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There are a lot of women in the world who have been recognized for their amazing achievements and their inspiring life stories. While they accomplished extraordinary things, they’re just like everyone else – human, ordinary, like you.

Everything they have accomplished is a result of their own quest for self-love and self-discovery. If you want to start your own inspiring journey, what you need to focus on today is to be a better version of yourself, as a woman, and as a person.

Here are the ways to be a better woman.

1. Love yourself.
The first step to being a better woman is to focus on self-love. It is not the same as being selfish; it’s actually pouring yourself with enough love so that you can share this same love to other people: for your friends, your family, and perhaps, for a special someone.

People who love themselves know how to take care of others because they know exactly how to give and share love selflessly, without expecting anything in return. Selflessness does not only make them a better person but also a better woman.

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2. Know your worth.
If you want to become a better version of yourself, you have to know your worth. If you know your worth, you have an idea of how other people should treat you – and you will recognize the signs when others are already exploiting you or taking advantage of you.

Great women know that they should be treated with respect; that they should be valued for who they are regardless of race, social status, and even the types of relationships they engage in.

3. Value your relationships.
Value your relationships with other people especially with those who care and love the real you. Appreciate the people who are always around you and be grateful for their presence in your life.

A good woman understands the importance of meaningful interactions. By showing them that you recognize their efforts, you are also telling them that their existence matters – that they matter in your life.

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4. Don’t let anyone put you down.
The words of other people are not as valuable as your own thoughts about yourself. More than anyone else, only you have the power to know what you are capable of – so don’t you let anyone put you down.

As long as you know that you are not harming anyone, carry on with your dreams and continue believing in yourself.

5. Express yourself in everything you do.
You can be who you are. Show your uniqueness in your expressions: you fashion, your sense of style, your food preferences, the type of music you listen to, and anything that will highlight your individuality.

You live in a free world where you can be who you are – and if you find yourself oppressed for just being yourself, or deprived of the things that make you feel alive, then it’s time to turn ON your woman-warrior mode and fight for what you deserve.

6. Don’t let stereotypes limit your potential.
In connection to the previous section, you must find the inner warrior in you and fight off those oppressive and often discriminating stereotypes that society has assigned to women. You are not weak; you are not vulnerable, and you’re not just a damsel in distress.

You are strong and powerful in your own way. The day you realize your full potential as a woman and as a person, you’ll be unstoppable.

7. Celebrate your inner beauty.
You are beautiful inside and out and it’s high time that you celebrated it. If, however, you are still on your way in recognizing your strength and your beauty as a woman, it’s alright. You can start by taking care of yourself: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

A beautiful woman knows her worth, her potential, and her strength. A beautiful woman knows that to be pretty, it takes more than just physical looks.

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8. Be proud of what you have achieved.
No matter where you are in life and what you have achieved, be proud of these accomplishments. Don’t compare your life story with other people. Rather, focus on your own journey not only to become a better woman but to be a better person.

Small steps, big steps, a long stride, or even a quick sprint – no matter how fast or slow your progress is, know that your efforts matter. Be proud of who you are.

9. Have courage and stand your ground.
Defend your stand and be firm. Even if you are a woman, you have a voice and you have to defend that voice with courage and firmness. To become a better woman, you have to understand your role and your responsibility in defending the rights of your fellow women – and of course, of other people.

Fight for what is right – but also make sure to have an open mind. Sometimes, to be a better person and a better woman also means that you are ready to admit your mistakes and the faults in your judgments.

10. Celebrate being alive every single day.
Celebrate your life. The true and most genuine way to be a better woman is to be happy that you exist because you have this opportunity to live and make a difference. You are not placed in this world just to breathe and be alive – you are here for a purpose, either for yourself or for other people. Make your existence count.

11. Be an inspiration to other women.
Be a good and an inspiring example for other women in the world. Show them what it means to freely express yourself and to not be afraid of the challenges ahead. Show them that they, too, can be like you: happy, healthy, courageous, and strong.

You don’t have to be extraordinary to make a huge difference as a woman, As mentioned earlier, the most influential female icons in the world started out as a simple and ordinary person. How did they achieve the feats that made them who they are? Well, you’ve just read the answers to this very important question.

Hopefully, this article has encouraged you to try harder, to live happier, and to aim for your own personal definition of success. Good luck!

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1. Stop the shit-talking.

Is it really necessary to bash other women? Don’t we have it hard enough as females on this earth? It is so easy to say mean, spiteful things about other women who have done us wrong, who have hurt us, or are even just walking down the street. Why do we do this? I know you have done it. I have done it too. We see a woman running down the street and we find something terrible to say about her form, her body, her anything. In reality, we should be saying, “Damn girl. Keep running.” As women, we must begin to empower the other women around us. We really are in this together and we have fought long and hard for our place in this world. Let’s make our foremothers proud. We don’t need to be holding picket signs protesting for our rights to be a woman who is fighting for the strength of the next generation. So from now on, when you see a woman off her ass and running, don’t be jealous because you didn’t make it to the gym that day, send her good energy and be proud of her.

2. Be a woman young girls can look up to.

Ever since my two little (not so little any more) cousins were born, I always think about what they would think or feel about whatever action I take. How I would feel if they did the very same. I am lucky to have quite a few younger women in my life that I value and respect and I want them to know I have my shit together and I am proud of the choices I have made. I want the young girls who take the train with me in the morning to see me and know that I am respectable and dress appropriately for a 27-year-old. I want them to see that I talk to the people I am riding with and those around me with respect using language that is suitable for being in a public place. I want young women to see me and know that I am proud of myself, proud of being a woman and that they can come talk to me about the crap we go through in life as women. I want to radiate the powerful knowledge that integrity and authenticity always win. I want to help younger women remember that we have to earn the respect we get from others. We can start earning that any time now.

3. Respect where other women are on their own journey.

I recently found myself comparing my path to the path of a woman with whom I went to undergrad six years ago. We have the same undergraduate degree and I even went to grad school. Yet, she is working in a corporate office logging 60+ hours a week and making more money than I have seen in my life. Is she happy? Maybe. I hope so. But I wouldn’t be happy there. I know where I am right now is where I am supposed to be. I know that I am developing and growing in ways at 27 that I have never even believed could happen before. I know I am happy each day and ready for any challenges that come my way. This goes tenfold for comparing your relationships to those of other women. Relationships are a significant part of our journey. By this time in my life, I have recognized and realized that no relationship will be the same as the last and I am in no place to judge someone else’s relationship either. Your relationship with your partner is yours and yours alone. Where you are is right where you need to be with the one you love. And where that woman over there is in her relationship, even if you think it’s wrong, is perfectly right for her. Let’s be clear here however, when you see something actually not okay, something that hurts your gut or you know is dangerous or unhealthy, speak up. That, my friends, is a whole different ball game.

4. Understand what it means to be a feminist.

Part of my undergraduate education was focused on women’s studies. This was one of the best choices I ever made. I learned a lot about myself in these classes. Thanks to a lot of stellar female colleagues and incredible professors, I also learned a lot about feminism, where it came from and where feminist theory is headed. Feminists don’t hate men. In fact, it is just the opposite. Feminism defined is the belief that women and men should have equal rights. Powerful women like Mary Wollstonecraft, Audre Lorde (not the singer, damn it), Gloria Steinem and on and on were crusaders in the fight for equal rights for women. Yet women and men alike have challenged this and made feminism a negative word that puts feminists in this group of women who are anti-men, anti-shaving, pants-wearing, unattractive humans that no one can connect to on a neutral plane. This is full of inaccuracies. I am a self declared feminist. I want equal rights for women on all kinds of levels, but I also love my boyfriend, enjoy the results of regular waxing, rock dresses whenever I can and surely appreciate both inner and outer beauty. Feminists want more. They don’t want gender roles to define what we can and cannot do as women. We want more for everyone, not just women.

