It is challenging to be a woman in business, and in a male-dominated work environment, it can be difficult to stand up, stand out, and make your voice heard.
That’s why you should always be looking for new inspiration, and what better source for that inspiration than the women who faced their own unique challenges and faced them down to become legends. You don’t have to look too far to find inspiration from the women who fought before you, and from the turn of the century to the modern age, here are some great inspirational women who created their very own road to success.
Amelia Earhart: The spirit of adventure
It can be very difficult to realize your ambitions, which is why it’s essential that you never give up. If you’re looking for the epitome of that resilience, you don’t have to look much further than Amelia Earhart. Dubbed the Queen of the Air, Earhart challenged the male assumptions of the time and was determined in the face of adversity. If you need a prompt to refocus your career efforts, then Earhart is the female icon who followed her dreams and dared to be different.
Maya Angelou: Overcoming adversity
In a life full of adversity, the temptation is to lie down and simply accept that the hardships are not worth the potential benefits. Take to heart then, the life and words of a civil activist, writer, and poet Maya Angelou. As a champion of civil rights and the writer of the sublime ‘I know why the caged bird sings,’ Angelou was an inspiration to women and the under-represented in the world and used her influence to raise awareness of injustices. Her message of endurance should be an eternal inspiration: “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Challenges may set us back, but by taking inspiration from Angelou , it should always be a matter of picking yourself and dusting yourself off before carrying on.
Lesley Bambridge: Following your dreams
If there’s one piece of advice that you should give serious thought to, it’s that of the founder and director of We Mean Business, Lesley Bambridge. As a woman in the tech industry, Bambridge has certainly faced her share of challenges, but has risen to become the Director of Product Engineering for Sage South Africa, and is a member of Women Who Code, an inspirational organization that encourages women in the tech industry. Bambridge has shared her advice, along with other successful women, in Sage’s infographic on the most inspiring women of today. She has said: “My advice, and what I’ve found, is to continue to dream, to expand your understanding of what is possible for you as a leader in general.”
For women in business, there are a lot more sources of inspiration out there. The history of humanity may tend to overlook women, but we’ve always been there and we’ve always forged our own paths. Look for the best advice and inspiration from those that have fought to get where they wanted to go, and who refused to be constrained by societal demands on them. Be brave, be bold, and have confidence in yourself and your abilities.