International Women’s Day 2021

Mode Celebrates International Women’s Day with a look at the past years’ most influential women.

Throughout history there have been so many incredible people that have shaped our future lives and changed the world. As it’s International Women’s Day we look at 5 women who, in the last year have broken the glass ceiling.

Kamala Harris

Born in California, her mother is from India and father from Jamaica. She is a woman of many firsts. In 2010, Harris became the first African American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney-General. Then in 2016 she became the first Indian American to be elected to the US Senate and now in 2020 she became elected as the first female Vice President!

Angela Merkel

Merkel is serving her fourth term as the first female Chancellor of Germany, taking up her position in 2005. Her leadership has been marked by her steely reserve, from standing up to Donald Trump to allowing more than a million Syrian refugees into Germany. In October 2020, 75% of adults in 14 European countries, trusted Merkel more than any other leader in Europe.

Christine Lagarde

Lagarde is the first woman to head the European Central Bank in November 2019. She has been responsible of one of the greatest tests which is ensuring that the pandemic does not wreck more havoc on the Euro zone. From 2011-mid 2019 Lagarde ran the International Monetary Fund that works to ensure the stability of the global monetary system.

Melinda Gates

Gates is the most powerful woman in philanthropy as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Founded in 2000, it is the world’s largest charitable foundation with a 40-billion-dollar trust endowment. She increasingly shapes the foundations strategy solving tough global challenges including education, poverty, and sanitation. The foundations mission is to help all people lead healthy, productive lives and she has devoted much of her time to work with women and girls’ rights.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah has transformed her hit talk show (which ran for 25 years) into a media and business empire. IN 2011, Winfrey launched cable channel OWN. Her 25.5% of the network is work more that 65 million dollars. In March 2020 she returned to the small screen on Apple TV for an interview about Covid. Having come from a tough upbringing where she was raised without indoor plumbing, Oprah is an amazing example of what can be achieved.

We have only picked 5 women that have been prominent in the last year. There are so many that have, over the decades, changed women’s rights, paved the way for the women of the future, we could write all day about this and the women that have influenced change. We commend you all. Happy International Women’s day!

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