes, NASA even recognized her by naming asteroid 31910 Moustafa in her honor.

melissa bime

One of the youngest entrepreneurs to come out of Africa, Melissa Bime is the founder of INFIUSS, an online blood bank and digital supply chain platform. After graduating from college and witnessing first hand all the tragedy deaths caused by a lack of compatible blood she was driven to find a solution. She founded INFUISS at just 18 years old. As she continues to transport blood to those who needs it, she hopes to expand her reach to more West African countries.

emma yang

Brace yourself for this next game changer. The 14 year old created an app to help Alzheimer’s patients recognize loved ones. Drawing motivation from her Grandma who became increasingly forgetful as Emma grew up. She took this personal experience and combined it with her interest in AI and facial recognition technology to create the app Timeless. To think, this is only the very beginning of her life, we can’t wait to see how Emma changes the technology scene in the future.

misty copeland

This child prodigy comes has certainly faced a lot of trials. At just 13 years old, Misty was already an award winning dancer but found herself the center of a custody battle. But she never let the the legal issues deter her from pursuing her dream. In 2015, she became the first african-american woman to be promoted to principal dancer of of the most prestigious dance companies in the world, the American Ballet Theatre. She not only breaks down barriers in her own field but continues to inspire others through public speaking and mentoring.

 

It’s hard to narrow down a list of amazing, accomplished women. Simply because every woman is accomplishing something new, everyday. One of the biggest things these women have in common is their unwavering perseverance. It can get overwhelming trying to figure out your place in this world. You might find yourself asking, “ Where do I even begin to make a difference?” The answer is to start with yourself. What problems do you face? What do you have a personal stake in? What drives you? Dig deep and you just might find that thing that sets your soul on fire.

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