Many strong women have appeared in the media over the course of this year and they are an inspiration to many. Topping their careers and creating paths for so many others to follow, these women will be just some of the ones to remember when we look back at 2015 and how they influenced the next generation. Take a look at what they’ve achieved over this year and how they could inspire you:
Steph made history leading the England Women’s Football Team to the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Canada which was televised for the first time on premium channels at prime time. She captained the team into the semi-finals of the 2015 FIFA World Cup awarding England a grand third place. She is also the first female footballer to be on the cover of the sport’s Shoot magazine. Slowly and surely, the face of women’s football is becoming more forthright and Steph is just one of those women who made this happen.
Her role in the multi-million dollar film American Hustle, released in December 2013, was over shadowed this year when Sony was hacked before the release of controversial film The Interview. In the process, the hack revealed the large difference in salary between Jennifer Lawrence and her male co-stars (Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner) despite the similarity of their roles. Jennifer highlighted this issue to the media, joining forces with many other Hollywood female voices including Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson who have previously raised their opinions on the issue, looking for change in the industry.
2015’s poster girl has been doing it for the girls, showing the world that modelling and the fashion industry can only be as fun as you make it with her signature tongue-out-eyes-shut face. Also this year, her relationship with musician Annie Clark was treated with such an inconspicuous manner by the media, marking a milestone for the bisexual and homosexual community. It’s a great relief that finally, two famous women in the public eye can be in a relationship together and not a head turns. Normality at last.
Almighty Miss Swift has become a household name since the quiet country girl turned pop. But this year, she really made her mark on Apple’s new platform Music: it was revealed that while Apple Music members would get a free three-month trial of the service, artists would not be getting paid royalties for this period. Swift surrendered her 1989 album from the service until a deal had been struck that all artists would be rightfully paid for their music. Sure enough, Apple bowed down to Swift’s colossal demand overnight. Her power over the music industry is huge and Swift is an icon to take inspiration from.
And finally, Emma Watson: model, actress, campaigner and public speaker. We may have known her first for her part as Hermione in the Harry Potter films and secondly the face of Burberry 09-10 but now Emma Watson is campaigning for gender equality at the world’s highest level. Her campaign HeForShe was taken to the United Nations where she spoke about gender equality all over the world and how women in 2015 are still not equal to men. Emma is the new face of feminism and changing the future for our daughters and granddaughters.