5. Really love your body.

I remember so many mean things that were said to me about my body when I was younger. They stick with you and torment you. Girls are so vulnerable for so many of their formative years. At 27, I am in the best shape of my life. I practice yoga more days than not, I eat healthy (I definitely cheat, no one is perfect and no one can take away my cravings for fries and sweets) and I love my body. Yet I still struggle. I still find myself comparing my curves to the curves of other women, the size on my dress to the size on hers. I still find myself talking poorly about my body. You get the point. However, I also know the importance of taking care of myself and I know this outweighs the aforementioned negative crap talk. I know that when I am practicing yoga multiple days a week, I need to eat more. I know that when I don’t make it to a practice, I am still okay. It is time for us, as women, to take control of our bodies. Be proud of what you have. Take care of it. Feed it when it is hungry and work it hard when you can. Most of all, love it wholly, every part of it.

6. Learn how to be alone.

This is a tough one. We all struggle with this. But we hear about it all the time. This does not mean constantly keeping people on the back burner, holding old flames around for the hell of it, or sort-of-dating people. It means being alone, really unattached. We all need to do this. We need to freshly go into any new relationship. Not go from one relationship to the next. There is not a set time on how long this has to last. Once you are there, you will know how much time you need. But give yourself time. I know lots of women who have never had this. Women who have never genuinely been alone. Women who when asked if they were single nodded their heads sharing a timid yes, but knew they could contact any number of men to keep them company later that night. I valued this time as a woman deeply. I went into my current, strongest relationship with a clean slate. One that had just been whitewashed with new hobbies, old friends, new friends, travel, and a lot of books. One that did not involve men, especially did not involve boys and absolutely did not involve wasted time on people who did not deserve me. It was during this time that I found out what I was actually waiting for, what was going to be worthwhile, and what I deeply desired. It was here that I learned how to dive into a new space and person will a full heart ready to love and be loved. It was here I truly found me.

7. Be direct and clear.

We typically know what we want. So say it. You are asked what is wrong. You respond with, “Nothing.” You are asked again. Again, you say, “Nothing.” Then you are an outright asshole because your significant other or anyone else in your life for that matter can’t read your mind. How is this fair to that other person? If you want something to be different, say what you want. This has to be, by far, the most frustrating thing to watch in my own life and in the lives of my other female friends. At some point in our lives we were shut down by someone or something and stopped being honest about what we wanted. There is, however, a disclaimer here. If you aren’t ready to say what you need to say, take a breather. Walk away for a minute until you are ready. Don’t put people through hell being in your presence because you aren’t ready to share what is on your mind. I promise the person you choose to be honest with will get it and will respect that honesty, no matter how long it takes to get out. Occasionally, it takes me quite some time to really figure out what is messing with my head. That’s okay. If honesty pisses someone off, tell them to take a hike.

8. Know how to take a compliment.

When someone says you are beautiful, believe it. When someone tells you that you succeeded at work or in some other endeavor, believe it. None of this bullshit, “No, no, it wasn’t that good” or any of the other crap I hear women say. I am sure you kicked ass and don’t feel comfortable saying how great you were. Get comfortable. Somewhere in the past whatever number of years, women lost some of their confidence. Who knows what happened? I have some ideas, for sure. That’s beside the point. The real point to take away with this one is that we, as women, need to learn to believe kind people when they hand us a compliment, really and truly believe it and thank that person for reminding us how awesome we are.

9. Be proud of yourself.

Understand that it is really cool to be an intellectual. It is pretty fabulous to be really great at something that you do. It is wonderful to succeed in something new you have attempted. You got a new job? Go celebrate. You got into a crazy, bendy new yoga pose? Own it and share it with those you care about. And when someone praises you for that very thing you did great, thank them and keep kicking ass. It is okay to be excited for ourselves. In fact, it is necessary for us to celebrate our own accomplishments. At the end of the day we have to go to bed with ourselves and in the morning it is only us. Be good to yourself and happy for yourself. That is what it’s all about.

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“I believe in strong women. I believe in the woman who is able to stand up for herself. I believe in the woman who doesn’t need to hide behind her husband’s back. I believe that if you have problems, as a woman you deal with them, you don’t play victim, you don’t make yourself look pitiful, you don’t point fingers. You stand and you deal. You face the world with a head held high and you carry the universe in your heart.” – C. JoyBell C.

Strong women just have a certain vibe about them, and emanate confidence and assertiveness wherever they go. Most women could probably agree that they enjoy being independent, self-assured, and mentally and physically strong, but getting to that point can seem challenging. Despite gender roles and social conventions, women have risen above the expectations of others and have made great progress in showing the world the beauty and strength of femininity.

It doesn’t matter how you see yourself now – you can easily become a strong, independent woman using these tips below.

Here are 6 ways to become a strong woman:

In today’s world, we have dozens of apps, such as Tinder, that can give us instant gratification without having to form real connections. It’s no secret that women are objectified and oversexualized everyday for marketing campaigns, advertisements, and other forms of media, so using your body to get what you want only further perpetuates the idea that women have nothing more to offer than sex. If you want to form long-lasting, deep connections and attract the right attention, share your intellect and feelings with others.

If you carry yourself with dignity and know your self-worth beyond your appearance and sex appeal, you will start to attract others who also want something more than just a shallow connection to fulfill base-level desires.

2. Follow other strong women

If you turn on almost any reality TV show today, you won’t find much more than materialism, self-absorption, and sexualization of both men and women. Reality TV and other types of media, despite the name, don’t actually portray reality at all. Watching these superficial shows only makes people become blind followers of icons that don’t necessarily have the best values. Instead of binge-watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians, why not start following other strong women who actually promote causes that help the planet and its inhabitants, and don’t use their bodies or money to gain attention? To name just a couple wonderful women to look up to, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres certainly fit the bill.

3. Don’t wait around for someone to save you

Probably one of the most important tenets of becoming a strong woman is not relying on someone else to come along and rescue you. A strong, independent woman knows she possesses all the power within herself to make positive changes in her life. She doesn’t wait around for someone else to pick her up when she’s down or show her the right way to live her life. While emotional independence may not happen overnight, you can easily work at it each day if you’d like to become a stronger woman. Of course, having relationships with others who we can share our concerns with is important, but we shouldn’t ever look to others to lick our wounds or save us from ourselves.

4. Free yourself from the victim mentality

While women have undeniably been oppressed in the past, and still may not be seen as equals to men in some parts of the world today, you don’t have to perpetuate this belief. Shatter the idea that you somehow have less value than men, because this simply doesn’t have any truth to it. Men and women both play important roles in society, and one gender does not have greater worth than the other. However, playing into the victim mentality and believing that you get treated differently than men will only keep the idea alive that we live in a man’s world.

The best way to overcome this belief is by simply having confidence in yourself, asserting yourself, and sharing your thoughts and ideas with others. If you don’t allow other people to control you, and you stand up for yourself if you believe you have been taken advantage or treated unfairly, then you have mastered one of the best ways to become a strong woman.

5. Keep challenging yourself

Don’t just allow yourself to fall into stagnancy and complacency – keep doing things each day that challenge you both mentally and physically. Life just gets dull if we don’t regularly push ourselves out of our comfort zones and try something new, so don’t hold yourself back just because of self-imposed limitations. Strong women don’t let their minds dictate what they can and can’t do, and push past their barriers even if it feels uncomfortable.

6. Don’t depend on others to make you happy

Most importantly, don’t rely on other people for happiness – this will only make you believe that you need someone at all times to feel content. You have everything you need to feel absolutely wonderful about life, so don’t believe any differently. Relationships can definitely provide a source of happiness, but they shouldn’t serve as our ONLY method of finding fulfillment and joy in life.

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28 Powerful Women Share Their Best Advice

Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” This piece of advice from one of the world’s most famous fashion designers (among other tidbits) is as inspirational today as it was when she launched her first perfume in the 1920s.

Recently, when groundbreaking Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away at age 90, it was clear her legacy would live on in her many pieces of printed advice. Among her controversial admonitions? “Marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. Save the ‘best’ for when you’re single.”

While Chanel and Brown were pioneering career women in their day, now there’s no shortage of inspirational females at the top of their fields-and there’s plenty they can teach us. Whether they’ve spent years climbing the corporate ladder, helming a major fashion house or magazine, or building a billion-dollar brand, these powerful 28 women learned the ropes of their chosen profession, raised families, and mastered the art of balance. Here’s the best advice you can take from them.

