In a year where we have experienced everything from climate change to surviving a pandemic, this has been a period where we looked to our heroes for guidance. And in these uncertain times, the women of the world have played an instrumental part in providing a positive impact.
Women from all walks of life have stepped up, demonstrating leadership when others have chosen to shy away from the challenge. Whether if it’s fighting for voter’s rights or protecting the future of our planet, these women aren’t just making a change – they’re making history.
The Notorious RBG, You Can’t Spell Truth without Ruth
She may not be the queen, but she was the Supreme Court’s feminist icon nonetheless. Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t just change the law, she changed the roles of how men and women are viewed in society today. Her fragile appearance was easy to overlook, as her demeanor and willingness to fight for what is right spoke volumes against her male counterparts.
As the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Ruth is the reason that women have not only equal rights, but general rights, as it seems women had never been a part of the equation when it came to right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. Even in her last moments, Ruth was fighting for justice, as she so clearly stated “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Easily, this was the biggest loss to society of 2020 but her legacy will never be forgotten.
“Bad Gal RiRi” does Good
This Barbados babe is more than just a pretty face with a good voice. Since the initial start of her singing career, Rihanna has been known for making a difference with the wealth she has earned, and can even be considered somewhat of a philanthropist. Some of her work includes creating the Believe Foundation and the Clara Lionel Foundation.
In 2020 alone, Rihanna donated $5,000,000 to COVID-19 relief support while also donating personal protective equipment to the state of New York. Not stopping there, she piggybacked this generous donation by contributing an additional $700,000 worth of ventilators to her home country of Barbados and donated $2,100,000 to support children that had experienced any domestic violence due to the lockdowns imposed by COVID-19.
While some superstars are posting inspiring messages and videos, Rihanna is taking action. But for those that are long-standing supporters, we know she’s not done here.
The Little Girl with the Big Voice
Growing up children are often taught “if at first, you don’t succeed, try again.” Well, that is exactly what teenager Greta Thunberg did. When at first her teachers wouldn’t listen to her plea of being cautious of climate change in a school essay, Greta took to the Swedish government to have her voice be heard. When she didn’t receive physical support in person from her peers, she did what any Generation Z member would do, and went viral on her social media accounts.
From gaining likes on a post to supporters at her protests, who would’ve thought that the voice of a 16-year-old girl would reach high profile authoritative figures and organizations? If there’s anything we can learn from Greta, it’s that every voice not only should be heard but can be heard!
Abrams the Activist
When it comes to the state of Georgia, the name Stacey Abrams is not unknown amongst the Democratic voters. Often if you heard her name, it meant that she was in need to “get things done.” Stacey’s work wasn’t only behind the scenes, but also at the forefront of warranting change. From actively helping people to register to vote or speaking out as to why every vote matters, Abrams refused to let people sit this past election out.
Stacey’s determination and work ethic was the driving force in what pushed her to run as the first African-American woman for the Governor of Georgia in 2018. While the end result was not what she hoped for, she refused to stop there and quit while she was ahead. Because of the groundwork Stacey Abrams did for the 2020 election, she is one of the main reasons Georgia is a blue state. Stacey is living proof that you can always be a winner.