20 girl power icons we love


The saying “girls rule” is so true. We’ve rounded up a list of 20 of our favorite girl power icons who inspire us to be strong, successful, independent women. 


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    Bethany Hamilton

    After suffering a life-changing shark attack, Bethany didn’t quit surfing. Instead, she got back on her board and continued competing in the sport she loves.

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    Thought by many to be the most influential women in the world, Oprah has overcome a troubled past to become an extremely successful talk-show host and give her wealth back to others.

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    Demi Lovato

    Not only does Demi seriously rock, she’s dealt with some serious personal issues and is now a mentor to people dealing with the same struggles.

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    J.K. Rowling

    After twelve different publishers denied her manuscript of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she didn’t give up. Now her books are some of the most beloved by children and adults.

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    Malala Yousafzai

    This 17-year-old Pakistani girl has never given up fighting for girls’ education, even after almost losing her life. 

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    Michelle Obama

    She’s a mother, the wife of the president of the United States, a fashion role model, and a huge advocate for healthy eating, lowering childhood obesity rates, and LGBT rights. What doesn’t she do? 

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    She sings some of our favorite dance-along, belt at the top of our lungs jams with lyrics that inspire girls to be independent women. After all, “Who runs the world? Girls!”


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    Taylor Swift

    Famous for writing songs about her love interests, Taylor calls out the guys who broke her heart instead of just letting them walk away innocently.

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    Rosa Parks

    Her refusal to move to the back of the bus fueled the civil rights movement and made her an inspiration for standing up for what you believe in.

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    Jennifer Lawrence

    She plays Katniss, one of our favorite fictional heroes, but is also is a hero to girls in real life. J-law strongly defends her body and not wanting to diet just so she fits the Hollywood standard. 

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    Ellen DeGeneres

    Not afraid to bust a move on her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, while cracking jokes with celebrities, Ellen has no fear to be herself. Also, she’s a huge LGBT and animal rights supporter.

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    Emma Watson

    Her character Hermione Granger inspired us that girls can be as smart as guys, if not smarter. Since graduating from Brown, she has visited developing countries where she promotes education for girls.

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    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga, or known by her fans as Mommy Monster, praises uniqueness with her performances, style, and song lyrics. 

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    Gabby Douglas 

    As the first woman gymnast of color to be crowned the Olympic all-around champion, she’s an inspiration to all of us girls to follow our dreams.

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    This Grammy winning Brit can seriously belt a note. She’s defended her size after being criticized by many including other celebs.

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    Emma Stone

    Not only is she quirky and hilarious, Emma stone isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She even called out her own boyfriend during an interview after he made a sexist comment!

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    Tina Fey

    As Saturday Night Live’s first female writer and the writer of Mean Girls, this seriously funny and talented woman has been breaking down boundaries for other woman comedians.

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    Keke Palmer

    Star of True Jackson VP, singer, and supporter of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the Girls Scouts, Keke is also the youngest person to have their own talk show.

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    Wonder Woman

    In a league of mostly male superheroes, Wonder Woman proved that just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.

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    Kate Middleton

    She’s living a dream held by many girls: she’s a princess. However, unlike the fairy tale princesses we read stories about, she contributes to many charities with various causes. She even keeps her head up after being hounded by the paparazzi.


by Kelsie Ahern | 2/1/2016