Sheryl Sandberg

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Chief Operating Officer of Facebook; 10th Most Powerful Woman in the World (Forbes); age 42

“I’ve cried at work. I’ve told people I’ve cried at work. And it’s been reported in the press that ‘Sheryl Sandberg cried on Mark Zuckerberg’s shoulder,’ which is not exactly what happened. I talk about my hopes and fears and ask people about theirs. I try to be myself-honest about my strengths and weaknesses-and I encourage others to do the same. It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time.”

Helen Gurley Brown

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American Author, Publisher, and Businesswoman, and Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years

“Cosmo was all about getting somewhere from nowhere. If you could start as un-prepossessing, nothingburger, mouseburger, as me and get along just by doing the best you could, then wasn’t that a good idea to try?”

Ellen Alemany

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Chairman and CEO of RBS Citizens Financial Group; Head of RBS Americas; age 56

“I know many women just like me who have high-stress jobs that include lots of travel. I have always found it important to take time for yourself to relax and stay fit. My favorite stress reliever is to take a long, brisk morning walk through the neighborhood with my dog, Pablo. It’s enjoyable and a good workout.”

Heather Thomson

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President and Founder of Yummie Tummie; Star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of NYC; age 42

“Embrace your flaws as much as your features. You are a full package and no one sees just one part. At the end of the day, if you can’t love what you consider to be your flaws, then you have to make an effort to change them.”

Cindy Barshop

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Founder and Owner of Completely Bare Hi Tech Spa; age 47

“Strive to be the best you can be. If you participate in a charity, then don’t just donate. Get involved and spend time with those who need it most. Internal motivation is key, because if you’re not pushing yourself, who will? Also, embrace change. Most fear it, but it’s a beautiful thing. When I was working at IBM in my early 20s, I was making great money and exceeding all my sales goals. But I had a gut feeling that I could do so much more and provide a service to change women’s lives. With big risks come greater rewards and the chance to make a difference.”

Alexandra Lebenthal

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President and CEO of Lebenthal & Company; age 48

“Ask and she shall receive! Women often find it hard to ask for things, whether it’s a business opportunity or a salary raise. We simply expect others to recognize our value and hard work. Asking for what you want in a gracious, thoughtful way often results in getting what you want, so put your fears aside and ask for what you want. You might just get it!”

Mary Kinney

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Executive Vice President and COO of Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association); age 59

“The wisest advice I ever got was to build my career on what I want, not what others want for me. This means acknowledging that while you may not be the best at something, you can still reach your goals if you possess the passion and drive. That also means taking care of yourself. Exercising and maintaining a healthy diet are essential to helping manage the stresses of a high-profile position.”

Patti Stanger

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Founder of Millionaires Club International; Advice Columnist for www.PattiKnows.com; Star of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker; age 51

“The secret to being a successful woman in today’s market is to walk to the beat of your own drum, listen to your intuition, and always follow through. If you plan on taking on a partner, follow the three C’s rule, which also applies to finding a mate: communication, compatibility, and chemistry…for without that, your venture won’t succeed.”

Marla Gottschalk

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CEO of The Pampered Chef, Ltd.; age 51

“Find your passion and a mission you believe in. When you feel like you make a difference in people’s lives, it becomes so much more than a job. For example, I know family mealtimes are vitally important. So it is very motivating to lead an organization focused on that.”

Barby K. Siegel

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CEO of ZENO GROUP, an award-winning PR firm with six offices in the U.S.; age 48

“Early on, I was told, ‘Never say no’ and to seize every opportunity. That advice has served me well. Take advantage of all opportunities and step out of your comfort zone. And my mother’s advice: ‘God gave you a mouth. Use it.'”

Becky Carr

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CMO of Foxwoods ® Resort Casino; age 47

“The key to balancing work and family is to be present and focus on what is in front of you-be it a conversation with your kids or husband or working on a business case. Don’t feel guilty about enjoying your work-your kids are getting a great role model in shaping their future happiness.”

Gina Bianchini

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Founder of Mightybell and Co-founder/Former CEO of Ning; age 40

“Success in business is passion combined with fearless execution. The most successful people I know focus on the things they can control and perfect the details.”

Lisa Bloom

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Celebrity Attorney; Founder and Managing Partner of the Bloom Firm; Legal Analyst for Avvo.com; bestselling author of Think and Swagger, age 50

“The best advice I can give can be summed up in one word: Read. Don’t be one of the 80 percent of people who didn’t read a book last year. Reading is mental fitness. It is a workout for your brain. You just cannot get enough intelligent information without a steady diet of written articles, commentary, and most importantly, books. Readers do better in school, earn more money, are better citizens, have happier personal lives, and are more actively engaged in the world around us. Books get our minds out there, into the world of ideas, and where our brains go, our bodies follow.”

Gina D’Ambra

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Founder of LuxMobile Group; age 34

“Ignore people who say no to what you feel in your heart is a great idea. The worst that can happen is it doesn’t work, but you will have achieved the success of simply trying.”

Lunden De’Leon

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Founder and CEO of Dirrty Records; age 32

“My advice is to use your stumbling block as a stepping stone. Take your most challenging assignment by the balls and control it.”

April Zangl

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CEO of HydroPeptide; age 33

“I tell others that no matter what obstacles you faced growing up, with discipline and a positive attitude, you can create the life of your dreams. I came from a very poor background and worked 70 hours a week as a full-time college student, and now I am a happily married mother of two, marathon runner, and CEO of my own skincare line.”

Pam Alabaster

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Senior Vice President Corporate Communications, Sustainable Development & Public Affairs of L’Oréal USA; age 51

“Continuous learning leads to continuous improvement. Commit yourself to advancing your knowledge, skills, and expertise. The business environment is quickly changing, and your understanding of the leading practices, thinking, and emerging tools will help you manage for better results. Be a lifelong student.”

Alana Feld

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Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment, Inc.; age 32

“Always follow up to build relationships. Send a note or an email after meeting someone new, and remember details like if someone just got married, if they have children, moved recently, etc. People like to be congratulated on life events and asked about their family, so it is a great way to connect with people and make yourself more memorable.”

Gail Warrior

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CEO and Founder of The Warrior Group Construction; age 44

“As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I often get asked about how I deal with that issue. I respond that the barriers for women in business are much less today than even 10 years ago. And even if being a woman in your business sector may be an issue to some potential customers, don’t let it be one to you. In business, you set the tone by being a competent professional, so you establish yourself as someone qualified to get the job done and let that speak for itself. I truly believe women are natural leaders and entrepreneurs. So grow your business based on your skill sets and your brain! As women, we have a lot of both!”

Reema Khan

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CEO of s.h.a.p.e.s. Brow Bar; age 35

“Always look at the big picture. I started as one small beauty shop in Chicago and now have more than 65 locations around the world. I took things slow and evaluated the market. Set reasonable goals each month to stay on track, and in the end, you will become that much closer to reaching your dreams.”

Maria Castañón Moats

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Chief Diversity Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers; age 43

“Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues. Other people can give us the best insight into ourselves-and our own limitations. We must have the courage to ask for help and to request feedback to expand our vision of what’s possible. Self-promotion is rarely easy, but it is critical to success. We can’t assume that the people around us understand our talents or know what we’re capable of achieving.”

Tiffany Krumins

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CEO/Founder of AVA the Elephant Brand (as seen on Shark Tank); age 32

“Running an international company, fighting cancer, and raising a child can consume your every second! It was crucial to me that my diet did not suffer; after all, I have learned that the proper diet can prevent my cancer from coming back. I decided I would need to get six servings of fruits and vegetables in one meal, first thing in the morning! I use a single-cup blender and blend: 1 banana, 2 cups of spinach, 2 cups of kale, blueberries, strawberries, carrot juice, flax seeds, organic whey protein, and almonds. It tastes delicious and I love knowing my day started with so many nutrients and antioxidants!”

Jenna Fagnan

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President of Tequila Avión; age 39

“As one of the few female executives in the spirits industry, I’ve learned to not worry about making mistakes-everyone makes them! Women are all perfectionists and find it hard to leave certain things in the past, but it’s best to just learn from it and move on!”

