5 Inspiring Women To Look Up To

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Women fighting for the right to vote may seem a far-off and distant thought that happened way in the past, yet it was only just over a century ago that the 18th Amendment was ratified by Congress. Sadly, the amendment was largely opposed by many, and it wasn’t until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 that women were allowed the ability to take out a bank loan. Times sure are shifting quickly as now women are at the forefront of modern-day history, trailblazing change for the better in the United States and beyond. A growing number of countries are electing women leaders like Denmark, New Zealand, and Germany. Here, we introduce five inspiring women to look up to who are changing the world as we know it.

1. Malliha Wilson

Malliha Wilson specializes in human rights, Indigenous, constitutional, corporate, and labour law, and other complex litigation. She currently serves as the senior counsel at the law firm Nava Wilson LLP in Toronto and was formerly the special legal advisor at the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO). She is breaking down stereotypes and shattering the glass ceiling as the first visible minority to hold this position. Wilson boasts extensive experience in fighting for the rights of others, earning a Distinguished Career Award from the South Asian Bar Association and the Gold Key Award. She vows to continue dedicating her life to the public and fighting for international rights on the world stage.

2. Suzanne Clark

Suzanne Clark is currently the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she has also held the roles of chief operating officer and senior executive vice president. Clark believes in the power of free enterprise and offers a global perspective to upholding human rights. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master in Business Administration from Georgetown University. Clark is a trailblazer as the first woman to hold the titles she currently is appointed to. Recently, she helped jump-start the Equality of Opportunity Initiative, which seeks to close racial wealth gaps and strengthen small businesses. For her, the biggest challenge may be seeking to diffuse the ever-growing animosity of partisanship that haunts Washington.

3. Melanie Joy

Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist specializing in relationships, communication, and social transformation. Dr. Joy seeks to create a world built on relational trust and understanding. She has authored six books, including the award-winning “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows” and “Getting Relationships Right: How To Build Resilience and Thrive in Life, Love, and Work.” Dr. Joy is the founding president of the international organization, Beyond Carnism.

4. Austin Pryfogle

A University of Southern California graduate, Austin Pryfogle once suffered from homelessness and now seeks to change the fate of others. She is a union and community organizer, certified trauma specialist, and unhoused service provider with over 10 years of administrative support experience and 15 years of experience in youth support services. She dreams of a future where no human will ever be unhoused or treated poorly and dedicates her life to helping others.

5. Lana Weidgenant

Seeking to create a more just and sustainable world for all, Lana Weidgenant is the youth vice-chair of Shifting to Sustainable Consumption Patterns for the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021, and she is also the deputy partnerships director for Zero Hour, an international climate justice organization led by young people. She believes that the future of food and sustainability lies in a plant-based diet, allowing all creatures of the planet to thrive, not just in the U.S. but everywhere.

The world is headed for great success with these women leaders taking charge and making empathetic change for all.

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