This is not a list: It’s a collection of insights from visionaries around the world aimed at anyone committed to empowering women. In a series of interviews, these women laid bare their struggles, revealed their secrets to success, and told us about their next big idea. Whether she’s launching her career or is a seasoned veteran, an Olympian or CEO, the women in this group are united by their fierce visions for change.
I wish I hadn’t believed that life is a meritocracy. Just because someone is in a position of power doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing.
SVP, Topic / First Look MediaRead Q&A
I was the sole child of Holocaust survivors. It gave me a clear purpose: I had to make up for all those who didn’t have a chance to live.
I would change our culture, which teaches all of us that men should achieve and women should support others. The truth is that everyone should achieve and everyone should support others.
COO, Facebook Read Q&A
We cannot win if we do not organize across communities, issues, and movements. My belief is those closest to the pain are closest to the solution.
Palestinian-American Muslim activistRead Q&A
In 2010, I ran for Congress. I lost. But chasing my dream, not a credential, was the best decision I ever made. When you get a taste for being brave, it’s hard to stop.
Founder and CEO, Girls Who CodeRead Q&A
I don't do networking, I build community. I talk to people because I want a better read on who they are, not what they can do for me.
There will always be reasons why something didn’t go well, but energy is better spent being a solutions person: ‘Nobody cares, just do your job.’
Founder and CEO, GlossierRead Q&A
Make a list of your women colleagues. Think of one thing you can do to increase the recognition for her contributions, and write it down. Then go through the list, and do those things.
Executive director, National Domestic Workers AllianceRead Q&A