Nicole Williams

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Connection Director of LinkedIn; age 41

“Part of the way people transition their careers is by keeping a vast network of professionals at their disposal. Networking is something women should be doing anywhere and everywhere and all day long, from the dog park to the line at Starbucks. If you have a point of commonality, there’s the opportunity to connect. Something as simple as, “What’s your dog’s name?” can lead to a mentor or the job offer you’ve been dreaming of. No time to go to networking events? Get on LinkedIn and join industry groups and start a discussion and keep that conversation going. You never know what type of business relationships can stem from these types of exchanges.”

Lyss Stern

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Founder of DivaLysscious Moms, The Premiere Lifestyle Company for Moms; age 38

“To be a ‘woman at the top,’ mental and physical health are both crucial to success; I always make sure to give myself a set amount of time a day to do what I feel my body needs, whether that be taking a spin class, meditating alone in my apartment, or treating myself to an extremely healthy meal at one of NYC’s many health-food stores. A woman can only get to and stay at the top of whatever she does if she listens to her body and stays as healthy as she can!”

Katrina Radke, MFT

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Olympic Swimmer; CEO and President of Olympian Performance, Inc.; age 38

“Get clear on what truly motivates you. Be true to who you really are, and realize you are okay just as you are. Dream big and stay committed to what you love to do as you realize your true potential and positively impact the world.”

Candy Crowley

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Chief Political Correspondent and Anchor of State of the Union with Candy Crowley; age 63

“Whatever you do, be so good they can’t ignore you.”

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Janice Lieberman

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NBC Correspondent

“My best advice for being happy and healthy is to pick an occupation that you absolutely love. Nothing makes you happier than thinking work is where you go for fun. My other best advice is to find a partner who is your best friend and who will be with you in good times and bad. And although this may seem old-fashioned…having kids is the greatest joy!”

  • By Jené Luciani

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s most powerful women. The 100 people on the full list include business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists and CEOs, and they control or influence nearly $2 trillion in revenue.

Christina Vuleta of ForbesWomen wrote: “Women now represent close to 20% of presidential, government minister and parliamentary seats worldwide. Clearly, there is still a way to go to reach representation, but this ratio is better than the 5% of CEO seats that are held by women.”

Vuleta continued: “At no time has more light been shone on women leaders and the need for more diversity. From #MeToo to #TimesUp to ‘We Too,’ a term most recently used to describe the rise of women’s voices in the United Nations this year, women are mobilizing for change.”

Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and senior White House adviser, was ranked at number 24 on this year’s list, down five places from 2017. Ivanka is one place behind Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the oldest woman on the list, at 92.

First lady Melania Trump was nowhere to be seen in the 15th annual ranking.

The Forbes list is ranked according to various metrics such as net worth, company assets and revenue, media presence, spheres of influence and impact within each woman’s field of interest and outside of it. Social media power has been factored into this year’s list for the first time.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel retains the top spot on the list for the 8th year in a row, but one has to wonder where she will be next year. In November 2018 she stepped down as leader of her political party and announced she won’t seek another term as Chancellor.

Another leader whose position may be in flux is Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. She is facing resistance from within her own party and from opposition parties on all sides of the political spectrum over her handling of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Newsweek previews the 24 most powerful women in the world. For the full top 100, see ForbesWomen.

May 6, 2010 — — Which women are searched most often on Google?

COED Magazine has compiled a list based on Google search results that is flying around the Internet, sporting some surprises — Justin Bieber comes in at No. 7 — and some givens — Lady Gaga tops the list at No. 1.

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Here are the top 10:

1. Lady Gaga

2. Kesha

3. Madonna

4. Beyonce

5. Rihanna

6. Britney Spears

7. Justin Bieber

8. Miley Cyrus

9. Paris Hilton

10. Avril Lavigne

Washington’s famous women made a showing as well: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is No. 18, first lady Michelle Obama No. 21 and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton No. 32.

Poor Justin Bieber. This is the second time in a week that the teen heartthrob and perpetual trending topic on Twitter has sent the Internet into a tizzy. He has also been accused of not knowing the meaning of the word “German.”

An interview on a New Zealand TV show has been making the rounds on the web, showing Bieber floundering when the host asked him if “Bieber” means “basketball” in German. He at first acted perplexed and finally said, “We don’t use that word in America.”

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It seems likely that the host’s thick Kiwi accent was the culprit here, because Bieber does appear to be familiar with German in this Bravo interview.

Back to the web’s favorite women. Who was left off that you think should have made it? Who were the biggest surprises? Here is the full list:

50. Eva Longoria

49. Scarlett Johansson

48. Carmen Electra

47. Tina Fey

46. Adriana Lima

45. Lily Allen

44. Sarah Jessica Parker

43. Kelly Clarkson

42. Carrie Underwood

41. Amy Winehouse

40. Vanessa Hudgens

39. Katie Price

38. Ashley Tisdale

37. Hilary Duff

36. Marilyn Monroe

35. Heidi Montag

34. Demi Moore

33. Jennifer Aniston

32. Hillary Clinton

31. Ciara

30. Kristen Stewart

29. Betty White

28. Pamela Anderson

27. Fergie

26. Jessica Alba

25. Christina Aguilera

24. Sandra Bullock

23. Kim Kardashian

22. Katy Perry

21. Michelle Obama

20. Lindsay Lohan

19. Jessica Simpson

18. Sarah Palin

17. Mariah Carey

16. Jennifer Lopez

15. Megan Fox

14. Oprah

13. Angelina Jolie

12. Taylor Swift

11. Shakira

10. Avril Lavigne

9. Paris Hilton

8. Miley Cyrus

7. Justin Bieber

6. Britney Spears

5. Rihanna

4. Beyonce

3. Madonna

2. Kesha

1. Lady GaGa

100 Women Who Changed the World: the results

Welcome to the results of BBC History Magazine poll, which features 100 inspirational women from history. In 2018, we asked experts in 10 different fields of human endeavour to nominate 10 women they believe had the biggest impact on world history. We then gave you, our readers the opportunity to vote for your favourite figures from that list. The results – presented here – may well provoke debate…

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Marie Curie, 1867–1934

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Marie Skłodowska Curie changed the world not once but twice. She founded the new science of radioactivity – even the word was invented by her – and her discoveries launched effective cures for cancer.

“Curie boasts an extraordinary array of achievements,” says Patricia Fara, president of the British Society for the History of Science, who nominated the Polish-born French scientist. “She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, first female professor at the University of Paris, and the first person – note the use of person there, not woman – to win a second Nobel Prize.”

Born in Warsaw, Curie studied physics at university in Paris where she met her future research collaborator and husband, Pierre. Together they identified two new elements: radium and polonium, named after her native Poland. After he died, she raised a small fortune in the US and Europe to fund laboratories and to develop cancer treatments.

Marie Curie was a woman of action as well as enormous intellect. During the First World War, she helped to equip ambulances with x-ray equipment, and often drove them to the front line herself.

  • Marie Curie: her life, achievements and legacy

“The odds were always stacked against her,” says Fara. “In Poland her patriotic family suffered under a Russian regime. In France she was regarded with suspicion as a foreigner – and of course, wherever she went, she was discriminated against as a woman.”

Despite becoming ill from the radioactive materials she constantly handled, Curie never lost her determination to excel in the scientific career that she loved. Her memory is preserved by the cancer society that bears her name and continues to help terminally ill patients all over the world.

The rankings, inclusions and exclusions have provided plenty of food for thought. We asked a selection of historians to share their opinions on the composition of the final list. To read more,

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Rosa Parks, 1913–2005

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In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American living in Montgomery, Alabama, challenged the race segregation that existed in parts of the US by refusing to give up her seat on a bus so that a white person could sit down. Her protest was supported by many other African Americans and sparked the civil rights movement which, in the 1960s, eventually won equal rights. Four years after her death in 2005, Barack Obama became the first African-American US president.

  • From Rosa Parks to Martin Luther King: the boycott that inspired the dream

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Emmeline Pankhurst, 1858–1928

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In 1903, the social reformer Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union to campaign for the parliamentary vote for women in Edwardian Britain, ‘Deeds, not words’ being its motto. A charismatic leader and powerful orator, Pankhurst roused thousands of women to demand, rather than ask politely, for their democratic right in a mass movement that has been unparalleled in British history. Always in the thick of the struggle, she endured 13 imprisonments, her name and cause becoming known throughout the world.

