“Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But Men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.'” —Gloria Steinem
With so many boys out there celebrated for their manly actions (even when they are not that big) and so many women doing the leg work behind the scenes, it was time we scratched beneath the surface a bit to at least acknowledge the beauty behind women’s wisdom, intellectual capacities, commitment to success and many accomplishments that come following.
In the 21st century, we are way passed the concern of who is going to let a woman do something; the real question is—who is going to stop her?
Women at all levels, including the top and bottom of societal engagements are actively changing the long-established dynamic, reshaping the conversation and making sure women’s voices and actions are no longer overlooked and ignored but rather—heard, needed and respected.
Relieved of anyone’s permission to be grand, the women we’ve singled out in this article went out on the line and made a mark. They are our favorite “leaders in heels” of the month, and we applaud them for their success:
Rocking the Tech World
Ann Greenberg, CEO/Founder/Inventor/Architect/and everything in between has founded multiple companies fusing technology and entertainment. Her most recent accomplishment is Sceneplay, a platform that automates collaborative storytelling. Gracenote, the leading technology provider across video, music and sports as well as entertainment data has Ann as their co-founder as well as ION does. Greenberg made collaborations with David Bowie, Brian Eno and Primus possible, even though ION still ranks as an early immersive studio.
Currently, Ann shares her success as a mentor to SparkLabs—Korea’s first accelerator and is an adviser to a multitude of entertainment technology companies. Not too shabby, right?
Rocking the Retail Industry
Sophia Amoruso, executive chairman of Nasty Gal, credits much of her hard-earned success to her inability to accept failure as an option.
Starting from a mini vintage-selling eBay store, without any fashion or business experience—Sophia’s quickly created a multimillion-dollar empire with its own clothing line, named the “Fastest Growing Retailer” in 2012. Recently, Sophia has stepped out of her role as the CEO of Nasty Gal to focus on just overseeing the creative and brand marketing functions of the business, establishing herself as the executive chairman.
“The people who told me no, were the people who eventually told me yes,” says Sophia.
Rocking the World of Science
Sara Seager, an astrophysicist and planetary scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has one big goal – find another Earth.
Using the Kepler Space Telescope, this brilliant scientist has already helped discover a whopping 715 exoplanets. While that discovery remains elusive, scientists are a step closer to being able to identify atmospheres similar to Earth’s. By careful studying and understanding the composition and temperature of these planets, Seager and her team are steadily working towards her goal. And if another life-sustaining planet is found, the scientific possibilities are endless!
A big sorry to other phenomenal women out there for not being mentioned in this article; not to worry, though—you are next.
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