//We are women, hear us roar!

We are women, hear us roar!

Happy International Women’s Day to all women around the world!

Let’s celebrate our lives for we know that we are the equal half. We are equally brave, equally smart, equally strong and courageous, equally capable.

At Naya, we, as women entrepreneurs, stand together with all women and on the shoulders of all who came before us. Together, we can create an equal society where gender no longer differentiates status, opportunities, access and rights.

We love the women on this list. They have each made a difference in different ways. This list is by no means exhaustive; it’s merely a jumping off point and we would love to hear from you about who inspires you and why.

Marie Curie

“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (and she also won it twice), the first woman to become a professor at University of Paris, and she developed mobile radiography units during World War I, which enabled wounded soldiers to be x-rayed and treated. She made a huge contribution to science and broke gender barriers in her day. May she continue to inspire legions of women to become scientists.

Marie Curie

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Emmeline Pankhurst

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Emmeline Pankhurst

“We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.”

Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. It is hard to believe that women didn’t use to be able to vote. Without Emmeline Pankhurst and all the women who fought hard, often suffering gravely, we would not be here today.

Malala Yousafzai

“All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.”
“We must tell girls their voices are important.”

What can we say about Malala Yousafzai that hasn’t already been said? We are in awe of her bravery, her work, her achievements. We can’t think of a better role model for young girls fighting against the odds.

Malala Yousafzai

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Michelle Obama with Ellen DeGeneres

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Michelle Obama

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

Michelle Obama showed us how to shine the spotlight on ourselves with confidence, graciousness and style. No small feat considering she was married to the most powerful man on earth. She could so easily have faded into the background but she pushed her own very important agenda and was an equal partner during the Obamas’ time in the White House.

Frances McDormand

“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider”

Frances McDormand’s speech when she won Best Actress at Oscars 2018 was the best – asking the female nominees in every category to stand with her and be acknowledged. Her fellow best actress nominees even had a group hug. We all have stories to tell, indeed. And by telling our stories, the world will change one word at a time as stories inform and shape our perspectives. What’s your story?

PS: We had to look up what “inclusion rider” means. Here it is: An “inclusion rider” is a clause that an actor can insist be inserted in their contract that requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity.

Frances McDormand

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Oscar 2018 Best Actress Nominees

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Shakira

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Shakira

A native of Colombia, where we source our Cacay Oil from, Shakira is not only an incredibly talented musician, she’s also a strong advocate for children’s education. She set up the Pies Descalzos Foundation to champion schools for poor children all over Colombia, and it has improved the lives of over 4000 children. We like the beat she moves to.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time, and she was created back in the day to reflect the growth in the power of women. Yes, she’s a fictional character and she dresses scantily but why focus on those points? She’s strong and courageous, she commands, she fights for justice, and we love her for that.

Wonder Woman

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2018-03-25T15:16:09+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Lifestyle|Comments Off on We are women, hear us roar!