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Ada Lovelace, 1815–52

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A gifted mathematician, Ada Lovelace is considered to be the first computer programmer, an industry that has since transformed business, our lives and the world. In an industry still dominated by men, it’s particularly striking that the first programmer was a woman.

  • Ada Lovelace: a visionary of computing

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Rosalind Franklin, 1920–58

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When the double helix structure of DNA was discovered, scientists claimed that they had unravelled the secret of life itself. The crucial piece of evidence was provided by the expert crystallographer Rosalind Franklin – the famous photograph 51, an X-ray picture showing a dark cross of dots, the signature image of a concealed molecular spiral. The life-changing innovations that followed – mapping the human genome, test-tube babies, genetic engineering – all depend on understanding the chemical foundations of heredity.

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Margaret Thatcher, 1925–2013

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Britain’s first female prime minister came to power at an unsettled time in the country’s history, as it faced political disharmony and economic recession. Further trials, including the 1982 Falklands War and the conflict in Northern Ireland, helped to define her influential career.

  • What is the nature of Margaret Thatcher’s legacy?

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Angela Burdett-Coutts, 1814–1906

English philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts. (Photo by Hulton-Deutsch/Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images)

The first woman to have been made a peer, Burdett-Coutts was made a baroness by Queen Victoria for her work on behalf of the poor. Prevented from working at Coutts Bank despite inheriting her grandfather Thomas Coutts’ shares and fortune, Burdett-Couttsinstead devoted her time – working with a Coutts client Charles Dickens – to philanthropy. She was a pioneer in social housing, building homes for the poor, and financed numerous projects, including the redevelopment of East London.

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Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759–97

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An English writer and philosopher Wollstonecraft championed education and liberation for women. Her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, was published in 1792 and is seen as one of the foundational texts of modern feminism. Written against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it argued for the equality of women to men.

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Florence Nightingale, 1820–1910

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Florence Nightingale led the first official team of British military nurses to Turkey during the Crimean War, fought between Britain and Russia (1853-56). More soldiers died from disease than wounds in this conflict and Nightingale – as well as tending the sick – reported back to the army medical services on how to reduce avoidable deaths. Nicknamed ‘the Lady with the Lamp’ for the night rounds she made tending to the wounded and sick, Nightingale continued in her work after the war and was instrumental in establishing a permanent military nursing service and implementing improvements to the army medical services.

  • Florence Nightingale: nursing by numbers

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Marie Stopes, 1880–1958

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Marie Stopes, advocate of birth control and sex educator, was born in Edinburgh but studied for a science degree at University College, London. In 1918, she published the highly popular Married Love, a second book titled Wise Parenthood – which dealt explicitly with contraception – appearing shortly after. A controversial figure, especially for her views on eugenics, Stopes nonetheless was a key figure in publicising her cause (a first birth control clinic was set up in a poor working-class area of north London in 1921) and in bringing to women worldwide the opportunity of planned pregnancies.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1122–1204

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One of the wealthiest women of the Middle Ages – and one of its most eligible brides – Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII of France and then, following their divorce, the future Henry II of England. As such, she occupies a singularly important position in the medieval histories of both countries.

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine: the medieval queen who took on Europe’s most powerful men

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Virgin Mary, 1st-century BC–1st-century AD

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The mother of Jesus, Mary is venerated by both Christians and Muslims, and is proably the most famous woman in history. The actual details of her life are veiled as much as they are elucidated by the New Testament.

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Jane Austen, 1775–1817

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One of the most famous figures in British history, Austen’s novels have gone on to become literary sensations. Often lacing plots exploring marriage, status and social sensibility with a distinctive irony, her works have been adapted many times in plays, films and TV series.

  • 8 things you (probably) didn’t know about Jane Austen

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Boudicca, c30–61

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Queen of the Iceni tribe during the Roman occupation of Britain. In either 60 or 61 AD Boudicca united different tribes in a Celtic revolt against Roman rule. Leading an army of around 100,000 she succeeded in driving the Romans out of modern-day Colchester (then capital of Roman Britain), London and Verulamium (St Albans). Her success led Roman emperor Nero to consider withdrawing from Britain entirely, until the Roman governor, Paullinus finally defeated her in a battle in the West Midlands. Shortly afterwards Boudicca died, probably either by suicide or through illness.

  • Boudica: scourge of the Roman empire

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Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961–97

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In 1981, Diana Spencer became the first wife of the heir apparent to the British throne, Charles, Prince of Wales. Their wedding reached a global television audience of more than 700m people and she continued to attract much media attention, even after her divorce in 1996. She became well known internationally for her charity work for sick children, the banning of landmines and for raising awareness about those affected by cancer, HIV/AIDS and mental illness.

  • Diana: the rebel princess

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Amelia Earhart, 1897–c1937

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Earhart took up aviation in 1921, aged 24, and went on to break the women’s altitude record the following year when she rose to 14,000 feet. In 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and over the next five years continued to break speed and flying records. In June 1937 she began a flight around the world, becoming the first person to fly from the Red Sea to India – she was reported missing on 2 July near Howland Island in the Pacific. Earhart’s disappearance is one of history’s unsolved mysteries and she was declared dead in absentia in 1939.

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Queen Victoria, 1819–1901

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Victoria remains one of the UK’s most iconic monarchs, more than a century after her death, portrayed in countless films and TV series. Crowned in 1837, she oversaw the nation and its empire throughout a remarkable period of social, technological and economic change.

  • 7 things you (probably) didn’t know about Queen Victoria
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Josephine Butler, 1828–1906

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Josephine Butler brought into open discussion in Victorian Britain the double sexual standard that existed in a male-dominated society. She campaigned successfully for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts which provided for the compulsory and regular medical examination of women believed to be prostitutes, but not their male clients. In later life she campaigned against child prostitution and international sex trafficking.

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Mary Seacole, 1805–81

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In her late forties, Mary travelled from her home in Jamaica to Britain to offer her services as a nurse during the Crimean War (1853-56). Despite being turned down Seacole refused to give up: a woman of mixed-race with a Jamaican mother and Scottish father, she had dealt with prejudice and impediments her whole life. Funding her own passage to the Crimea Mary established the British Hotel near Balaclava. Nineteenth-century soldiers had no welfare support and Seacole’s hotel provided a comfortable retreat away from battle with accommodation for convalescents and the sick. In addition, Mary nursed wounded soldiers on the battlefield earning the title Mother Seacole.

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Mother Teresa, 1910–97

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Mother Teresa, born in Albania, was a Roman Catholic nun who lived in India for most of her life. In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity which attracted many sisters who took vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and free service to the poorest of the poor. The work that the order undertook, in over 130 countries, included managing homes for people who were dying, soup kitchens, orphanages and schools. Although criticised for her opposition to abortion, her charitable work changed the lives of many of the most vulnerable people in the world.

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Mary Shelley, 1797-1851 Novelist

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Born to political philosopher William Godwin and feminist activist Mary Wollstonecraft, and husband of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley managed – through her 1818 work Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus – to make a name for herself, even in such high-achieving company. Blending the horrific with the sympathetic, the Gothic with the Romantic, the novel has gone on to become a literary classic.

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Catherine the Great, 1729-96 Empress of Russia

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Russia’s longest-ruling female leader, Catherine was head of the country as it modernised, expanded, and strengthened. A patron of arts and a supporter of education, her reforms led her to become one of the most influential rulers in Russian history.

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Vera Atkins, 1908-2000 British intelligence officer

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In the 1930s, Atkins and her Jewish mother emigrated to Britain from Bucharest to escape the rise of Fascism. A talented linguist, Atkins joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a branch of British Military Intelligence responsible for training and sending agents overseas. She rose from administrative roles to become an intelligence officer in the French Section of the SOE. At the end of the Second World War, as a member of the British War Crimes Commission, Atkins set out to find out what had become of the 118 SOE agents who had not made it home, establishing how and when they had died – she was able to trace all but one. Atkins was awarded the Croix de Guerre in 1948 and appointed a Commandant of the Legion of Honor in 1987.

