As 2019 was coming to a close, we realized that choosing just one 'Woman of the Month' for December just wouldn’t be enough.
Instead, after much discussion, we looked back over 2019 to identify inspirational Women of the Year, each of whom are changing the world.
As we look ahead to a new decade, we’ve chosen 20 women to watch for 2020.
They are the game-changers, the moguls, the pioneers. They break rules, and pave the way, by doing things differently.
Each is driving change in the world in their own unique way. They are LUV Leaders.
We hope their words of wisdom will inspire you to be the change you want to see in 2020.
“Hard work will always pay off, and you must believe in the artist within you.”
Precious Adams, Ballet Dancer with the English National Ballet
“Stereotypes that only one type of person can aspire to be in a movie or on the cover of a magazine are being broken.”Yalitza Aparicio, the first indigenous Mexican woman nominated for an Academy Award (Roma) Goodwill Ambassador UNSECO
“There is no such thing as failure as long as you are moving forward. As long as you are learning, in the end, you’re succeeding.”
Tiffany Pham, Founder & CEO of Mogul Photo
“Now is the time, more than ever before, to harness our creativity as well as our humanity.”
Fei-Fei Li, Pioneer of Artificial Intelligence and Co–Founder of AI4ALL
“I am so happy for Iranian girls because is it the first medal and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold.”
Kimia Alizadeh, Iranian Taekwondo Athlete
“I invite you to join me in creating a world where technology works for all of us, not just some of us.”
Joy Buolamwini, Computer Scientist and Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League
“What’s the worst that could happen?”
Jen Hyman, Co-Founder & CEO, Rent the Runway
“Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you.”
Jameela Jamil, Actor and Women’s Rights Activist
“Be honest about how you approach failure. Don’t just be critical of yourself…Correct, and …move on. Don’t dwell on it. Don’t hold on to it.”
Megan Rapinoe, Co-Captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team
“We are all imperfectly beautiful.”
Lili Reinhart, Actor and advocate for mental health and body-image awareness
“I see women being on Mars as much as men.”
MiMi Aung, Project Lead NASA
“I’m a big believer in dreams…if you want to do something, you should go for it.”
Adut Akech, Model challenging racism in fashion
“No one can live without love.”
Dutee Chand, Indian Track and Field Athlete
“Don’t let people project onto you.”
Dina Asher-Smith, UK Track and Field Athlete
Amy Margolis, Founder of The Initiative & The Commune; Attorney & Founder of the Oregon Cannabis Association
“The most powerful tool we have is our voice.”
Amanda Nguyen, Founder of RISE
“Be nice to people, because you never know what they are going through.”
Emma McIlroy, Co-Founder & CEO of WildFang
“I’m a big believer in visualization.”
Allyson Felix, USA Track and Field Athlete and Olympian
“The female future for me is finally having equality."
Bella Thorne, Actor & Director
“You are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected… you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you.”
Chanel Miller, Author of Know My Name
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