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6 Influential Women

6 Influential Women Of Our Time

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March is Women’s History Month, and we’ve decided to celebrate it by recognizing some of the most influential women of the century!

From business to politics and sustainability, these women come from all paths of life and corners of the world to tell the same story. Through their work they inspire us to break the stereotypes and treat everyone and everything fairly and with respect.

  1. Michelle Obama – Former U.S. First Lady

    Source: TheSource.com

    Source: TheSource.com

 Michelle dedicated her time at the White House to fight child obesity, promote food security in the USA, give military veterans a proper reintegration and encourage the young to pursue higher education. Thorough her many programs she also launched the “Let Girls Learn” program along President Obama to help girls from all around the world get proper education.

“There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish” (YourTango.com)

 

  1. Malala Youzafsi – Pakistani Blogger, Women & Girl Rights Activist
Source: Theodysseyonline.com

Source: Theodysseyonline.com

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for defending women’s right to education. Today she studies, writes and advocates to ensure that women around the world get a proper education. At her young age this Pakistani heroine has created an education fund (Malala Fund), raised awareness against women oppression, help refugees in the Middle East and had a book published.

“When the whole world is silent even one voice becomes powerful” (BuzzFeed.com)

 

 

  1. Wangari Maathai – Kenyan Activist and Ecologist
Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

Wangari was a true African heroine. She paved the way for other African females when she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and get a PhD in Biological Sciences. Wangari was also recognized for her great contributions to sustainability and democracy. She defended democracy in Kenya and founded the Green Belt Movement, which led to the plantation of over 30 million trees all over Africa.

“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” (omgvoice.com)

  1. Yulia Marushevska – Ukrainian Civil Servant & Anticorruption Activist
Source: ccdrl.fsi.stanford.edu

Source: ccdrl.fsi.stanford.edu

 

In 2014 she starred in the video “I Am a Ukranian” in response to the EuroMaidan protests against dictatorships in Ukraine. Since then she’s been fighting corruption and oppression and has made many public appearances speaking for egalitarian and fairness in government.

“Public servants have limited possibilities. Now we need to understand what we can change, and what we can’t.” (Kyivpost.com)

 

 

  1. Anastasia Lin – Chinese-Canadian Beauty Queen & Human Rights Activist
Source: alchetron.com

Source: alchetron.com

 

Banned from entering China in 2015, Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin has used this as motivation to fight for human rights and religious freedom. Speaking in the Geneva Summit and Oxford Union, Lin has made evident the oppression and torture that the Chinese people suffer. In her speeches, Lin has made a strong call to action to get the international community to fight against injustice and to put human rights before any monetary or economic interest. She insists that every person should be treated with respect and she just wants the Chinese people to be treated as fairly and just as any other person.

 

      6. Marissa Mayer – American CEO

Source: en.r8lst.com

Source: en.r8lst.com

Visionary Marissa Mayer is an acclaimed businesswoman in the USA. At a young age she became one of the first female CEOs leading a fortune 500 company and before she became Yahoo’s CEO she worked for Google where she helped develop many successful products and create the company’s current image. Apart from breaking stereotypes in the business world she did also in the tech world by graduating with a B.S. in symbolic systems and an MS in computer science and artificial intelligence (biography.com).

“If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen.” (likesuccess.com

 

Sources:

http://blackdoctor.org/483712/job-well-done-first-lady-16-accomplishments-of-michelle-obama/2/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/10/malala-nobel-peace-prize-winner-important_n_5965490.html

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2004/maathai-facts.html

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2016/07/12/the-truth-about-yulia-marushevska-vs-the-western-media-version/comment-page-1/

https://www.kyivpost.com/special/yulia-marushevska-revolutionary-leader-embodies-hope-ukrainians-bright-corruption-free-future.html

http://www.biography.com/people/marissa-mayer-20902689#early-life

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Skills That Make Women In Business Unique

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According to Catalyst.org, women currently hold 23 (4.6%) of CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies.

Even if the transition has been slow, companies have finally understood the immense power behind women leadership and are shifting towards a male-female power balance. Women bring a unique set of soft and hard skills to the table that increases a company’s ability to strengthen relationships, carry out strategies and seize opportunities!

In this post, I will introduce five great skills women can bring to business and how these can put companies in the best and brightest path.

 

#1 Women are natural team players

A study from the University of New Zealand stated that women made exceptional leaders because they were natural community players and they were not usually concerned with ego.

By putting others before them, women seek to be “at the center of a web rather than at the top of a hierarchy”. Their ego-free approach allows them to consider more collective approaches and to embrace change more easily. They are more likely to accept creativity and diversity in the workplace, hence enabling them to reach faster and better outside-the-box solutions.

A woman’s goal is to impact society and they believe the best way to go is by making everyone feel important and seeking genuine dialogue amongst peoples.

 

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence” – Sheryl Sandberg COO at Facebook.

 

#2 Women are “Relationship Specialists”

 According to Glen Llopis, founder of the Glen Llopis Group “women are specialists at cultivating relationships that are purposeful, genuine and meaningful.”

Researcher Helen Fisher accredits that to a woman’s “executive social skills”, which, according to her studies, have evolved to help women detect the smallest changes in a person’s behavior and emotional state.

Women seek to facilitate communication between people and to connect the right people with the right resources. They are detailed-oriented and they want everyone to feel comfortable, excelling that way in creating an atmosphere of synergy and loyalty amongst people.

 

“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama, USA First Lady

 

#3 Women are empathizers

Empathy is the key skill to have when building successful marketing campaigns, CSR programs, political campaigns, and much more.

Studies from ISPO News revealed that people rely up to 90% on their subconscious, emotional brain when making a decision; and women are specialists at understanding and managing the emotional side of people.

Their sense of community, sensitivity and ability to listen helps women detect emotional drivers faster and create more effective strategies to attend people’s needs.

 

“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around their neck that says, “Make me feel important.” Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” – Mary Kay Ash, Founder at Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.

 

#4 Women are excellent persuaders 

To be a good persuader you need charm, empathy, brains and persistence. And, although these traits don’t belong to women only, women do have the quality of displaying them all together in great balance.

Today, women are more prepared. According to a TIME article on higher education, the percentage of women attaining college degrees rose from “26% in 2005 to 30.2% in 2014”. Great knowledge paired up with the desire to do better, has put women in a position to fight hard and persistently to prove their good leadership and achieve their goals.

And, as we said before, women most often put their skills in to help others and to reach common goals. That allows them to win people’s hearts and sustain that feeling.

 

“Don’t be afraid to be you and own it. If you think being a leader is about having some agenda, it’s not. Being a leader is actually being completely with who you are and speaking from that place, giving feedback, sharing opinions from that place. That’s why people follow you” – Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder and CDO at Indiegogo. 

 

#5 Women focus on goals but don’t forget about the process

Women are detailed-oriented and like to take a step-by-step approach. This helps them recognize mistakes on time, evaluate different courses of action and manage change more effectively.

By focusing on the process, women also take the time to evaluate their team’s personal and professional performances and work towards more efficient people-resource fits.

 

“There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.” – Indra Nooyi, CEO at PepsiCo.

 

 In this post I do not intend to generalize women or categorize women as “better than men”, I only wish to highlight the great skills that most women can bring to the table. Because we are wired in a specific way, women can often exercise certain tasks more naturally. A woman’s careful personality and nurturing approach has become essential to manage effective teams, create proactive communication strategies and sustain more purposeful relations inside and outside the company!

If you found this post useful, please let us know in the comments! 

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