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Cleopatra, 69 BC-30 BC Egyptian pharaoh

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Final ruler of Egypt’s Ptolemaic dynasty, Cleopatra was more than the famous beauty her subsequent, simplistic portrayals often depict. A formidable, politically shrewd monarch, she was directly involved in the running of a kingdom that faced challenges on many fronts.

  • 6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Cleopatra

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Elizabeth Fry, 1780-1845 Social reformer

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The so-called ‘Angel of Prisons’, Fry was an English Quaker who led the campaign in the Victorian period to make conditions for prisoners more humane. She also helped to improve the British hospital system and treatment of the insane.

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Starting a business isn’t easy. Whether it’s picking a business idea, creating a business plan or attempting to secure funding, a lot of things can go wrong. However, with a solid idea and a strong support system, a woman can become a successful entrepreneur.

In honor of International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8), Business News Daily asked female entrepreneurs to share their best advice for women seeking to start their own business.

Tell everyone about your business.

“Let everyone know what you’re doing. And I mean everyone – your friends, your family members, even your acquaintances – should know which industry you are in and exactly what you are doing. People around us are usually our first customers, and it is an easy way to kick-start your business. This ensures that when it comes to the product or service you are selling, you will be the first person on everyone’s minds.” – Madeline Ong, co-founder of Legend Age

Network with other women business owners.

“There are a lot of like-minded women building businesses and groups focused on women entrepreneurs. Some are locally based, industry-based, even nationally based. Participate in those groups and create your network of other women entrepreneurs … Whether it’s referring a new client, an investor, or just someone to vent about the challenges of running a business, no one can empathize with your situation better than another female entrepreneur.” – AlexAnndra Ontra, co-founder and president of Shufflrr and co-author of Presentation Management: The New Strategy for Enterprise Content

Solve something meaningful.

“Starting a company isn’t always easy, and it’s critical you work on something that means a lot to you. Women’s health – and building a product that empowers women to take control over their lives with data insights – is what drives me every day with Ava.” – Lea von Bidder, CEO and co-founder of Ava Science Inc.

Be decisive.

“Be decisive in your decision-making. Each day is different in your responsibilities as a business owner; be diligent in solving problems and challenges along the way. In doing so, you will have more time and resources to grow your business.” – Jennifer Frye, founder and marketing coach at Clever Me

Identify and understand your audience.

“Be as specific as possible about who your audience is. Identify your ideal customer and which communities she is a part of. Choose a single community to serve at first and stick with that community as long as possible. Tailor your product, your messaging and your entire process toward that specific community, and only expand when you have to. In this way, you’ll ensure a strong product-market fit and learn how to let your customers lead you where you need to go.” – Micki Krimmel, founder and CEO at Superfit Hero

Have concrete goals.

“Not having a clear picture of what you want to accomplish as an entrepreneur could result in many challenges as you grow and scale your business. Having concrete goals will allow you to create more defined objectives that will, in turn, make it easier to execute your goals and make your entrepreneurial journey a little clearer.” – Ericka Perry, founder of The Stork Bag

Don’t let impostor syndrome stop you.

“A lot of women out there deal with feeling symptoms of ‘impostor syndrome.’ It holds so many people back, the second-guessing, the fear. If you know what you’re doing is worthy, absolutely no one can stop you, not even yourself.” – Katia Pryce, CEO and founder of DanceBody

Don’t be afraid of pursuing an unexpected path.

“My advice is to focus on the areas in which your company creates value and makes your customers happy. Don’t be afraid of pursuing an unexpected path. Though Snappy was focused on consumer gifting, the spike in companies approaching us with requests to use Snappy for their employees helped us decide it was the perfect time to test corporate gifting for the holiday season, and it exceeded all expectations.” – Hani Goldstein, co-founder and CEO of Snappy Gifts

Find a mentor.

“Although there are educational entrepreneurial programs, nothing can really prepare you for the real-life hurdles of owning a business. Find a solid mentor or mentor(s) to coach you, introduce you to people and bounce ideas off of. I actually didn’t have a mentor when I started out, and I wish I did. I have a few now that always give me great insights that I wouldn’t have thought about myself.” – Kimberly Eberl, CEO and owner of The Motion Agency

Incorporate before doing business.

“For liability reasons, it’s wise to incorporate or form an LLC before the business takes off. Incorporating or forming an LLC can help protect personal assets by separating the business from your personal affairs. If anything were to go wrong with the business, it’s wise to make sure your house, car and personal assets are properly protected.” – Deborah Sweeney, CEO at MyCorporation.com

Presented by Dell for Entrepreneurs

Today is National Entrepreneurs Day, a day to celebrate the doers, dreamers, and ultimate risk takers who are innovating to solve the world’s biggest problems, while creating jobs that lift up our economy. And more than ever before, women entrepreneurs are making a significant impact, founding companies that represent 42% of all businesses in the United States.

While women-owned businesses are growing twice as fast compared to their male counterparts, only 2% are breaking past $1 million in revenue because they face barriers when trying to scale. If given greater access to resources like capital, technology, talent, and networks, more women can realize their dreams, turning their start-up into scale-ups. So, how can women entrepreneurs get over these hurdles?

We asked four successful women entrepreneurs to share the best advice and worst advice they’ve ever received and how it has impacted their journey. Here’s what they had to say.

Cassandra King Polidori, Founder, CassandraCollections

What’s the best business advice you received and why?

After taking my business full-time, my father told me to never undervalue my time or creations. As a new business owner, I didn’t feel like I could place much value on either. This advice completely changed the future of my business. I realized what I was creating was special, and every minute counts when you’re growing your business. I felt confident in the brand and products I was creating and sharing with the world, and it motivated me to price my products accurately, which allowed my business to grow.

What advice would you give to someone considering starting their own business for the first time?

Believe in yourself! Value your time and what you are doing. It’s important to know there will be difficult times. There have been moments in my career where I have wanted to quit, but I’ve always had the most incredible support system rallying behind me and cheering me on. Find those people in your life who encourage you to never give up, because believe me, there are times when you’ll need them.

Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need it sometimes and asking for it is a sign of strength, not weakness.

How has technology played a role in driving your business growth?

Technology has been a huge driving force for my business. My website and social media presence are critical to the growth of my business, and every year I have to learn new and improved methods to keep my presence up-to-date and engaging. If I didn’t evolve with technology, I’d lose customers.

What do you wish you had spent less time doing when you started your business?

Questioning my abilities. I wish I had the confidence in the early days that I have now. I feel as though my business would’ve grown much faster. Again, surround yourself with others who believe in you, lift you up, and are invested in your success.

Michele Ruiz, 3X Entrepreneur

What advice would you give to someone considering starting their own business for the first time?

All founders start with a dream and often become married to a very specific vision and offering. Altering that vision and changing the path can be a tough but necessary reality.

I’ve now started my third company, BiasSync, and I’ve learned how important it is to be open and flexible to what customers want versus what I think is the best solution. Change in any business model is inevitable, and listening to customers and focusing on their needs will often lead you in the right direction.

What do you wish you had spent more time doing when you started your business?

I wished I’d learned earlier about the importance of financial key performance indicators (KPIs). And not just P&L statements – but rather looking at your financials to evaluate the kinds of contracts that provide the most return on investment, and what kinds of resources are needed to maintain them. There are multiple ways to leverage your finances to help you scale, and every founder should consult with their CFO to develop the KPIs for their businesses.

Additionally, the businesses that tend to scale are rooted in technology, as it increases efficiency, often reduces costs, and provides an overall better customer experience.

Deb Noller, CEO, Switch Automation

What’s the best business advice you received and why?

There’s no silver bullet when it comes to good business advice. I think of it like a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle where every piece contributes to the big picture. That said, it’s not always about the advice someone gives you but the impression they made on you. One of the best role models I had was my dad. He taught me to always act with integrity. At the end of the day people want to do business with good people.

What is the worst business advice you received and why?

Many people tried to talk me out of expanding into the U.S. to scale my business. They told me that the market here is too fragmented, too big, and the costs and time were too challenging.

