The Most Inspirational Women Of 2015

We go, girls!

Jennifer Lawrence
24 Dec 2015

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence has always been an unlikely role model for people everywhere, calling girls to love and be themselves. This year, she played a more momentous role — when it was revealed that the star was paid much less than her male counterparts for the film American Hustle, Lawrence spoke up and started a conversation about the gender wage gap in Hollywood and the rest of the world.  

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Sheryl Sandberg
24 Dec 2015

Sheryl Sandberg

As COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg proved that women could thrive and excel in a male-dominated industry like information technology. But she’s not stopping at being the second-most powerful woman in the world’s most-used social media network. Sandberg has written Lean In, a motivational self-help book for women, and launched a similarly-named non-profit organisation to counter gender bias in the office and at home.

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Yip Pin Xiu
24 Dec 2015

Yip Pin Xiu

At just 23, Singaporean paralympian Yip Pin Xiu broke world records at the recent ASEAN Para Games when she came in at just over a minute at the women’s 50 metre backstroke, and clinched the gold medal. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the tender age of three, Yip has been wheelchair-bound since she was 13, but her determination and will to succeed is a great inspiration for all of us.

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Malala Yousafzai
24 Dec 2015

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is probably the most amazing millennial you will ever know. In 2012, she was critically shot by the Taliban for speaking up about living under their control and promoting education for girls in a blog for BBC. After recovering, Yousafzai did not stop her efforts, and her story lead to Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill. She was the co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest ever recipient at just 17.

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Lizzie Velásquez
24 Dec 2015

Lizzie Velásquez

Born with a rare congenital disease, Lizzie Velásquez rose to fame in the worst way possible when a video of her, titled World’s Ugliest Woman, was uploaded on to YouTube. Cyberbullies left comments on the video asking her to “kill yourself” and “why would her parents keep it”. Not one to let the bullies win, Velásquez turned the bad into good, and began a career as a motivational speaker and activist, writing books and talking in public platforms about bullying.

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Aung San Suu Kyi
24 Dec 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi

Despite a 15-year house arrest, Burmese politician and human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, now 70, has always been outspoken about democracy and human rights. Now it seems like her efforts have paid off — the National League for Democracy, led by Suu Kyi, won a vast majority of Myanmar’s parliamentary seats in the 2015 elections, signalling a new move from the country’s previous military rule to a more democratic one.

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2015 has been a big year for women: The call for gender equality was talked about more than ever, while girl bosses everywhere proved that women could have it all.

As the year winds down, we take a look back at some of the most extraordinary women from around the globe. Hopefully, they’ll inspire all of us to achieve more and be more in 2016.

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