Women hold all the power. They should use it like a whip, not offer it up like a sacrifice.
Women have been on the receiving end of lots of bad things. From scuffles involving white-collar disputes at the high places to the daily dose of fear while walking back home in the middle of the night, it’s too much.
Yet each and every one of these warriors wakes up every single day, put their game-face on and slay it in their heels.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m very much familiar with the concept of Equality. I believe that women deserve the world, so do men, so do animals. We can run away from it as much as we like, but we cannot overlook the fact that women have it tough.
We’ve heard the age-old saying “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going”, and all women in our life walk the rope to prove themselves. That is why this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceForBetter.
We have a hero in all of them and we’re marching towards International Women’s Day. Let us tell you 8 Inspirational Stories of Badass Women who broke all stereotypes and set an example for each and every one of us.
Yes, we know how hard it is for you girls out there. Life strikes you, daily struggles take a toll on you, and every day at least one person reminds you that “you have it easy”. Everyone has seen you fight tooth and nail, and your acts of valor deserve the world.
You just stepped into the “women are awesome zone” and these inspirational stories of women will inspire you to get off the bed, put your best dress on and run the world.
Now repeat after me: Who runs the world? GIRLZ!
1. Oprah Winfrey- Celebrity
You had her name in mind when you read the title, didn’t you? Not only is Oprah slaying it by personifying success, but she’s also a role model for billions of women, men and children all over the globe. She believes that her life’s obstacles have made her who she is today.
Oprah had a very rough childhood. Her mother, Vernita had Oprah when she was a teen and it was all dark and gloomy—poor family, starving, and left in her Grandma’s hands till she was six.
She endured physical and sexual abuse at the very early stages of her life, but she knew good things were coming her way. Oprah kept her head down and started working at a local radio station after completing high school.
And then, she did what every woman does—she never looked back. Right now, Oprah Winfrey has a net-worth of $2.8 Billion.
We all know her influence and how she highlighted countless inspirational stories of women in front of a large audience.
She’s modest, helpful, and she highlights what it takes to be a woman—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Oprah has inspired countless people and she’s still doing the same with her life’s story. If anyone needs a special mention on International Women’s Day, she is the one.
2. JK Rowling- Author
500 million copies sold, billions of Potterheads gone gaga, and $1 Billion worth of net-worth—Joanne Rowling has it all now. We might have heard of her humble beginnings before, but humble is too simple of a word to tell the inspirational story of this woman.
She survived everything there was to survive—a severe poverty-stricken adulthood, being in depression for years and her life’s work being thrown in the trash for 12 times before it was finally published.
Rowling had been told by every other person that she won’t make money selling wands and wizards in form of Children’s Books. She never gave up. Did we tell you that JK Rowling faced all the pressure while she served tables with a baby in her arms because she was a single mother?
She tolerated it all and went ahead to publish the Harry Potter series, something that turned out be an instant hit with one of the biggest fan bases on Earth.
If a single mother raising her kids in poverty while writing books isn’t an inspirational story for women, we don’t know what is.
3. Shania Twain- Singer
Out of all inspirational stories for women that we found, there are numerous artists who sung their way out of chronic financial crisis. The “I ain’t no quitter” superstar proved that whatever life throws at her, she was going to hit back.
Shania’s parents divorced when she was just four years old, and her mother did everything she could to keep her singing talent alive. First of all, since we are saluting all wonder women out here, a big shout-out to Shania’s mother!
Shania’s family had to literally starve several days of the month. But it all went fine once Shania joined a local band in her late teens. And then when Shania was 21, her parents were killed in an accident.
After this horrendous turn of events, Shania had no choice but to take care of her siblings, which she did very well. When all her siblings were old enough to “get by”, Shania went back to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.
As of now, Shania Twain’s $350 million net-worth is the perfect trophy, one that her struggles deserve. It’s not your next-door rags to riches stories but a lesson for young women out there—no matter how hard life hits you, you hit it back with some tunes.
4. The USA Women’s National Soccer Team
In 2018, the women of the US Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) put an end to the age-old problem of the gender-based wage gap.
What started as a global uproar in cinematic and music industry became a reality in the sports industry when USWNT stepped in.
This inspirational story of ‘ball women inspired female athletes all around the globe. They started raising voice for equal pay and maternity coverage.
Not only that, they emphasized on being treated the same as male athletes—from hotels to training facilities.
The USWNT’s global reach is already on cloud nine, as the three-time World Champions are an inspiration for girls to follow their dreams. In their recent SheBelieves Cup game against England, the ladies wore names of their female role models on their backs.
