International Women’s Day

Over the last couple of months I was given the opportunity to study prominent women of colour in leadership roles.

These are my top women and why they inspire me:

1. Stacey Abrams

“Iron sharpens iron and likewise ambition sharpens ambition”

Abrams has been fighting for voter rights since 2018 after she lost an election due to voter suppression. As a result she launched her non-for profit organisation: Fair Fight, and is currently running for Governor in Georgia. Aside from that she is also an author and a trained lawyer. She inspires me as she shows resilience and perseverance, instead of accepting the system she is actively fighting against it.

2. Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris takes her official portrait Thursday, March 4, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

“What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters.”

Harris made history in 2020 after becoming America’s first Black and Asian female Vice President. She inspires me as she faces criticism yet she doesn’t let it stop her, she is also a trailblazer and history maker that young black girls to look up too.

3. Dawn Butler

“I want black history to be amalgamated into the general history of the country, so that it is talked about and celebrated everyday”

Butler came under fire in 2021 for calling Boris Johnson a liar even though many people agreed with her opinion. She inspires me as she is not afraid to speak her mind even is people disagree.

4. Bozoma Saint John

“You gotta go with your gut. It will never steer you wrong.”

Saint John is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Netflix and is in charge of advertising the company. In May 2021, Leading Ladies Africa named her among the Top 50 Most Influential Female Leaders in Africa within the corporate and business sphere. Saint John inspires me as she is able to be professional but still lets her personality through.

5. Dara Treseder

“Success is a full life, a life lived fully, with intention and trust”

Treseder is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Peloton and is credited as being behind the success of Peloton during the COVID-19 lockdown. She inspires me as she was able to help Peloton grow during a time it was needed the most.

6. Safiya Umoja Noble

” Algorithms are becoming powerful arbiters of our lives. Are they discriminating against you with out you even knowing it”

A professor at UCLA under the Department for Information Studies,Noble’s research focuses on gender, technology and culture, and how they influence the design and use of the internet. She is the author of the book Algorithms of Oppression. 

7. Timnit Gebru

“You want people in AI who have compassion, who are thinking about social issues, who are thinking about accessibility”

Gebru lost her job at Google after writing a report that warned Google about the dangers of its algorithm. Since then Gebru has worked raise awareness about the dangers People Of Colour (POC) and specifically black women may face as a result of ai bias.

8. Joy Buolamwini

“Being a woman in computer science… gives me an outsiders advantage”

Buolamwini started looking into AI bias after a computer couldn’t recognise her face but could instead recognise her white counterparts face. She eventually released a movie looking into AI bias.

Blessing Yakubu

Over the last couple of months I was given the opportunity to study prominent women of colour in leadership roles.

These are my top women and why they inspire me:

1. Stacey Abrams

“Iron sharpens iron and likewise ambition sharpens ambition”

Abrams has been fighting for voter rights since 2018 after she lost an election due to voter suppression. As a result she launched her non-for profit organisation: Fair Fight, and is currently running for Governor in Georgia. Aside from that she is also an author and a trained lawyer. She inspires me as she shows resilience and perseverance, instead of accepting the system she is actively fighting against it.

2. Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris takes her official portrait Thursday, March 4, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

“What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters.”

Harris made history in 2020 after becoming America’s first Black and Asian female Vice President. She inspires me as she faces criticism yet she doesn’t let it stop her, she is also a trailblazer and history maker that young black girls to look up too.

3. Dawn Butler

“I want black history to be amalgamated into the general history of the country, so that it is talked about and celebrated everyday”

Butler came under fire in 2021 for calling Boris Johnson a liar even though many people agreed with her opinion. She inspires me as she is not afraid to speak her mind even is people disagree.

4. Bozoma Saint John

“You gotta go with your gut. It will never steer you wrong.”

Saint John is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Netflix and is in charge of advertising the company. In May 2021, Leading Ladies Africa named her among the Top 50 Most Influential Female Leaders in Africa within the corporate and business sphere. Saint John inspires me as she is able to be professional but still lets her personality through.

5. Dara Treseder

“Success is a full life, a life lived fully, with intention and trust”

Treseder is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Peloton and is credited as being behind the success of Peloton during the COVID-19 lockdown. She inspires me as she was able to help Peloton grow during a time it was needed the most.

6. Safiya Umoja Noble

” Algorithms are becoming powerful arbiters of our lives. Are they discriminating against you with out you even knowing it”

A professor at UCLA under the Department for Information Studies,Noble’s research focuses on gender, technology and culture, and how they influence the design and use of the internet. She is the author of the book Algorithms of Oppression. 

7. Timnit Gebru

“You want people in AI who have compassion, who are thinking about social issues, who are thinking about accessibility”

Gebru lost her job at Google after writing a report that warned Google about the dangers of its algorithm. Since then Gebru has worked raise awareness about the dangers People Of Colour (POC) and specifically black women may face as a result of ai bias.

8. Joy Buolamwini

“Being a woman in computer science… gives me an outsiders advantage”

Buolamwini started looking into AI bias after a computer couldn’t recognise her face but could instead recognise her white counterparts face. She eventually released a movie looking into AI bias.

Blessing Yakubu

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