In honor of Glamour‘s annual Women of the Year Awards, Kerry Washington produced a short film with fellow actresses and singer Estelle, each of whom recite the quotes of legendary women of style and substance. All were the first to achieve something in their lives, because of an education. Here are just some of the women whose words will echo with inspiration:
- Eleanor Roosevelt: the first to hold weekly press conferences as First Lady and to write her own syndicated newspaper column
- Lucille Ball: the first woman to be head of a production company
- Hillary Rodham Clinton: the first former First Lady to serve in the US Cabinet
- Dolores Huerta: the first to rally farmworkers to successfully bargain with an agricultural enterprise
Eva Longoria quotes from Hillary Clinton’s speech upon suspending her presidential campaign: “And so when that day arrives, and a woman takes the oath of office as our President, we will all stand taller, proud of the values of our nation, proud that every little girl can dream big and that her dreams can come true in America.”
But it doesn’t take the presidency and it isn’t limited to America — a little girl’s dream can come true anywhere if she’s simply given the first step: an education. Visit our directory to find the girl whose life you and your friends can change, almost effortlessly.