International Women’s Day

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Today is March 8th, which doesn’t mean much. But it is also International Women’s Day and I wanted to honor this day by posting about 2 women who I believe exemplify who a woman is in today’s world. They push barriers, they start conversations and open doors, and in ways big and small, they fight the daily fight for women’s equality.

I can’t tell you how many recent tweets and facebook posts I’ve seen that read something like this: “Who the hell is Lupita?

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Allow me to introduce you: Lupita caught us all off-guard by taking the award season by storm this year. IMHO, she couldn’t be touched on the red carpet. Her bold colors and fashion choices are what  drew me in to her, but it was her speech while accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “12 Years A Slave” that impressed me & left me wanting more. I decided to do my homework on this newbie, and the more I learned of her, the more I fell in love with what she stands for. We’ve only finished 2 months of this calendar year, but she’s already got my vote for person of the year. I can’t wait to see what she does next. (If you appreciated her Oscar speech, you should check out her Black Women in Hollywood speech here).

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Beyonce has been my girl for a few years now. I love her attitude, I love her style, and I love what she stands for. She’s married to one of the most influential men in the world and has yet to be over-shadowed by him. She’s got more talent than is fair for anyone to have, she’s got just the right amount of sass, and somehow manages to exude the perfect balance of confidence and graciousness. Anytime I’m in need of a pick-me-up, I know I can throw on one of her tracks or pull up her tumblr account, and that almost always does the trick. I’m not at all afraid to admit that I often ask myself, “What would Beyonce do?” She embodies my definition of a business woman, a family woman, and an all around strong woman.

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What women do you think lead the charge in equality? How do you think they should be celebrated?

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