As Smart Girls, we all know that we can accomplish anything that we set our minds to. In the past, it was frowned upon for females to be the CEO of a company or to be successful entrepreneurs. However, this has shifted in recent years and it is now more common for females to be leaders. With passion and determination, it is possible for women to make a difference in the world. Here are some of the top female entrepreneurs that have paved the way for women worldwide. Let their stories inspire you as you work toward your careers!
Coco Chanel revolutionized the fashion industry. She is known for her ambition and energy that has earned her a spot on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Her jewelry, handbags, and signature Chanel No 5 perfume are only a few of the luxury products she created. Despite negative criticism from males during her time, she persevered and is now remembered as one of the most legendary fashion designers of all time.
Oprah Winfrey grew up in poverty, but worked to achieve a full ride to Tennessee State University. She got her big break in 1983 when she started hosting a morning talk show. Her show quickly surpassed all other shows as the highest-rated talk show in Chicago, which sent her career skyrocketing. Rather than stick to just a talk show, Oprah branched out. She wanted to use her fame and fortune to help others in need. So, she created Oprah’s Angel Network which gives 100% of donations to nonprofit organizations worldwide. To date, it has raised more than $70 million. In 2013, she was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her contributions to our country.
If you’ve ever seen the TV show Shark Tank, then you know Barbara Corcoran. After graduating from college, Corcoran taught school for one year, but then had a change of heart. She decided that she wanted to be her own boss. With a $1,000 loan, she co-founded The Corcoran Group real estate agency in the 1970s. After years of hard work, she turned her business into a multi-million dollar company. In 2001, she sold it for $66 million. Her story teaches us that we don’t need a lot of money to make our dreams a reality.
These three women are just some examples of the many Smart Girls who have used their intelligence to create successful careers. So Smart Girls, what will you create?