16 Female Role Models: Transforming Personal Pain into Positive Action

Posted May 16, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

When we think about female role models, you likely think about some of the women pictured above – First Ladies, activist actresses and singers, TV personalities, etc. For those even more “in the know,” you might think of corporate CEOs, writers, speakers, etc. All of these women are important role models both for young women and women who are already established in their careers. They set a standard in the media for women who want to make a difference, rise to the top of their careers, and position themselves as thought leaders in their fields.

Today, though, I’d like to introduce you to 16 women whose names you might not know, whose personas you might not think of immediately when you hear the words “role model.” But there are no greater role models than these 16 women.

  1. Anuradha Koirala – Nepal – CNN 2011 Hero and Human Trafficking Activist
  2. Betty Makoni – Zimbabwe – Founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide
  3. ‘Bibi’ Ayesha – Afghanistan – Inspiring Face of Honor Crimes in Time Magazine
  4. Brenda Isabel – Kenya – Founder of The Human Relations Trust
  5. Esther Chavez Cano – Mexico – Founder of the Casa Amiga shelter and rape crisis centre.
  6. Holly Kearl – USA – Started an anti-street harassment website, blog, and book.
  7. Iana Matei – Romania – Romania’s leading advocate to end sex-trafficking of girls and women.
  8. Julia Lalla-Maharajh – UK – Founder of the Orchid Project.
  9. Kathleen Schmidt – USA – Wrote the book “Escaping the Glass Cage.”
  10. Layli Miller-Muro – USA – Executive Director of the Tahirih Justiece Center.
  11. Lisa Shannon – USA – Founded the Run for Congo Women Project.
  12. Olivia Klaus – USA – Documentary film maker of “Sin by Silence.”
  13. Rana Husseini – Jordan – Female journalist focusing on social issues and violence against women.
  14. Roya Shams – Afghanistan – 16 year old girl dedicated to education despite all odds.
  15. Sunitha Krishnan – India – Co-founder of Pajwala, an institution that assists trafficked women and girls.
  16. Waris Dirie – Somalia – Activist working to end female genital multilation.

Truly inspirations, these 16 women are worth learning about and their stories are worth repeating. They have been chosen as role models by The Pixel Project, a global, virtual, 501 (c)(3) registered nonprofit organisation which works to taking fund-and-awareness raising for the cause to end violence against women (VAW) into the 21st Century by delivering innovative, powerful viral campaigns across various online and virtual channels including social media.

Visit The Pixel Project’s website and read more about these 16 women now by clicking here. Their work to end violence against women is among the most effective and important in the world. Their organizations, initiatives, and ideas will change the world today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."