We really wanted to compile the most useful advice by empowered women. Who doesn’t like a good piece of advice? Here is a list of impressive women with crazy successful careers and amazing advice concerning career and life in general. Check out these amazing ladies!
1. VIOLA DAVIS
“Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.”
Viola Davis is an actress, producer, and philanthropist. She was the first black actress to be nominated for three Academy Awards and won one of them. She is also the only black person to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (Oscar, Emmy, Tony). In total, she’s won 14 wins! She’s a civil rights activist and equal rights for women and women of color. In 2017 she was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
2. TORY BURCH
“If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough”
Tory Burch is a fashion designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. In 2015 she was listed as one of the most powerful women by Forbes. She wrote an opinion piece for Time on pay equity for women.
3. KERRY WASHINGTON
“I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.”
Kerry Washington is an actor and producer. She is most known for her portrayal as Olivia Pope on Shona Rhimes television series Scandal. She has a Golden Globe, BET Best Actress award, Teen Choice Award, and multiple Emmy nominations. She's a women’s rights activist, a supporter of LGBTQ rights, and a member of the Creative Coalition.
4. ESTEE LAUDER
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”
The businesswoman Estee Lauder cofounded Lauder with her husband Joseph. She was the only woman on Time Magazines 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century. She was the first woman to receive the Chevalier commendation in 1978 and received the presidential medal of freedom in 2004.
5. TAVI GEVINSON
“Women are complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy. But because people are crazy, and women happen to be people.”
Some of you might remember 12-year-old Tavi from her fashion blog “Style Rookie” which shifted to pop culture and feminist diction once she turned 15. She has appeared on the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2014. She was also named one of the 25 most influential teens of 2014 by Time Magazine.
6. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
“A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”
Eleanor Roosevelt was a political figure, diplomat and activist. She’s also the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show and speak at a national party convention. She advocated for expanding the roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. She served as the first chair of the UNHR and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Hot diggity that’s a lot to take in!
7. NADIYA HUSSAIN
“I am never going to put boundaries on me ever again. I’m never going to say ‘I can’t do it.’ I am never going to say ‘maybe’. I am never going to say ‘I don’t think I can.’ I can. And I will.”
Upon Nadiya Hussain’s win on the sixth series of the Great British Bake Off in 2015 shes become the host of MULTIPLE cooking series. She is also a columnist for the Times Magazine as well as BBC’s Good Food and is a published author with Random House, Hodder Children’s Book, and Harlequin. She was on the BBC News 100 Women list in 2017. She also won a prize at the British Book Awards for “Bake Me A Story”. She’s also an advocate for mental health.
8. LUCILLE BALL
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
Lucille Ball was a comedian, studio executive, producer, and actress. She was the first woman to run a major television studio, Desily Productions which produced Mission Impossible and Star Trek. She was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and won four times.
9. ERICA JONG
“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”
Erica Jong is a novelist, satirist, and poet known for her controversial attitudes towards female sexuality and prominence in the second wave of feminism. She is most known for her first novel Fear of Flying (1973) attempting to answer conflicts arising for women in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
10. SERENA WILLIAMS
“A champion is defined not by their wins, but by how many times they recover when they fall.”
The American tennis player has ranked world No.1 in singles eight times between 2002 and 2007. She holds the most titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles among active players. She’s joint third on the all-time list and second in Open era. She has 23 grand slam titles, but 39 majors in total.
11. INGRID BERGMAN
“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”
Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman won three Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy awards, four golden globe awards, a BAFTA, and a Tony. She is best remembered for her role in Casablanca. her performances include Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound and Under Capricorn, Anastasia, Joan of Arc and many more.
12. DIANA VREELAND
“It’s not about the dress you wear. It’s about the life you lead in the dress.”
The columnist and editor worked for Harpers Bazaar as well as Vogue where she became the editor-in-chief. She later became a consultant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She's an advocate for uniqueness and coined the DIY term, do it yourself. She was a style consultant for first lady Jackie Kennedy.
