International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8 and will be celebrated with a theme of #BalanceforBetter because “a balanced world is a better world” — and we couldn’t agree more.
As we get ready for this day to celebrate women and continue to work toward equality, we rounded up a few of our favorite articles about inspirational women. Read on and then find out how you can get involved on March 8 and beyond.
In honor of Black History Month, we asked some of Chicago’s top black women leaders about the women who have impacted their lives the most.
Female leadership is on the rise in a big way right now, and the world is taking notice. Here at home, look closely at where the most positive impact is being generated around Chicago, and there’s a good chance you’ll find an inspiring woman pulling the strings. From senator, Supreme Court justice, and MLB owner to CEOs, presidents, and philanthropists, these 25 women are Chicago’s top female movers and shakers.
This past October, Make It Better celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring Latina leaders who are making the Chicago area a better place.
‘Black Panther’ Star Danai Gurira Talks Growing Up in Zimbabwe, Finding Her Passion, and the Drive to ‘Do More’
In addition to her brilliant portrayal as the powerful warrior Okoye in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which was nominated for seven Oscars this year, including Best Picture, and “Avengers: Infinity War,” Danai Gurira has also wowed audiences as Michonne on AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead.” But, while you may know OBIE, Helen Hayes, and NAACP Award-winning actor Gurira as an on-screen powerhouse, you may not know that she’s also a supremely talented playwright with a fascinating backstory.
Watch: Emily Blunt, Robin Roberts and Other Leading Women Share Inspiration and Advice for the Next Generation
Oct. 11, 2018 was International Day of the Girl and ahead of the important youth-led day of awareness and activism, Disney launched a new video series as part of their #DreamBigPrincess campaign, which encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting the ambitious, independent, empowering qualities not only of Disney princesses but also of inspiring real women across the globe.
These women are fearless in confronting challenges and expectations; authentic in their passion for hospitality and educating people about craft beverages; compassionate in how they treat both the people they work with, and those they serve; and ethical in manner and outlook. They have to be, to succeed in an industry where women behind the bar still routinely encounter sexism, whether overt or thinly veiled; being a “lady bartender” often comes with a shot glass of harassment.
When Maria Shriver’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (and later died from the disease in 2011), it set her on a course to support the search for a cure for the devastating disease. Her nonprofit, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, addresses how Alzheimer’s is particularly brutal to women, who suffer from it at an alarming rate.
This summer, local nonprofit Women Employed held its signature event, The Working Lunch, of which Make It Better was a proud media sponsor. In celebration of 45 years of being an active voice and changemaker for working women, Women Employed invited three activists who are making waves in the women’s movement nationally. These three featured panelists are empowering all women to raise their voices and fight for respect and equity in the workplace, on campus, and beyond.
She’s played a witch, a psychic, and a woman with two heads, but at Steppenwolf’s 2018 Women in the Arts luncheon, award-winning actress Sarah Paulson (“The People vs. OJ Simpson,” “American Horror Story,” “Twelve Years a Slave”) played the part of “honoree.”
How does one take the physical scars from a double mastectomy and turn them into something beautiful so that they no longer serve as a reminder of the emotional scars? For 37-year-old North Shore mom of three Grace Lombardo, that meant covering her mastectomy scars with elaborate floral tattoos, a process that is captured in a new and raw short documentary titled “Grace.”
Seven in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some area, from appearance to academic performance to interpersonal relationships, according to research by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. That study also revealed the startling fact that 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating, compared to 25 percent of girls with high self-esteem. Here are some top tips from the experts on what parents can do to help their daughters feel confident.