Happy International Women’s Day! What better way to celebrate than to look at some of the most inspirational women around today doing seriously awesome things. What it means to be inspirational and to be a woman is different for everyone, but we all have the opportunity to influence, even if that is a tiny sphere of influence, there is something we all can do. We are lucky to know and be surrounded by countless inspirational women, as well as having the opportunity to be involved in helping the world move closer and closer to equality and justice for women. One thought for us all today (and every day), is what we, as women, can do to positively influence those around us and here are some women we take inspiration from!

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Serena Williams

With 23 major singles titles, Serena Williams holds more singles titles than any other woman or man out there. At 35 years old, Serena Williams still hits the court with as much grit and determination as ever. As well as being one of the most successful athletes in the world, Williams also incites positive change throughout the world with her fund which works to action against violence and spread education.

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Malala Yousafza

The youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for attending school and speaking out about the importance of education. Malala went on to set up a fund, advocating against lack of education around the world due to social, economic, legal or political factors. Malala contributed her entire prize money of more than $500,000 to financing the creation of a secondary school for girls in Pakistan. Her strength and courage inspires us on a daily basis.

20160510 Copyright onEdition 2016 © Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition Swimmers Ellie Robinson, who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016. ParalympicsGB is the name for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team that competes at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. The Team is selected and managed by the British Paralympic Association, in conjunction with the national governing bodies,  and is made up of the best sportsmen and women who compete in the 22 summer and 4 winter sports on the Paralympic Programme. Media enquiries for ParalympicsGB should be addressed to the ParalympicsGB Press Office T: 07717 587 055 E: press@paralympics.org.uk If you require require a higher resolution image or you have any other onEdition photographic enquiries, please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email info@onEdition.com This image is copyright onEdition 2016©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988.  If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email info@onEdition.com

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Ellie Robinson

At just 15 years old, Ellie has two Paralympic medals, holds the British record for 50m butterfly and world record for 100m butterfly. After watching, now team-mate, Ellie Simmonds compete when she was just 11 years old, Robinson decided she wanted to do the same and went out with blinding success. Training 5 days a week, Ellie has made countless sacrifices as a young teenager, but setting her eyes on the prize she is more than deserving of her Olympic medals, world records and recent award as BBC Young Sports Personality. She is a constant reminder that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve it!

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Emma Watson

Since hitting our screens as a Hermione in Harry Potter, Emma Watson has spread her wings in countless directions. Rather than just taking her fame for granted, at 24 years old, Emma is a UN ambassador working to encourage gender equality, education, fair trade and organic clothing. She ended her audience at the UN General Assembly: “I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen, and to ask yourself, ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’”. Inspired? I think so.

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Christy Turlington

Christy went from cat walk to founder of Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organisation which supports maternal health around the world, dedicating efforts to making pregnancy and child birth safe for all mothers and babies. Other inspiring achievements include her 2010 documentary ‘No Woman No Cry’ which discusses health challenges that impact women around the world. Christy was also one of the first product testers for the Apple Watch, using it to train for the London Marathon alongside all her other ventures. Is there anything Christy doesn’t take in her stride?

 

Words by Rachel Cruickshank

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