In 1987, American Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month, with International Women’s Dat following on March 8th.

This month, our 2S team highlights a #WCW (Women Crush Wednesday) female leader who inspires us, and continues to push the boundaries and raise the bra on important issues. These women, alongside our mothers, friends and local entrepreneurs, share values and principles with each and every one of us, and through their work, ignite our determination to be better, stronger, more compassionate and empathetic leaders in our daily lives.

Follow along with our features every Wednesday on Instagram & Facebook, and share with us who inspires you on your successful paths!

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful” – @malalafund

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Born on July 12, 1997, Yousafzai became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations and published her first book, I Am Malala. In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nine months after being shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday in 2013. Yousafzai highlighted her focus on education and women’s rights, urging world leaders to change their policies.

Yousafzai said that following the attack, “the terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.”

She also urged action against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism:

“The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women… Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”

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Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of one of our favorite platforms, YouTube, was  interviewed at this year’s SXSW Interactive Conference where she discussed her fight against misinformation with Wired. 

“YouTube started out with the tagline, “Broadcast Yourself.” And we modified it a little bit when I came to YouTube [in 2014]. We started talking about different freedoms that we believed in—freedom of expression, freedom of information, freedom of opportunity. And I think what this year has really shown is that sometimes those freedoms are in conflict with each other. Our goal with YouTube is really to be the next generation platform, to be able to deliver video, distribute video globally, do so with the latest technology, with the broadest set of content.” – Wired.com

“I don’t think of myself as a poor, deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew she was responsible for herself-and I had to make good.”-Oprah Winfrey

There are a million reasons why we included Oprah, and we think they are self-explanatory. However, additionally to this, we are big fans of her Soulful Conversations Podcast and SuperSoul.tv. Soulful Conversations host interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.