Woman Crush Wednesday: International Women’s Day Edition
7 women who are taking the world by storm
To kickstart Women’s History Month, for this week’s Woman Crush Wednesday, we’re featuring not just one amazing woman, but seven different women who are taking the world by storm.
These ladies have revolutionized and pressed for progress in their respective fields. They have changed and are continuing to change the world, and we’re in awe of their beauty and strength.
Keep on reading to learn about some real-life wonder women!
Reina Reyes, scientist
Reina Reyes is probably most known for a groundbreaking 2010 study she did while getting her PhD in Astrophysics at Princeton University. She and her colleagues found the first concrete evidence that proves that Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity extends far beyond our own solar system (NatGeo explains the specifics better than we can).
Since then, though, Reina’s expanded her focus to the broader field of data science, using data to answer questions and address issues. She’s also inspiring future generations of scientists — she’s always giving talks at high schools and universities about her different passions and advocacies, and runs Pinoy Scientists, a blog that features a new scientist every week and brings awareness to the different possibilities of working in STEM.
Emma Gonzalez, student activist
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news, you’ve heard of Emma Gonzalez. After losing 17 of her classmates in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history last February, Emma has become one of the most visible advocates against gun violence.
She and her fellow student activists have harnessed the power of social media to lead the March For Our Lives movement, with tangible results — under their pressure, big businesses like Delta and and United Airlines have severed their discount programs with the NRA. And they’re still going, with a big rally planned later this month.
If you haven’t seen it yet, watch her speech from right after the shooting happened, and tell us she isn’t going to keep on changing the world:
Laverne Cox, actress
Ever since her breakout role as Sophia in Orange Is The New Black, Laverne Cox has been breaking barriers for trans women. Aside from her trailblazing Emmy nominations for her acting and producing work, she was also the first transgender person to be featured on the covers of Time and Cosmopolitan.
Laverne’s portrayal of a transgender prisoner on OTINB has lent depth and empathy to the cultural discussion about transgendered people and African-American women, and she’s leveraging her celebrity to extend her advocacy to real life. As she said in an interview with Glamour: “I always knew when I got a public platform, it was part of my job to educate people”.
Chloe Kim, athlete
Chloe Kim might be the youngest woman to win an Olympic gold medal for snowboarding, but she’s also just like your average teenage girl. The 17-year-old Korean-American made waves at this year’s Winter Olympics — not just for her ridiculous stunts at the halfpipe event, but also for her extremely relatable tweets.
She literally tweeted this in between her first and second runs, after which she won the gold medal:
We can’t wait to see her continue to slay in future Olympics.
Ashley Graham, model
You probably heard of Ashley Graham in 2016, when she became the first plus-size model to grace the cover of the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
But Ashley’s actually been in the industry since the early 2000s, modelling for brands and retailers like Forever 21, Levi’s, and Lane Bryant, and even designing her own lingerie line. Throughout her career, she’s been an advocate for body positivity and diversity. A year before the Sports Illustrated cover, she gave a sold-out TEDx talk about her own struggles with body image and her journey towards body confidence.
BP Valenzuela, musician
BP has been an indie music darling since she first burst onto the scene in 2014. In an industry that doesn’t always take women seriously, she writes and produces her own music, which has a distinct dreamy, ‘80s-inspired electropop sound.
But she’s also known for her willingness to talk about feminism and LGBTQ+ issues, especially as they relate to her industry. She featured LGBTQ+ couples in two of her music videos from last year and has called out several of her fellow artists about the problematic treatment of women in the local indie music scene.
Whitney Wolfe, tech entrepreneur
If you’ve ever used online dating apps Tinder and Bumble, you have Whitney Wolfe to thank. As a female CEO in the male-dominated tech industry, Whitney’s had to deal with misogyny and sexual harassment, and in the public eye — she left her role as VP of Marketing at Tinder (whose name she’s credited with coming up with) after filing a sexual harassment suit against her former bosses.
She reportedly won a settlement, but went even further in her fight against the mistreatment of women in tech. As co-founder and CEO of Bumble, Whitney’s actively designing a service for women in a space that hasn’t always been safe for them. Because the app only allows women to make the first move once a (heterosexual) match has been made, they have more control over the interaction, avoiding predatory behavior. This woman-centric mindset extends to the entire company — it’s based in Texas, outside of Silicon Valley culture, and is made up of mostly women. We can’t wait to see what new ideas Whitney and her team come up with.
Who are your wonder women?
Let us know in the comments section below, and you might just see them in one of our future Woman Crush Wednesday features!
Also get to know some other amazing ladies and discover how fashion is more than skin-deep on ZALORA Philippines’ International Women’s Day page.