Happy International Women’s Day!

Real talk: There are so many inspiring women doing so many inspiring things in the world. And today is all about celebrating them! Since we can’t list every cool woman in the world, a few members of our staff weighed in on the women who inspire them the most.

To all ladies, everywhere: We’ve all got a little bit of that #GIRLPOWER in us. Find someone who inspires it in you!

LAUREN MORIARTY: My Best Friends

“I don't think I can narrow it down to just one woman, because each of my close female friends inspire me daily. They celebrate my successes and support me in my failures. On bad days, they bring up mildly embarrassing memories as a friendly reminder that it could always be worse. Their random acts of kindness, like a phone call just to say hi or a sweet letter in the mail, remind me how much love I have in my life. I am inspired by the integrity each of them have, the kindness they show to others and the way that they bring out the best in everyone around them. I hope we are all lucky enough to have a tribe of strong women who make us the best, happiest version of ourselves.”

MCKINLEY KEENER: Olivia Kane

“So for the woman who inspires me the most, I actually have the super cool honor of getting to call her my friend. Her name is Olivia Kane, and I met her last year while I was studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She’s a senior there now studying type and design and loves it, so much. She’s so dedicated to what she's doing. (She’s designing her own type face right now, like what?) She’s not only this badass designer who has interned at MoMA and has a job opportunity straight out of college, but she also makes time for so many other things in her life like giving me book recommendations (even though I’m supposed to be the English major). And I can only hope to one day be as dedicated and love something as much as she does.”

MEAGAN GUILD: Michelle Obama

“Michelle Obama is an amazing example of grace, intelligence, and fashion. Her earnestness and passion for what she believes in, and her love for life, are truly inspiring. Girls and and women today are lucky to have someone like her to look up to and aspire to be.”

JALIANET RIVERA: Kelly Cutrone

“An inspiring, powerful woman is Kelly Cutrone. She is the founder of People’s Revolution, a banding PR and marketing firm. She’s a role model, my spirit animal, and a great successful businesswoman. She talks about being in a business world were guys try to dominate, and that it’s important that we understand what it means to be feminine—to be kind, to be ruthless, to be compassionate, and to be yourself. She wants to empower woman by encouraging them to analyze their self and work to achieve their goals in life.”

JACQUELINE SHEPPARD: Louise Bourgeois

“Walking through an art installation of Bourgeois’s work tells her entire life story. It’s eerie and beautiful all at once. Common motifs appear throughout her artwork, such as spiders, thread, and the human body. Even though Bourgeois never officially aligned herself with the feminist art movement, gender and sexuality are a prominent theme. With bodies grotesquely twisted in front of mirrors, hands and torsos lying in cells as though part of a fragmented memory, Bourgeois recreates the fear and trauma of her childhood with incredible skill.”

SARAH NELSON: Ruta Sepetys

“As a writer, an early inspiration of mine was author Ruta Sepetys. She wrote Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea, both young adult novels about historical events that aren't very well known. When I read her in high school, it was the first time I thought about how storytelling could be used to inform and inspire just as much as it could entertain. I owe her a lot for making me think.”

“I think between the ages of 15 and 32, dont worry about getting married, dont worry about settling down, dont worry about having a baby. Give birth to yourself.”
—Kelly Cutrone

Feature photo by Meagan Guild