Today we celebrate women all around the world. All colors and sizes; with no one excluded. An equal world is a world of opportunities for everyone. For some, the International Women’s Day is a day of protest, for others, it’s a day of celebration. In a world that is still very much power imbalanced, I would like to take a moment and recognize the queens that work on a better future for everyone. These six women are shattering glass ceilings left and right, and prove that the future is indeed female.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton was the first female presidential candidate of a major political party in the United States. Clinton served as First Lady from 1993 to 2001, after which she took office as a senator from 2001 to 2009. Before her bid for the presidency, she was also the Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

It’s been nearly four years since the presidential election, but Clinton is not sitting still. Shortly after the defeat, she wrote a memoir called What Happened, and in October of 2019 she and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, wrote a book together about the stories of courageous women who believed that their actions could make a difference. Despite the 2016 turnout, what Clinton did was making history, changing the future forever.

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Singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress Beyoncé Knowles is probably someone who needs no introduction. The award-winning, stunning Beyoncé is known to be a vocal advocate for women’s rights. She spends her fortune supporting countless foundations and charities that work to support communities of women, children, POC and LGBTQ+ all around the world.

Number one female with the most Grammy nominations and number two female with the most awarded Grammy’s is inspiring young people all around the find their voice; especially young girls. Her lyrics help people through hardships, while at the same time encouraging them to be a boss b*tch. Beyoncé is a woman that we will definitely see more of in the future.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, better known as AOC, is a Democrat serving as U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. She is an advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and anti-poverty policies. AOC is the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.

Besides politics, AOC stars in the Netflix documentary Knock Down The House, where we can see her journey to getting elected into Congress. Although she has stated before to not aspire to the presidential seat, many voters dream about her one day running for the presidency. Whether or not AOC will one day serve as President of the United States, it is guaranteed that we will see a lot of her in the coming years.

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Greta Thunberg

Grete Thunberg is a 17-year-old Swedish environmental activist who is traveling the world to fight for climate justice. She has started the Friday’s for Future movement in 2018, and ever since she has joined and led a school climate strike every Friday, in all different places in the world. She received many awards, among which Time Person of the Year in 2019.

Many criticize Greta for being too young or acting ‘too smart’. But the reality is, Greta is one of the few people who devote their entire lives to climate justice. She does what others do not wanna do, and that is actively advocating for a more sustainable planet. Greta inspired millions across the world to fight for their future, and there is no doubt we will hear and see more from her.

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Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross is probably most known for her role as Candy on the show Pose. But she does more than that. Ross launched TrasnTech Social Enterprises in 2014, a nonprofit design firm that trains and contracts transgender and other marginalized workers. She helps people from minority communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

In 2015, Ross was a featured speaker at the LGBTQ+ Tech and Innovation Summit in the White House. In 2019, she hosted the Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ+ issues, making her the first openly transgender person to host a presidential forum. Ross is a fierce activist for trans rights and has been a key person in many protests and marches.

We will most likely see more of her on-screen. But I sure hope to see her making some big moves in the political field.

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Sophie Cruz

In 2015, when she was only five years old, Sophie Cruz broke through Pope Francis’ security line to give him a letter. In this letter, Sophie asked the Pope to speak with the president of the United States because her undocumented parents were going to be deported.

Now, five years later, Cruz has continued to advocate for immigration rights and she was a speaker at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington D.C.

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This is just a small selection of the wonderful women that are working on a better future for all genders. We can only applaud them for their selfless efforts for the current and future generations.