There are innumerable women worth admiring, whether it’s because they have personally made an impact in your individual life or because they’re changing the world as we know it. These women are out there, breaking barriers that still exist for women, whether it’s within a certain field, for women of color, or for some other special reason.
Along with her sister, Venus, Serena arrived on the tennis scene ready to make a splash. Tennis has not traditionally been a place where black women were often seen, especially at the top tier, but that never stopped the Williams sisters. Although Venus had to retire early due to health issues, Serena has gone on not only to make history through the sport but to use her fame and popularity for several social changes and activism, including for women’s issues.
J. K. Rowling
One of the most famous modern authors in existence, J.K. Rowling is worthy of admiration on several points. She was a single mother on welfare when she wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S.), writing late at night after working long days and taking care of her children. Once she had the wild success of her books, inspiring millions of children (and adults) to read, she has used her money and popularity for a number of social justice issues.
Although deceased, Mother Teresa remains one to admire. Successful in her own way, she was able to influence world leaders and celebrities of every type. She shone with compassion and love but she also had a backbone and wasn’t afraid to tell anyone, including world leaders, that they were doing wrong if she believed it to be true.
Benazir Bhutto was the first female Pakistani Prime Minister as well as the first female Muslim leader. She was a tremendously brave, intelligent, and successful woman worth admiring. Regrettably, she was killed by terrorists in 2007 but that won’t change the good she did and all that she represents.
Dr. Temple Grandin is a professor and activist. She has autism and invented the “hug box,” used to calm people on the spectrum, and is a major advocate for those on the autism spectrum as well. She also is a tremendous advocate for animal rights and uses her popularity as a platform for that issue as well.