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The past year may have halted a lot of plans and excitement, but one thing COVID could not stop was inspiring women. Here at GNL, female empowerment is what motivates us every day. As the year comes to a close, we want to share some of the most inspiring women in our lives and in yours! 

Our staff and our newsletter subscribers tell all about their biggest female inspirations:

  • “Taylor Swift. She reinvented herself yet again, and continually proves what it means to be a strong female in an industry where men have the power.”

  • “Kamala Harris. She withstood racism, sexism, and unwarranted criticism with style and grace. She became the first female Vice President in US history who also is a woman of color. She has inspired many people and demonstrated the representation little brown and black girls need.”

  • “My Nana. She lost two sons several years before she passed. While I did not know it at the time, she taught me how to survive the loss of a child.”

  • “Hoda Kotb was definitely my biggest female inspiration of 2020. She has always been a role model for me as her happiness and positivity radiate everywhere! I had the privilege of meeting her before COVID hit the US, and it was nothing short of amazing. I am now reading her book, I Really Needed This Today, and it keeps me motivated even though things definitely got tough this year. Hoda is such an inspiration.”

  • “Greta Thunberg It’s amazing to see someone so young who is so passionate about a cause.”

  • Nia Peeples. She is my 2020 female inspiration because she has inspired me to know my craft and to not let anyone tell me what I can and cannot do. Nia Peeples is a legend in the entertainment industry, and I would like to have a long career just like her. Nia Peeples is my biggest female inspiration for 2020.”

  • Teachers. While I believe they are amazing on a normal day, the days of 2020 were anything but normal. To see them first-hand switch from in-person to virtual learning while staying positive and upbeat for the kids is just fantastic.”

Shoutout to all of the inspiring women who got us through 2020 and paved the way for even more empowerment in 2021!