13. MINDY KALING
“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”
The writer, comedian, actress, and producer is known for The Office, The Mindy Project, and Champions. (all of which she star, produce and write/wrote for – say whaaaat) The Dartmouth alumni was a writer, executive producer and occasional director on The Office and received an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing in a comedy series in 2010. When Kaling joined the Office she was 24 years old and the only woman on a staff of 8. She has also written to New York Times best-selling memoirs.
14. MICHELLE OBAMA
“I want young people to know they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid – you hear me, young people? Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”
Michelle Obama is a lawyer, university administrator, and author. Oh and also a prior First Lady of the United States. She has served as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating. She’s an amazing role model for both men and women. The loss of her father and friend Suzanne Alele established a turning point. The losses drove her to contribute towards society as a person and through her work as a lawyer.
15. ROSA PARKS
“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Rosa Parks was an activist in the civil rights movement known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She is an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. The marvel of a human being has a street named after her, received the Martin Luther King Jr. The award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, named one of the 20 most influential and iconic figures of the 20th century by the Times. This isn’t even a handful of her accomplishments!
“I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.”
Who runs the world? Beyonce, that’s who. Remember Beychella? If you’ve forgotten what happened back in 2017 check out the 7 types of people you see at Coachella to refine your memory. Her break started in Destiny’s Child and brought us hits like “No, No, No”, “SAy My name”, and “Independent Woman”. As a solo artist she’s hit over 100 million records worldwide, won 22 Grammy’s and Forbes ranked her as the most powerful female in entertainment in 2015 and 2017. So Beyonce really runs the world.
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
Oprah is everything. Such an accomplished human being she is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, she is also a philanthropist, media executive, actress, writer, and overall badass. CNN and TIme.com coined her as “arguably the most influential woman in the world”, I wonder if she’s added that to her LinkedIn account. She had a much-needed impact on the LGBTQ providing visibility for the community.
18. JANET, ‘THE GOOD PLACE’
“It turns out the best Janet was the Janet that was inside Janet all along.”
If you haven’t caught Michael Schur’s “The Good Place” you are seriously missing out. The premise of the show uncovers what happens when you die. We follow the post-mortem lives of four characters in heaven battling what it means to be moral. Dudes, there are so many surprising turns AND it’s on Netflix so check it out.
19. JANIS JOPLIN
“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. ”
Pearl, as she was sometimes referred to, was an American rock, soul and blues singer and songwriter. She was a pioneering female rockstar. She released two albums in her lifetime, and two post-mortems. She opened opportunities in the rock music business for future female singers.
20. ELIZABETH GILBERT
“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”
Elizabeth Gilbert is an American writer best known for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love. It spent 199 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 2010. An article she wrote for GQ in 1997 became the basis for the feature film Coyote Ugly. It was based on her time as a bartender in New York City.
21. HELEN MIRREN
“At 70 years old if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the ‘f-k off’ much more frequently. ”
The British actress began her career in 1967 and has since managed to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting. This includes the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Oliver award for best actress and a Tony award for best actress in a play. Damn!
22. AMY POEHLER
“It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and your real estate.”
Wise words from Amy Poehler. Understanding that you bring value to society as a woman can be hard to truly believe. To truly believe that you have the essence is to put it into practice and be your truest self. Your truest self, changes. Evolving as a human being is a sign of strength and growth.
23. CARRIE FISHER
How we miss the funny Carrie Fisher. Daughter of Debbie Reynolds (otherwise known as Grace Adler’s mother) and Eddie Fisher, she is most known for her role as Princess Leia. For all of you Nora Ephron fans, she played Marie, Meg Ryans BFF in When Harry Met Sally. She also happened to be a writer! She wrote a non-fiction book as well as screenplays such as Sister Act, and the Wedding Singer.
24. TINA BELCHER
If you haven’t checked out Fox’s Bob’s Burgers you sure are missing out. The series is centered around the Belcher family who runs a – you guessed it – burger restaurant called Bob’s Burgers. It’s set in a semi-Springfield location. Tina is the oldest of the three and always has something insanely brilliant to add. The dialogue KILLS every season. Check it out for more of Tina’s wisdom such as, “I’m no hero. I put my bra on, one boob at a time, just like everyone else”.