Unfortunately for many women entrepreneurs there is a stigma against women building large, global businesses. From the time we are born, we are conditioned to think small. Not me. I was lucky to have parents that instilled in me the belief that anything was possible. Ever since my co-founder and I started our first business, I have been fascinated by the idea of building a global business, underpinned by technology that can have meaningful impact. Today, we are a 50-person team helping some of the most iconic brands in the world optimize their buildings. Just this year alone, we’ve helped our customers save more than 3,000 tons of carbon — which equates to greenhouse gas emissions from 644 passenger vehicles for an entire year. To me, that is a real impact.

Cathi Coan, President & CEO, Techway Services

What advice would you give to someone considering starting their own business for the first time?

To network both within and outside of your industry group. For example, I was introduced to the Women’s Business Entrepreneur National Council (WBENC) and the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN). These organizations have been the best networking groups that I have ever joined because they facilitated introductions to large corporations across the US that support women-owned businesses.

How has technology played a role in driving your business growth?

Technology has played a tremendous role in driving our business growth. It has allowed us to serve more customers globally while improving our quality of service. We’ve been able to automate processes for employees, speed up production, and improve our record keeping.

What do you wish you had spent more time doing when you started your business?

When I first started my business, I wish I had found more mentors to help give me advice and guidance in the areas that I was lacking knowledge and experience. Like I mentioned earlier, networking is the key.

I experienced things the hard way and failed many times, but I learned from my mistakes and moved forward which helped me be more resourceful and delegate tasks. Sometimes you have to let go of the reins and just trust the process.

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A female entrepreneur’s advice for women looking to start their own business

As a historically male position, entrepreneurship can be a very difficult undertaking for women. From developing the initial business idea to identifying potential investors to opening a business’ doors, men seemingly have an advantage over women in the world of starting your own business.

Still, that doesn’t stop the nine million women who own companies in the U.S. from accomplishing their entrepreneurial dreams. After all, women are founding companies at a historic rate. According to USC Marshall, women-owned firms have grown by 1.5 times the rate of other small enterprises in the U.S. throughout the past fifteen years. This gives hope and provides comfort to the hundreds of women who plan to start their own companies.

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In my own experience, it’s true: starting and owning your own company as a woman is not easy in and of itself. So when you consider the other typical entrepreneurial setbacks, such as minimal funding, lack of experience, or fierce competitors, being a woman who starts her own business becomes that much more difficult. It simply means we have to work that much harder to elevate our companies to success.

So what’s the secret to success for women in these positions? While there may be no magic formula other than hard work and perseverance, here are three pieces of advice I have for any woman looking to form her own company.

Focus on your self-confidence

It may sound simple, but in reality, developing confidence can prove to be a very difficult endeavor. However, the most important piece of advice I give fellow female entrepreneurs is to have confidence and move quickly with your ideas. Far too often, female entrepreneurs are held back by their fear of failure, especially as it compares to their male counterparts. That mentality can be extremely debilitating. As women, our brains oftentimes tell us we need to have a perfect business plan or product before we ask for help or engage mentors, but the truth of this is our fears have more credibility in our heads than they do in reality.

A study conducted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder than a man, so the unfortunate reality is that many women have to actively work to turn off the self-deprecating thoughts that hold them back. However, it’s completely possible to block out these fears and maintain a sublime sense of confidence – it just takes a little work sometimes.

Ultimately, having confidence in yourself is extremely beneficial to entrepreneurship for a number of reasons. Primarily, it will allow one to have the courage to chase after their dreams and turn them into a reality. However, it will also help starting entrepreneurs to counter the negativity and failure that often comes with starting your own business. As previously mentioned, for women, in particular, it can be difficult to ward off negative self-talk, but to operate with an improved self-confidence can make all the difference in one’s professional success.

Quickly develop your network

As a budding entrepreneur, one of the most vital contributors to your success will be the network you create. From key investors to professional mentors and more, it’s important to keep in mind no one is successful on their own. As you begin to develop your business idea, take a look at the network you’ve already created and determine who can provide you advice, support, and resources. From there, use the connections already in your network to expand upon. See if those people can introduce you to others who will be beneficial to your journey. Look for individuals who have started their own companies, or someone who is particularly passionate about whatever field you’re creating your company in. You’ll find those who will be the most resourceful to you probably aren’t more than a degree or two away.

Additionally, as a woman, networking and expanding your circle will be particularly helpful. Be sure to seek out other women who have taken similar paths or who will be able to support you throughout your journey in a number of roles. Consider joining women-focused professional groups where you’ll be able to quickly engage with others and expand your network. Personally, my experience in groups like these has been particularly beneficial for my career and has given me the opportunity to mentor and work with other women who are setting out on this same path.

Regardless of how or with whom you build your network when you’re first setting out on your entrepreneurial journey, the timeliness of this initiative will be particularly important. Don’t wait long to develop your network. Instead, make this a priority from early on and be sure to put gusto behind it in order to accelerate the rate of which you build your network. By focusing on your connections and how you can mutually benefit one another, you’ll find a plethora of resources that will all benefit your up-and-coming business.

Determine your mission

Women-owned businesses take shape in a number of forms. Whether you’re selling a product, starting a nonprofit, or offering a service, it’s important to determine your unique mission from the start.

For my partner and I, when we created our company, we sought to develop something that would evolve into the most people-focused eyewear company in the world. To do this, we knew we needed to put customers, team members, and our community at the heart of our mission. People were our mission and we’ve let it drive us ever since.

Having a concrete mission will allow female entrepreneurs to take their companies far. When you know exactly what you’re doing, and why, you’ll find other things start to fall into place. This will also help you to develop your network and entice others who are passionate about your mission as well.

Setting out on to the path to entrepreneurship can be a difficult and sometimes overwhelming journey. Being a woman can further complicate that path, knowing you’ll have road bumps and blocks along the way that your male counterparts won’t endure. However, with the help of a strong, diverse network, a concrete mission, and a heightened self-confidence, women can take part and flourish in the fruitful journey to entrepreneurship.

Angie Stocklin is the COO and cofounder of , an online eyewear retailer based in Greenwood, Ind.

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Whether these famous females were inventors, scientists, leaders, politicians, or literal Queens, these 12 strong women undeniably changed the world for the better.

The famous women in this list are remembered for being the rule-breakers and pioneers that showed their male peers what it means to be role models.

Here are the 12 women who changed the world:

1. Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

The OG rom-com queen, Jane Austen defined an entire literary genre with her shrewd social observations and wit. Born into a family of eight children in England, Austen started writing her now classic novels, such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, in her teens.

Her novels are funny, endearing, and questioned women’s roles within society. Austen had to hide her identity as the author of some of the most popular novels of her day and it wasn’t until her death that her brother, Henry, revealed to the public that she was the real author. Her literary influence remains and the themes and lessons from her novels still hold up today.

2. Anne Frank (1929 – 1945)

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most honest, powerful and poignant accounts of World War II and was written by a German teenage girl. The Franks were a Jewish family living in Germany, then Austria throughout Hitler’s rise to power and during World War II. The family hid in a secret annex with four other people throughout the war but were discovered and sent to concentration camps in 1944. Out of the Frank family, only Anne’s father survived, and he made the decision to publish Anne’s diary.

The Diary of Anne Frank has been translated into almost 70 languages and is an intimate portrayal of one of the most inhumane moments in history and is able to educate us on the universal human qualities of emotion, passion, love, hope, desire, fear and strength.

3. Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women in American history and was a poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, whose award-winning memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

Angelou had a difficult childhood. As a black woman growing up in Stamps, Arkansas, Maya experienced racial prejudices and discrimination all throughout her life. At the age of seven, Angelou was assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend, who was then killed by her uncles as revenge. The incident traumatised Angelou to the point that she became a virtual mute for many years.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as well as her other works have been one of the loudest voices in the civil rights movement, and explore subjects such as identity, rape, racism, and literacy, and illustrate how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.

4. Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603)

“Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.”

Elizabeth called herself ‘The Virgin Queen’ because she chose to marry her country instead of a man. It might seem like ancient history now, but Queen Elizabeth I is one of the most successful monarchs in British history, and under her, England became a major European power in politics, commerce and the arts.

Elizabeth had a rocky road to the throne and technically should never have been allowed to reign, both because she was a woman and because her mother was Anne Boleyn, the much-hated ex-wife of Henry VIII.

