5 Badass women we admire in honor of International Women’s Day

As an all female startup, we look to other women to inspire us to keep fighting for equality, and being the best humans we can be. In honor of National Women’s Day, here are just a few of the women we find totally badass!

Maxine Waters

Why: She’s beyond impressive, and “Auntie” Maxine is a no-nonsense voice in a time of uncertainty for the United States. She’s also has been grinding for the good of the people for decades. A U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd congressional district, she’s the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the United States Congress.

Malala Yousef

Why: Malala is a human rights activist for women’s education and equality. When the Taliban attempted to kill her for going to school, Malala spoke out and became the voice and face of a generation of girls who simply want to learn. She channeled her ordeal into a global platform for human rights and started the Malala Fund, focused on education for girls.

Ava Duvernay

Why: Ava continues to break down barriers – and stereotypes – in the film industry. She regularly tells stories that are aren’t being told about race and its impact on our society. Her latest film is a documentary 13th, tackles race and the American criminal justice system. She’s an American director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor. Note: Netflix has made the documentary 13th available for all to view in a public setting. It’s that important. Go watch it.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka The Notorious RBG)

Why: This badass United States Supreme Court Justice is only the second woman appointed to the court (in 1993). She’s outspoken, a quality not often seen in Justices, and she is an inspiration to women who are trying to raise trailblazing girls.

Who: Women of the Women’s March

Why: This talented and driven group of women helped send a message to the Trump Administration and world that women are listening, watching, and we aren’t going to take shit from anyone. Oh, and the march spurred a generation of women to action and activism unlike anything we’ve seen in our modern era. Continuing their activism on International Women’s Day with a demonstration at Trump Tower in NYC, the women have been arrested. Watch Twitter for developments.