Sporting the likes of Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, and countless others USWNT also made it to EA Sports FIFA with fictional character Kim Hunter to back up the ladies. These women put an end to age old stereotype the right way.
5. Demi Moore- Actor
How many super-hits has this Superstar delivered? We can’t count on our fingertips, hell; even an abacus won’t be enough! Demi’s career jitters started well before her acting career and she couldn’t get enough of it.
The G.I. Jane Superstar had a very toxic atmosphere at home, and an alcoholic mother plus stepfather made it more than difficult. At the tender age of 16, Demi decided to give it all up and left her toxic past to pursue her modeling career.
What happened next was astronomical—Demi rose to fame and delivered back-to-back blockbusters, be it as a lead or in supporting role.
Demi has always emphasized on how crucial it is to take the big step because that is where success lies.
It’s a simple question girls, if a girl with all that hardship make it through and obtain a net-worth of $150 million (not to mention her alluring looks), what’s stopping you?
6. Lori “Lolo” Susan Jones- Athlete
One of the most celebrated hurdlers and bobsledders to bless America, Lolo Jones is the real deal. She’s proven that a poverty-stricken childhood and growing along five siblings won’t slow you down.
Lolo was raised by her single mother and five siblings weren’t that much of a help. The family was accustomed to eating leftover bagels and switching towns every year. Lolo never gave up on two things: Education and Athletics.
This undying spirit resulted in Lolo representing the nation. The buzz went on—she had already become part of countless other ladies who had laurels to their name.
She’s still a part of the USA track and field team and is an inspiration for countless athletes out there.
Lolo has never been shy about how she wants money working for her, and says that she owes it to her poverty-hit background.
An unapologetic, ravishing and respectable figure in the USA, Lolo’s rags to riches is one of the most inspirational stories for women out there.
7. Ursula Burns- Chairman & CEO, Xerox
The American biz is run by some badass women—the stereotype-breakers, the hell-raisers and of course, risk-takers. Ursula Burns, the Chairman and CEO of Xerox personified the never-back-down spirit.
She’s one of the biggest names in the women-entrepreneurs list. Standing proudly right beside the likes of Indra Nooyi and Ariana Huffington, Ursula grew up to be what she is because of her mother’s never-say-die spirit.
Not only is she the first African American woman to lead a Fortune 500 empire, but the first female CEO to take it over from another woman.
Ursula was never influenced by her teachers at the Catholic school who advised her to grow up and become a nun—she set her priorities straight.
After making it through college in the year 1980, Ursula started as a summer intern at Xerox. And then it all began—the rise of a successful woman who started from the bottom and made it all the way up.
She fended off everything that was thrown her way and she made it to the top—Chairman plus CEO. Ursula has never been secretive in highlighting who her motivation was—her mother.
Ursula could’ve taken the easy way out and she would’ve been just fine. But the undying spirit of a girl from Downtown Manhattan made her who she is. An inspirational story for women all over the world, Ursula survived and conquered the world.
8. Hilary Devey- Founder & CEO, Pall-EX
Her father went bankrupt, her son was a heroin and cocaine addict, and she had to sell everything to fund her business idea. All of that never stopped Hilary Devey, the Founder and CEO of Pall-EX from rising up.
Found under ‘Inspirational stories of women’ tab in many children’s textbooks, Hilary’s life turned upside down when her father went bankrupt. She was in school at that time, and the family sold everything because of bankruptcy.
Hilary had to come back from school and help her dad clean tables in the pub, their last source of bread and butter. Many years and two failed marriages later, she decided to finance her business idea of a freight distribution enterprise.
She didn’t have the creditworthiness to get a loan from the bank, but she believed in herself and sold everything off—car, furniture and valuables to fund her business idea. Today, we all know this company as Pall-EX.
Hilary learned from her past, helped her son out of a serious drug problem and owns an $80 million enterprise now. She couldn’t get a loan for some baseless reason, but she learned that body gives you power, you just take it.
We’ve often heard that it takes ‘balls’ to aim big and get it done. These ladies didn’t grow a pair, they just worked hard and got sh*t done. When life gives you lemons, slice ‘em up and squeeze them on your next big idea.
Being a woman is more than what these simpletons think. You have to prove the world wrong to make your point. It is unfair, and these women fought tooth and nail to make it a fair fight.
Next time you feel like ‘this is it’, get set and saddle up for the high road, because that’s what these women did. I hope that you can get inspired from these inspirational stories of women and scale up the ladder. And yeah, Happy International Women’s Day!