With Covid-19 dominating the news, social media and our convos, it can be hard to stay motivated in this time of uncertainty. Most of us will have some sense of worry about what is happening and it can be particularly hard during this period of isolation. Sometimes we need a little pick me up, so here are some inspirational women to help you get through the day.
Marie Curie, 1867 – 1934
In this current climate, I couldn’t write a woman inspo blog without celebrating a woman who dedicated her life to science. Marie Curie is remembered for her contribution to developing treatments for cancer and for her discovery of radium and polonium. Her amazing work is reflected in her list of accolades, which includes being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first and only woman to win it twice in two different scientific fields. Her achievements are even more astounding when you remember that science was extremely dominated by men as this time and it was difficult for women to even study the subject, never mind achieve everything Marie Curie has.
Curie’s work has become a legacy that has continued research into cancer treatments and has formed a charity that has helped countless people with care and support throughout difficult times.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”Marie Curie
Coco Chanel, 1883 – 1971
Working at a fashion rental platform, I couldn’t leave out the one and only Coco Chanel. However, you don’t have to be interested in fashion to know how much Coco Chanel inspired and changed the fashion industry. Not only has her style and design transcended through time, her liberation of women from the old fashioned corsets has forever changed the way women dress. As well as fashion, she also created Chanel No.5, which is probably the most iconic fragrance on our time.
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”Coco Chanel
Katharine Graham, 1917 – 2001
As Hirestreet was founded by a woman and has a woman CEO, I had to list Katharine Graham as one of the inspirations in this blog. She was the first ever female CEO of a Fortune 500 Company: The Washington Post (1963-91). Katharine was also publisher from 1969-79 and was the one who published classified documents during the Watergate Scandal, which won The Washington Post a Pulitzer Prize for its role in the Watergate investigations. She ended up being one of the most powerful women in America at that time, which is pretty bad ass.
“To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?”Katharine Graham
I find this quote particularly prevalent as it really encompasses the ethos we have at Hirestreet. All of us love what we do and have a collective passion for the work that we are doing and what we are trying to achieve.
Serena Williams, 1981 – Present
When you start to think of everything Serena Williams has achieved as an athlete, it’s hard to not be inspired. She is a champion of the tennis court, body positivity and for showing us what dedication and hard work can achieve. Williams was No.1 in women’s single tennis for a number of years, as well as winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the most won by any man or woman. She has inspired so many to never give up and to get back up when you fail, whilst also being a pioneer for changing society’s mindset on what a women’s body should look like.
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be kind, and above all be humble.”Serena Williams
Greta Thunberg, 2003 – Present
A girl who became an environmental activist at the age of 15 is a true inspiration to us all. In 2018, Greta spent her time outside the Swedish parliament to protest for stronger action to be taken on climate change. Her efforts have now grown into global marches and protests, where she has addressed world leaders to take more action. Her amazing efforts to promote a greener way of living has won her a number of awards and honours, including being listed in Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People. She is also the youngest Time Magazine Person of the Year, was included in Forbes list of The World’s Most 100 Most Powerful Women 2019 and has been consecutively nominated for two Nobel Peace Prizes. Go Greta!
“Many people say that Sweden is just a small country, and it doesn’t matter what we do, but I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.”Greta Thunberg
I hope you have been inspired by these women who have achieved so much throughout the ages, and may be continued to be inspired by women across the world.
Stay safe. Love Hirestreet x