What a day! Although we firmly believe that we should celebrate women every day, let’s take advantage of the global acknowledgement of today and share with you some of the women we find to be truly admirable.
Bethann Hardison, Fashion Model & Activist
Well known for being one of the first high-profile black models after her appearance at the 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show. She is also known for her activism on diversity in the fashion industry.
Michelle Obama, Former First Lady, Lawyer, Writer.
First African American FLOTUS and role model to many women because of the significant initiatives she spearheaded as First Lady. One being the Let's Move Campaign - helping children stay active, fighting unhealthy habits and child obesity.
Billy Jean King, Female Tennis Player
King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association. Not only a world-renowned tennis player, but also a gender equality advocate. King earned the title as World’s #1 Tennis Player after winning 39 Grand Slam titles. At 29, she won the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match against Bobby Riggs (55-year- old) male. She has helped to change the face of tennis as we know it.
Alyssa Carson, American Space Enthusiast,
Carson, 19, is the youngest person to graduate from the Advanced Space Academy. She is part of a group of young adults working to position themselves to be the first astronauts to go to Mars.
Shonda Rhimes, Award-winning Writer and Producer.
Shonda is most known for creating "Grey's Anatomy," the longest-running medical drama tv show which has also received a Golden Globe for best television series. Shonda is an influential in the television industry because of her casting. She casts her roles in fit, inclusive, and relatable ways. In her work, she portrays essential issues that need to be shed to light, such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, and police brutality.
Malala Yousafzai, Activist
Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is well known in the international community for her diary about life under Taliban rule. She is a voice for education and equality all around the world. At the age of 11 she placed herself in danger by advocating for women’s rights. Even after the Talaban shot her, she continued activism and founded the Malala Fund with her father.
Aretha Franklin, American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Pianist, and Civil Rights Activist
Franklin is the Queen of Soul. In 1987, Aretha became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wrote the soundtrack for a whole era and was influential to other women in the industry. She was the voice for black women fighting for equality and liberation.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
An American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. In 1970, she co-founded the Women's Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal in the U.S. to focus exclusively on women's rights. Ruth taught at Columbia Law School from 1972 to 1980, where she became the first tenured woman and co-authored the first law school casebook on sex discrimination.
Pat McGrath, British Makeup Artist
Vogue called McGrath the most influential makeup artist in the world. Pat is the first British dame make-up artist. She regularly directs makeup for catwalk shows, advertising campaigns, and editorial shoots for the world's biggest fashion houses and publications.
Simone Veil, Former Minister of Health
French magistrate and stateswoman, Veil served as Health Minister in several governments. Simone was the first woman to hold the office of President of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1982. As health minister, she is best remembered for advancing women's legal rights in France, particularly for the 1975 law that legalized abortion, today known as Loi Veil. From 1998 to 2007, she was a member of the Constitutional Council, France's highest legal authority.
Emma Watson, Actress, Model and Activist
One of Emma’s most impressive accomplishments is initiating the U.N. Women He For She campaign in 2014. Watson advocates for women’s rights by prompting men to join the fight for gender inequality by speaking as an Ambassador for the organization.
Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel is one of the most iconic women in the fashion industry. She was a French fashion designer and businesswoman who is credited for bringing light to a post-World War I era with the launch of her first designs. Coco greatly influenced women’s fashion by making it socially acceptable for women to dress as they pleased. Not only did she influence others to expand on the fashion of the time, but she inspired styles for the evolution of the future of fashion. Chanel gave a new sense of what it was to be a woman; she transformed it into a meaning of freedom, independence, elegance, and lightness. She gave women a new meaning and a way to express themselves adequately.
Oprah Winfrey, Media Executive, Actress, Television Producer, and Philanthropist
Oprah had a rough childhood, but fought hard for her dreams. She made them come true regardless of the struggle. The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. She has been credited with revolutionizing the tabloid talk show genre. Besides all her accomplishments with her show, Oprah is also a philanthropist, and has advocated for women’s education across the world. Oprah's Angel Network has raised more than $50 million for charitable programs.
Whitney Wolfe Herd, American Entrepreneur
Whitney is the founder and CEO of Bumble, a social dating app, which is now worth over $7 billion. In 2021 she became the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire after taking Bumble public. Herd, at 31, is the youngest woman to take a company public.
Beyonce, American Singer and Songwriter
Said to be one of the most significant cultural figures of her time, not just because of her music but because of her image and lifestyle. Beyonce is an influential figure to individuals worldwide; her popularity, success, and contributions have influenced generations of women. Beyonce has won 24 Grammys, a total that only 6 artists in history have accomplished. She is one of the most powerful pop-stars globally and is an empowering voice for women.
And obviously to the women who started Mademoiselle Provence: Chloé Mortaud and Hélène Marceau!
If all of this didn't inspire you to do something incredible today, we don't know what would!
We hope you have the most wonderful International Women’s Day - tell a woman you look up to that you admire them today!
Les Femmes de Mademoiselle Provence
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