t is 2017 and yet, women still earn only 80 cents for every dollar men earn. It is the 21st century and yet, women have a shelf life but men age like fine wine. We’re well on our way to terraforming Mars and yet, women are bossy and demanding but men are decisive and, well, manly. Throughout human history, females have been battered, subjugated and viewed as the lesser gender by men. Even the words used to describe women drip with disdain and negativity, as though it’s a curse to be blessed with emotional intelligence and compassion.
And yet, despite these social odds, the six women featured here have risen to the top of their fields. In the process, they have smashed glass ceilings, overturned misconceptions and proven once and for all that, yes, women have as much, if not more, to contribute to society. There’s still a lot more to be done in gender equality, especially now that populism and misogyny have become commonplace in the global arena but we are making heartening progress. A rising tide lifts all boats after all, and we owe it to our future sons and daughters to leave them a world we can all be proud of.