Let’s finish off the working week strong with Firsts, a Time Magazine special project featuring 46 women who are deemed as “changing the world.”
The massive list features Hillary Clinton, Selena Gomez, Serena Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow, Shonda Rhimes, Nancy Pelosi, Sheryl Sandberg, and Oprah Winfrey. All of which write out an essay on their personal historic first time: how they were the first woman to find great success in the field they chose or how they broke the glass ceiling. It is also accompanied by a short video feature where the women talk about their accomplishments.
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Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) says she owes her success to the person closest in her life – her mom. “When I started working my mom was the person in my life that helped guide me through it,” she tells TIME. “She was 16 so we sort of grew up together.” Learn more about her journey and the stories of other iconic women at TIME.com/FIRSTS. Photograph by Luisa Dörr @luisadorr for TIME #sheisthefirst
Other women featured in the list are Kathryn Sullivan who is the first American woman to walk in space, Madeline Albright, the first female US Secretary of State, and even Kellyanne Conway who is credited as the first female campaign manger behind a winning presidential campaign.
The stories are a celebration of the strength of women in all fields from multi-million philanthropist Melinda Gates to YouTube star Michelle Phan. Time‘s Firsts puts a spotlight on how women broke barries and made their way on top. “Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular.”
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Many people underestimated Michelle Phan (@michellephan) because of her age. But at 28, she has become the first woman to build a $500 million company from a web series with her YouTube make up tutorials. Her advice to women who want to be entrepreneurs? “Find a problem in any business and if you’re very passionate about it…find a solution!” Watch more inspiring stories from groundbreaking women at TIME.com/firsts. #sheisthefirst
Photo courtesy of Selena Gomez’s Instagram account
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