Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Changed the World is a multimedia collection that showcases 46 trailblazing women.
Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Changed the World is a recent collection that showcases trailblazing women who have been clearing the way for future generations.
From science to politics to sports to media, these women are pioneers and role-models in their fields. It is a vibrant portrayal of strength, perseverance, expression, and faith.
At first I was a bit overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start, but then found myself captivated with reading, watching, and listening to it all!
I have never viewed such an inspirational and dynamic project focused on women breaking the glass ceiling and being the first for so many amazing accomplishments.
I was often moved to tears as chills ran through my entire body while witnessing such remarkable stories of courage and passion.
Each woman in Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Changed the World has their own unique title such as “The Titan,” “The Diplomat,” “The Mogul,” and “The Philanthropist.”
They have a written interview and quite a few have a short video as well. Although the videos may only be a minute or two long, they create such emotion and leave you feeling inspired and wanting to change the world while uplifting the women around you.
In Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Changed the World there are more well-known women such as Oprah, the first woman to own and produce her own talk show; Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for U.S. President and Ellen DeGeneres, first woman to star as an openly gay character on prime-time TV.
Then there are women who have not been in the media as often, such as Patricia Bath, the first woman to invent and demonstrate laser-phaco cataract surgery; Maya Lin, the first woman to design a memorial on the National Mall; Sylvia Earle, the first woman Chief Scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Kathryn Smith, the first woman to become a full-time NFL coach.
The videos include highlights from their past, including their memories, laughter, gratitude and tears, which are just as astounding as their accomplishments.
A few of the women acknowledged their childhoods, commending their upbringing and the powerful women who surrounded them. Some share stories of parents teaching them to persevere, never making gender inequality an issue.
Most of the women featured in Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Changed the World were aware of their indifference when it came to comparing gender, sexual preference, ethnicity, and age.
“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other…” —Madeleine Albright
Often times, they were the only woman, minority or youngest, in the room at meetings. At first, many tried their best to fit in but realized they weren’t being true to themselves.
“If there’s a part of you that’s hidden, it’s hard to be joyful,” shared Danica Patrick, the first woman to lead in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500.
There is a common struggle of balancing a family while trying to succeed like Sylvia Earle, who took 10 years to get her Ph.D., while raising her children.
Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to become speaker of the U.S. Representative after having five children, described politics as being an extension of her role as a mother.
Shonda Rhimes, the first woman to create three hit TV shows with more than 100 episodes each, states, “Every single time there is a trade-off, there’s a sense of failure on either side and I’ve accepted that.”
Madeleine Albright, the first woman U.S. Secretary, shares the criticism she received from other women for being in the library rather than the carpool lane. She has been known to say, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other…”
Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to become U.S. Attorney General, focused on her family’s commitment to justice.
Illhan Oman, the first Somali-American Muslim person to become a legislator, was in a refugee camp for four years before coming to America when she was twelve. She wishes to continue to shift the narrative for women and immigrants of what she sees as truly possible.
Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, states that we can’t grow or change without conflict.
Sheryl Sandburg, COO at Facebook and the first woman to become a social media billionaire, wants to make it culturally okay for women to be ambitious.
There are prevalent themes such as shattering the glass-ceiling, not staying complacent, never giving up, and realizing now IS the time for this change.
As Ava DuVernay, the first black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, so eloquently puts it, “Really dynamic time we’re in…These times will be studied. So the question is, ‘What did you do during this time?’”
She also shares that she thinks less about breaking down his door or shattering his ceiling and more about building her own house.
Honestly, there is so much more to witness with this inspiring project. If you are looking for encouragement as a woman, you won’t be disappointed by Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Changed the World.
You will want to share it with everyone around you to create such excitement, unification and determination at this time of breakthrough.
Have you read through Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Changed the World? Leave your comments below on the women who inspired you the most.
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