We are always searching for inspiration to encourage us to go after our own versions of success. We may discover inspiration from magazines, books or social media, but don’t forget to look to remarkable people, too. The inspiring women in this list seek to make a difference and motivate others to do the same. Let yourself be inspired and remember: each of us can make a difference and find ways to be an inspiration to others.

Emma Watson

Though many know this woman as a brilliant young wizard named Hermione Granger, Emma Watson has made a new name for herself through activism. At just 24, Watson became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment as the face of the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. Her work can be summed up by this assertion: “If not me, who? If not now, when?” Watson believes she is responsible to take action for the causes she believes in and relying on others to accomplish this will not solve the issues. We should all ask ourselves this same question and let it motivate us to make the change we hope to see.   [caption id="attachment_18336" align="aligncenter" width="865"]A sign at a march in Sweden Photo by Markus Spiske[/caption]

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is a force to be reckoned with. The young environmental activist and leader calls us to take action and be the voice our world needs. She spoke out at the United Nations’ Summit and skipped school to inspire change by striking. Although no one else joined her at first, she soon inspired school children around the world to strike for the climate. At just 17 years old, Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was named Person of the Year by Time magazine. Her bravery has influenced millions around the world, sparking new passion in the climate change movement. Thunberg strives to show the world that the actions of even one person can make a difference. "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,” Thunberg said. “If there is a transformation you wish to see in the world, ask yourself the same question Emma Watson did: “If not me, who? If not now, when?”  

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is well known for her leadership in the world of philanthropy. She and her husband founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a private foundation that has given billions of dollars to causes internationally to improve agriculture, fight disease and empower women and girls, to name a few. Melinda Gates embodies the notion of ‘be the change’ through her humanitarian efforts and the love she pours into her work. “Love is the most powerful and underused force for change in the world,” she said. “For me, love is the effort to help others flourish—and it often begins with lifting up a person’s self-image."  

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Brené Brown

When Brené Brown is not researching or instructing as a professor, she is encouraging others to cultivate courage and vulnerability. She has studied these topics, along with empathy and shame, extensively for two decades. Brown has written many books, and found herself internationally recognized after her TedTalk The Power of Vulnerability was released in 2010. In this talk, she calls us to practice joy and gratitude even in moments of terror. She challenges us to believe we are enough so we can take momentous bounds in our relationships with others and ourselves. Brown says, “Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.”   [caption id="attachment_18335" align="aligncenter" width="865"]Malala and a group of women | Inspiring Women Photo by Alicia Vera for Malala Fund[/caption]

Malala Yousafzai

The internationally recognized Nobel Peace Prize winner demonstrates that our voice is a powerful gift we must use as a vessel for transformation. If you don’t know Malala’s awe-inspiring story, here is a brief summary: Malala has always been passionate about learning. Her father taught at a girl’s school in the village in Pakistan where they lived. The Taliban took control of their hometown, which temporarily halted Yousafzai’s education. She began speaking out on a woman’s right to learn. This courageous act had a life-changing consequence: Malala was shot on the way home from school in 2012. The next thing she knew, she was in England recovering in a hospital and what followed has been a life of change-making on a level unlike many others. At just 23 years old, Malala and her story have impacted millions. She is more than an inspiration: she is a role model for making a difference and motivating the world to do the same. She, like Great Thunberg, is proof that one person can spark a transformation across the globe.   Main photo by Denys Nevozhai