Who run the world? Girls. If you don't already know that, it's way past time that you knew. In 2016, women made up 57% of the U.S. workforce and collectively owned almost 10 million businesses across the country. Four times more women are obtaining a higher education than they were in seventies. Although there's still a huge gap between female and male leaders in the world, women are taking a stand and working to change that. At the New Economy Forum in Singapore, leaders from all around globe gathered to address ongoing challenges in the world including inclusivity. Several of the female leaders at the summit noted the lack of diversity in top positions including one of the most influential women in the world Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. She knows that in order for businesses to yield better results, they need to "bring more women to the business". At the summit, the Director of the London School of Economics, Minouche Shafik also talked about the need for more female roles in the work force. Her advice to women seeking to move up in the business world was to invest their education and skills as well as to do something you're passionate about. We couldn't agree more!

 

Having more women in charge is honestly good for everyone. Statistics shows that when businesses get the diverse range of input and ideas that women provide, they see more success. Entire economies improve when more women are able to work and contribute. Women also face less harassment and discrimination when there are more female leaders around. While strong women have always been around, there has never been a bigger influx of women taking control of their lives and fighting to be seen as there are today. More women are becoming political leaders, gaining economic control, influencing industries, and starting their own businesses.

Because we're all for empowering and inspiring women, we wanted to highlight some #girlbosses who have taken control of their lives and have decided to run their own businesses.

 

Stacey-Ann Cole is an artist and illustrator based out of Peterborough, UK. She sells greeting cards, artwork prints, brooches, and other items with African American and Caribbean themes. You can check out her Etsy shop to see all the beautiful items she has for sale.

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This ceramics company was founded by friends Hana and Joana after the two of them went through their own transformative life experiences. They started the business and named it Uno + Ichi to represent two people from different backgrounds coming together. Uno means one in Spanish and ichi means the same in Japanese. They sell a wide variety of quirky and cute mugs, planters, plates, and more.

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Carla Christine first tried doing yoga back in 2011 and since then, her life has changed forever. While she loved practicing and teaching yoga, she noticed that the community was missing spaces and opportunities for black yogis. Rather than just talk about how to solve this, she decided to put the plan to action by creating Yoga Green Book, an online space where people of color can feel safe learning and practicing yoga through online instructors.

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Mariela Belen started and owns the Etsy shop Crystals and Succulents. She doesn't actually sell succulents but she does sell a wide collection of gemstones in different colors as well copper rings.

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Monica, Dorcas, and Oana started To: Her as a way to celebrate and support the beauty and diversity of women everywhere. They sell greeting cards for all occasions that contain encouraging and uplifting messages. Their cards truly speak to women of all ages, colors, and shapes.

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Bon Vivant Boxes was founded by Steely Dipuccio Anderson who had always worked in sales and customer service jobs. After noticing how difficult it was to find unique gifts for her clients, she decided to change the problem herself. She started her business in which she creates beautiful and thought out gift boxes for every occasion.

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We hope that these women have inspired you to be the boss of your own life! No matter what it is that you want to do, you don't have to wait for someone to hand you the opportunity. There's never been a better time to take charge and be heard. Be strong, be confident, and know that women are capable of anything and everything.

 

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