In celebration of the one year anniversary of La Femme Collective alongside International Women's Day, we have crafted our own (and we believe better) version of modern day dating apps. We present to you the LFC Career Matcher, where you can view profiles of some of our favorite women.
Please use today as a day to spread love, acceptance, and strength. In times like these, we need a reminder that we are one united community despite our differences, and we all succeed when we support each other.
Name: Reshma Saujani
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Career: Founder of Girls Who Code
Profile: From Chicago, Illinois, but of Gujarati Indian descent, Reshma Saujani is the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. Besides for dipping her toes into the political pool in 2010 (along with her run for Congress, she served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City), Saujani founded one of LFC’s favorite non-profits: Girls Who Code.
As the Founder of Girls Who Code, Saujani has actively fought for gender equality in STEM fields. Her work is based around an issue she saw during her political careers – a lack of gender equality in computer classes. Girls make up more than half the group of AP test-takers, according to ComputerScience.Org, however, boys outnumber girls 4 to 1 when it comes to taking the computer science AP exam. According to the Girls Who Code website, the biggest drop off for young girls’ interest in tech happens between the ages of 13-17. The mission of Girls Who Code: to close the gender gap in technology.
On top of all of her aforementioned accomplishments, Saujani is an author as well. She wrote Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, a book encouraging women of leadership to try embracing risk and failure, while also promoting mentorship and sponsorship.
Girls Who Code has now reached over 40,000 girls and has a presence in over 42 states.
Profile written by: Nora Henick
Name: Elaine Welteroth
Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Career: Editor of Teen Vogue
Profile: Elaine Welteroth is an American journalist; after getting her degree in mass communication/media studies (with a minor in journalism) from California State University, she proceeded into the competitive field of women's magazines. With roles mainly focused in the beauty section, she progressed to bigger names, from Ebony magazine, to Glamour before becoming Beauty & Health editor at Teen Vogue in 2012, the first African American woman to hold the position. In May 2016 she was appointed editor.
I'm not ashamed to say that I hadn't heard of Welteroth until Teen Vogue's somewhat controversial coverage of the US presidential election. I'm a touch old for the magazine's demographic as well as geographically disconnected. I had heard of her, but decided I loved her after her recent appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
In less than twelve months under her leadership, Teen Vogue's content and reputation has evolved as a bold, intelligent reflection of the diverse interests of young women today. By understanding girls enough to recognize an incredible variety of passions, politics, identities and beyond, she is creating real waves of change, setting a wonderful example for both readers and media leaders of how they should respect and encourage the intelligence of young women.
Profile written by: Gemma Styles
Name: Elizabeth Warren
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Career: Senior United States Senator from Massachusetts
Profile: This is a woman who has twice been named one of America's 100 most influential people by TIME magazine, has been a law professor at Harvard since 1992, and has written 10 books, 3 of which that are national best-sellers. That is an impressive resume to say the least.
Elizabeth has made her life’s work fighting for middle class families and protecting the rights of everyone living in the United States, including immigrants and refugees. She publicly supports diversity in our country, which she believes to make us stronger, more innovative, and more creative. After the financial crisis in 2008, the Boston Globe named her Bostonian of the Year in 2009 for her oversight efforts in serving as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. She rightly received immense praise for her persistent efforts to protect taxpayers, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to ensure strict oversight of the Bush and Obama Administrations.
The intelligence, boldness, and courage that Elizabeth Warren embodies is something we all, not just women, can be inspired by. Her tireless work ethic and selfless core values led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she led the establishment of to hold financial institutions accountable and to protect consumers from financial tricks and traps. This world truly needs more people like Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Profile written by: Jenna Rosenberg
Name: Adwoa Aboah
Hometown: London, England
Career: Model & Founder of Gurls Talk
Profile: Adwoa Aboah is an internationally known supermodel, having walked the runway all over the world. She has graced the covers of ID-Magazine as well as Vogue Italia, and is the face for Calvin Klein and H&M. Having grown up with parents involved in the fashion world, modeling came naturally to Adwoa. While she started in her teens, Adwoa is now using her platform to build her brand, Gurls Talk.
In a video for StyleLikeU, Adwoa opened up about battling with addiction, depression, and anxiety. Since becoming sober, Adwoa became determined to create a safe space for girls of all backgrounds. She is in the process of creating a charity on behalf of Gurls Talk to open a space in schools for women and girls to be able to talk about their life experiences freely. As of now, the Gurls Talk community takes place online on her website. It has become a safe and trusting environment where anyone can send in questions for advice and read through her blog about today's issues going on around the world. She shows girls that "you are not alone, and that by opening up and sharing your personal stories, you too can discover that many others are going through the same things." Through this site, and interviews that Adwoa has with large publications, she gets girls to open up about mental health, body image, and sexuality. At only 24, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Profile written by: Taylor St. Claire
Name: Shari Harley
Hometown: New Jersey
Career: Founder of Candid Culture & Author of How to Say Anything to Anyone
Profile: If you're looking for someone that not only captures an entire audience but makes the entire room smile in agreement about all they ways they've been communicating poorly, Shari is your girl.
With a background in Applied Communications and Psychology, Shari understands that communication in a personal and professional environment is the key to success, but it isn't always easy.
Leaving her corporate job in 2007, she launched her own company called Candid Culture, a business management training program that helps everyone find their voice and speak up in an effective and enlighting way.
Far too often, women in a professional environment (or in personal relationships) do not say how they feel because they are worried about the reaction they might get. We have all heard confident women being described as pushy, opinionated women described as bitchy, and that "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." This is all bullshit and Shari will tell you exactly why - and we love her for that.
In any language and in any culture, giving and receiving feedback is the foundation for growth. While her work is equally beneficial to men, women, and all humans alike, I think it is especially important for those who feel like they don't have a voice or feel like they can't be the leader they want to be.
Shari gives everyone the tools to find their voice and ask the hard questions in order to better themselves and strengthen the relationships around them. She is inspiring to listen to and a true leader that can bring the best out of everyone around her.
Profile written by: Claire Jansen
Name: Emma Watson
Hometown: London, England
Career: Actress and Activist
Profile: Emma is most widely known for her role in the Harry Potter films as Hermoine Granger, for which she won numerous awards, as we all know. As the series began to come to an end we began to see her speak out for women’s rights and gender equality.
Emma became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 and dedicates her efforts towards the empowerment of young women as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality. Emma has visited several countries in her humanitarian efforts and has also served as an ambassador for Camfed International, which is a movement to educate girls in rural Africa.
She is very ethical when it comes to her fashion choices wearing eco-friendly and fair trade products. It’s inspiring to see she really stands behind this, both during press, red carpet gowns, and everyday attire. She is currently on a press tour for Beauty and the Beast and has an Instagram account dedicated tour that highlights and talks about the fair trade and organic clothing she wears each day as each piece is working towards saving the environment!
At only 26 years old I’d say this is quite the resume so far, and I’m sure there will be so much more to come from her in the future. I, for one, can’t wait.
Profile written by: Marissa Cundiff