We hope you brought in New Years’ with a bang, celebrating with friends and family. We stand at the foothill of a new year with aspirations for success—and change—for success. We thank the women who made 2013 spectacular—our leading divas, entrepreneurs, fashionistas, hip-hop stars, politicians, young leaders, academicians, doctors—just to name a few. After a bit of star gazing, here are some of the trending women superstars of 2014. We can’t wait to see them shine!
She did a phenomenal job as President Obama’s Secretary of State. She’s had her social media pages buzzing with our support for the country’s first potential female President. Although she isn’t officially running for President yet, Hillary Clinton is definitely our 2014’s derby horse favourite. She’s proven herself and she’s got the strength. Let’s see what 2014 has in store for her.
At 33, Davda is the youngest CEO of Tata Starbucks, Tata Sons being one of India’s leading companies. As one of the only women in the retail business, Davda looks to expand the Starbucks brand in India. Brewing new coffee in an unfamiliar zone may not be an easy task, but Davda looks to take on 2014 with a stir. Watch her baby grow.
She’s powerful, she’s loud and she’s openly gay. Christine Quinn was one of the leading Democratic candidates in the running for Mayor of New York City and came third in the Democratic primaries. She is also the first female and openly gay Speaker of the New York City Council.
Neelam Johal is the first Indian woman to be representing Burberry, after she was signed on in December 2013. Neelam is a step towards equality and diversity on the runway. Walk that talk!
Many can write, but not everyone can perform what they write the way Issa Rae does. One of the most “Awkward” girls till date, Rae received several hits for her show “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” which showcased plenty of both awkward and black (and awkwardly black) girls stealing the camera-light. We look forward to her releasing a book of personal essays and comedy show for HBO with Larry Wilmore this year.
2013 saw Adele in everything from androgynous black jackets to sexy lace dresses. Winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the French actress works her fashion as well as she acts her films. What we love about her? She’s bold and she isn’t afraid to flaunt her choices. We wonder what her 2014 wardrobe has in store.
As Chief Creative Officer of SuperBetter Labs, McGonigal does more than just create—she heals those in pain. She is the designer of alternative reality games; games that help us develop our real-world problem solving skills by playing virtual ones. Her 2012 game SuperBetter, designed to reduce the after-effects of concussions and brain damages, has made her the international face of gaming. She’s got her game on and she’s ready to play.
Ramya Ramana, 18, has wasted no time in making a mark on 2014. Her claim to fame? The St. John’s University student delivered a poem dedicated to the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, on 1st Jan, which directly addressed issues of classism and racism. She shows us that age is no bar for courage and confidence.
She suffers from a rare disease that doesn’t let her gain weight. While many would shy away from the public eye in a condition like Lizzie’s, our 25-year-old braveheart is an inspirational speaker and a great motivation for many who suffer from body image issues. Her prized speech at TED Talk beautifully highlights the importance of self-worth and willpower. We hope to hear more from Lizzie as the year moves on!
For centuries, only a portion of the Western Wall in Jerusalem has been dedicated to women for prayer. Founder of Women of the Wall, Anat champions the cause of equality that several Jewish women have been fighting for. Having been arrested several times for demanding equality at the wall while praying, she was granted equal rights by the Government to pay at the wall earlier last year. Hoffman is an inspiration to all Jewish—and non-Jewish—women to start demanding their rights.
Who are your women and girls to look out for in 2014? Tweet us @GirlsGlobe and share your sources of inspiration!