Whether they’re on TV, in history books, or in your own home, you don’t have to look far to find inspiring women. Today, we’re celebrating the female friends, bosses, mentors and idols who’ve had a lasting impact on our lives.
I’ve been very lucky to have worked with some amazing female bosses, but the one I look up to most is my ex-manager-turned-mentor. She constantly inspires me to try my best in everything I do, follow my heart even if it means stepping way out of my comfort zone, and have compassion and respect for those around me.
Doris Wai, Multimedia Editor
One woman I really admire is actress Kristen Bell. I think we can safely say she’s done enough good in the world – especially for mothers, young girls and animals – to earn herself a permanent spot in “the good place”. I also look up to many of the characters she’s played on screen, from the sweet and selfless Princess Anna to smart and sassy Veronica Mars.
Nicole Moraleda, Sub-editor
I am inspired by tennis legend Serena Williams. Her sacrifices and dedication to her craft are truly admirable. She is a fierce competitor and always picks herself back up after a set-back.
Alejo Rodriguez Lo, Videographer
My friend Alison really inspires me. She’s one of the kindest, most genuine and joyful people I’ve ever met. She is a true ray of sunshine; you simply can’t be in a bad mood around her. She holds the most creative dinner parties and is always looking for ways to lift up women. I admire her passion and creativity so much.
Dannie Higginbotham, Web Editor
Ava Duvernay is an award-winning director who has never shied away from telling some of the most harrowing real-life stories of racial injustice. She is also kind, smart, and works incredibly hard to inspire and support young women to achieve their goals.
Her brilliant Netflix series, When They See Us, depicted the awful treatment of the “Exonerated Five”, and has stuck with me ever since.
Rhea Mogul, Junior Reporter Manager
My mentor – whom I’ve known since university – is my greatest inspiration. Both a mother and successful career woman, she has always lived life according to her own principles.
Given that she demands excellence of herself and others, she can at times be a little too candid if you ask her to analyse your problems and weaknesses. But she always has my best interests at heart. I learn something new – and gain new insight into my own character – every time I meet her.
Nicola Chan, Reporter
My twin sister is my best friend in the whole world, and she inspires me every day just by existing. I think the bond between twins is like no other, and I often find myself wondering how I would’ve gotten through life without her.
I don’t think I would be where I am today if she hadn’t been there to support me along the way. I owe her everything.
Charlotte Ames-Ettridge, Sub-editor
I am inspired by sister, Dr Kayla Lam. She is incredibly hardworking and cares about her patients as more than clients (it helps that she is a paediatrician so her patients are usually really adorable babies).
She is always very supportive and thoughtful. If you get a gift from her, you can be sure it will be tailor-made for you, with reference to a memory or conversation you had together. She is wonderful in every way.
Jamie Lam, Special Projects Editor