It has been far too long since the entertainment industry was dominated by men in power, but this is changing as more and more women enter the workforce. Women have come a long way and achieved many notable accomplishments, from being TV producers to fashion moguls to casting agents with a voice. Here are a some of our favourite female role models:
Conde Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour
For more than two years, Anna Wintour has served as Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief and is currently the Artistic Director of Conde Nast, the publisher of the magazine. Known for arriving at fashion shows early, her punctuality is admirable. It was only fitting that the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York be named in her honour in 2014. In the fashion industry, she is a powerful woman who has been successful for decades, predicting trends and supporting new talent. Despite her many accomplishments and firm grasp on her job, she is receptive to other people’s points of view. People who say yes to everything I bring up annoy me,” she says. “I’m looking for people who aren’t afraid to disagree and debate and who have a strong opinion.”
The NBCUniversal Chairwoman, Bonnie Hammer
In her role as Chairman of NBC Universal, Bonnie Hammer is responsible for the day-to-day operations of numerous television networks, including USA, E!, TV One, and the Esquire Network, to name just a few. Her dedication to social causes is just as inspiring as her professional accomplishments. When she was working on the “Erase the Hate” campaign to combat issues like racial and gender discrimination and religious intolerance, she won the National Governor’s Emmy. This Powerpuff lady isn’t afraid to speak her mind. As a 65-year-old woman, she wrote a powerful essay expressing her concern about how women in the entertainment industry are viewed. “Women in Hollywood should rewrite the ageing script,” she exhorted the audience. Set an example for younger women by embracing the ageing process, and don’t hide from it.”
Knowles, singer Beyonce Knowles
There will never be enough written or spoken about Beyonce. Her music and empowering lyrics have had a profound impact on the lives of young girls and women around the world.
As a multi-Grammy winner, he continues to change people’s lives and inspire us all. Beyonce is not only a household name in the entertainment industry, but also a devoted mother who enjoying to meet people from various walks of life and professions through her travels. It’s important to accept your imperfections in order to lead a fulfilling life, she advises young people in her book. “We all have flaws,” she asserts. Then again, I’m a human being, and you know, it’s more important to focus on your inner beauty than your outer appearance.”
The Guardian’s Editor-in-Chief, Katharine Viner
When Katherine Viner rose from the position of a writer to Editor in Chief, she accomplished a near-impossible feat.
Viner was the editor-in-chief of the Guardian not only in London but also in New York and Australia. Among her many responsibilities as the first female editor in chief, Viner must defend the values she holds dear as a journalist while also increasing the company’s bottom line. Viner is a logical thinker who believes in weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various options before making a final decision. “Few people are a bit disconcerted that their boss is a woman,” she said in response to questions about her credentials following her appointment.
Shonda Rhimes is a television producer, screenwriter, and novelist
‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘The Catch,’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ are all credited to this woman. This year, Rhimes has signed a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix to produce her own show, Shondaland. There are a lot of Rhimes’s shows that you’ve probably seen, and Netflix will soon have them all for you to watch. Aside from her work as an entertainer, Rhimes is an outspoken advocate for racial and gender equality. She believes that if you’re willing to work hard and put in long hours, you’ll be able to achieve your goals. The quote “You can waste your lives drawing lines” is attributed to her. “You can choose to cross them, or you can live your life in the middle.”