However, Elizabeth I proved all the naysayers wrong and has become one of the greatest female leaders. Known for her intelligence, cunning and hot-temper, ‘The Virgin Queen’ was one truly one of the great women in history.

5. Catherine the Great (1729 – 1796)

“Power without a nation’s confidence is nothing.”

Catherine the Great is one of the world’s great historical figures and the Prussian-born Queen is one of the more ruthless women to make this list.

Stuck in a loveless marriage to the King of Russia, Catherine orchestrated a coup to overthrow her wildly unpopular husband Peter III, and then named herself Empress of the Russian Empire in 1762.

Catherine is credited for modernising Russia and established the first state-funded school for girls, reeled back the power of the church within the state and encouraged the development of the economy, trade and the arts.

She is also known for her healthy sexual appetite, having numerous lovers right up until her death who she would often gift with an abundance of jewels and titles before sending them on their way to make room for their replacement. Now there’s a woman who knows what she wants.

6. Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883)

“Truth is powerful and it prevails.”

Sojourner Truth is one of the most inspirational black women in America’s history and her words belong to one of the most famous speeches by any woman. An African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Truth delivered a now famous speech at the Ohio Women’s Right’s Convention in Akron, 1851, that has come to be known as “Ain’t I a Woman?”

Truth was separated from her family at the age of nine and was subsequently sold for auction as a slave along with a flock of sheep for $100. In 1829, Truth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter Sophia, but her other two children had to be left behind.

Truth began to advocate for the rights of women and African Americans in the late 1840’s and was known for giving passionate speeches about women’s rights, prison reform and universal suffrage. Truth, who died in Michigan in 1883, is known as one of the foremost leaders of the abolition movement and one of the earliest advocates for women’s rights.

7. Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005)

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”

Rosa Parks was on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, when the bus driver asked her to stand up and give her seat to a white man. Parks, a black seamstress, refused and in doing so sparked an entire civil rights movement in America.

Born in 1913, Parks moved to Alabama at age 11, and attended a laboratory school at the Alabama State Teachers’ College for Negroes, until she had to leave in 11th grade to care for her ill grandmother.

Before 1955, Parks was a member of Montgomery’s African-American community and in 1943 joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP, where she became chapter secretary.

In 1955, Alabama was still governed by segregation laws and had a policy for municipal buses where white citizens only were allowed to sit in the front, and black men and women had to sit in the back. On December 1st, there were no more seats left in the white section, so the bus conductor told the four black riders to stand and give the white man a whole row. Three obeyed, Parks did not.

Parks was subsequently arrested, and her actions sparked a wave of protests across America. When she died at the age of 92 on October 24, 2005, she became the first woman in the nation’s history to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

8. Malala Yousafzai (1997 – )

“I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.”

Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan on July 12, 1997. Yousafzai’s father was a teacher and ran an all-girls school in her village, however when the Taliban took over her town they enforced a ban on all girls going to school. In 2012, at the age of 15, Malala publicly spoke out on women’s rights to education and as a result, a gunman boarded her school bus and shot the young activist in the head.

Malala survived.

Yousafzai moved to the UK where she has become a fierce presence on the world stage and became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, at 17 years old. Malala is currently studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

9. Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Polish-born Marie Curie was a pioneering physicist and scientist, who coined the term radioactivity, discovered two new elements (radium and polonium) and developed a portable x-ray machine.

Currie was the first person (not woman) who has won two separate Noble Prizes, one for physics and another for chemistry, and to this day Curie is the only person, regardless of gender, to receive Noble prizes for two different sciences.

Currie faced near constant adversity and discrimination throughout her career, as science and physics was such a male-dominated field, but despite this, her research remains relevant and has influenced the world of science to this day.

10. Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852)

“That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show.”

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and the world’s first computer programmer. Lovelace was born into privilege as the daughter of a famously unstable romantic poet, Lord Byron (who left her family when Ada was just 2 months old) and Lady Wentworth.

Ada was a charming woman of society who was friends with people such as Charles Dickens, but she is most famous for being the first person ever to publish an algorithm intended for a computer, her genius being years ahead of her time.

Lovelace died of cancer at 36, and it took nearly a century after her death for people to appreciate her notes on Babbage’s Analytical Engine, which became recognised as the first description for computer and software, ever.

11. Edith Cowan (1861 – 1932)

“Women are very desirous of their being placed on absolutely equal terms with men. We ask for neither more nor less than that.”

Her face is on our $50 dollar note and she has a University named after her in Western Australia, but what you may not know is that Edith Cowan was Australia’s first ever female member of parliament and a fierce women’s rights activist.

Edith’s childhood was traumatic, to say the least. Her mother died while giving birth when Cowan was just seven years old, and her father was accused and then convicted of murdering his second wife when she was 15 and was subsequently executed.

From a young age Edith was a pioneer for women’s rights, and her election to parliament at 59 in 1921, was both unexpected and controversial.

During her time in parliament Cowan pushed through legislation which allowed women to be involved in the legal profession, promoted migrant welfare and sex education in schools and placed mothers on equal position with fathers when their children died without having made a will.

Edith died at age 70, but her legacy remains to this day.

12. Amelia Earhart

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

Amelia Earhart was the definition of a rule breaker. An American aviator who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the US, Amelia was a pioneering aviator and a true female trailblazer.

Earhart refused to be boxed in by her gender from a young age, born in Kansas in 1897 Amelia played basketball growing up, took auto repair courses and briefly attended college. In 1920, Earhart began flying lessons and quickly became determined to receive her pilot’s license, passing her flight test in December 1921.

Earhart set multiple aviation records, but it was her attempt at being the first person to circumnavigate the globe which led to her disappearance and presumed death. In July 1937, Earhart disappeared somewhere over the Pacific, her plane wreckage has never been found and to this day, her disappearance remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century.

NOTE: All women are beautiful in their own right. There is no accurate measure for beauty. This list is based on Internet polls and searches.

We all know beauty is on the inside, and different people find different things attractive. For some, it’s all on the outside, while for others it’s something like a sense of humour or a free spirit. Either way, with different countries comes different cultures, and that leads to all a hundred different kinds of beauty – inside and out.

Here are some of the countries with the most beautiful women in the world.

#17 Sweden

They usually have eyes you’d want to drown in and are sporty and elegant. This one’s a no-brainer. Recognise this stunner below? She was in Troy, and she played Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world.

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#16 Philippines

They’re fun, cute and also ranked second with the most wins in the “The Big Four International Beauty Pageants”.

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#15 UK

They’re charismatic, eloquent and also have some lovely cheekbones. They’re also super confident.

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#14 India

India is home to some of the most unpredictable, earthy and charming women in the world. We all know just how amazing Indian women can be.

#13 USA

Sporty and fun-loving, American women have their own kind of offhand attractiveness.

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#12 Argentina

Argentinian women have their own kind of beauty, which is instantly recognisable but hard to pin down. They’re unique.

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#11 Australia

Living by the beach has it’s perks, as stunners like Margot Robbie will surely testify to. I think it’s all in the right kind of tan.

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#10 Canada

They’re some of the nicest people around, which is it’s own kind of beauty. They’re also super chill and easy to hang with.

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#9 Netherland

They’re open minded, tall and pretty accepting about different world views, which is hard to find and pretty attractive.

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#8 Italy

A penchant for fashion and that distinct accent makes most Italian women quite an exotic catch.

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#7 Venezuela

They hold the title for the most number of beauty pageants won. Don’t need any more info than that!

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#6 Russia

Their accents mixed with their national love for vodka is a match that very few people can truly resist, right up until your liver gives up.

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#5 Colombia

They have the perfect tan, as Sofia Vergara so aptly shows. Again, beautiful and exotic.

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#4 Denmark

Danish women are straight up gorgeous. They look like the wives of vikings, which is cool enough for me.

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#3 South Korea

They’re cute, bubbly and have the best poses for pictures. Plus, they’re boatloads of fun!

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#2 Ukraine

Ukraine was actually voted as having some of the most beautiful women in the world. They’re unexplainably pretty, and the fact that Mila Kunis is from here is also a plus!

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#1 Brazil

They’re sporty, tanned and give off a natural beach vibe. What else does one want?

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