Leveraging on their smarts and celebrity, these women warriors aren’t afraid to speak up (and at times, risk their lives) for peace, freedom and equality. Clockwise from top left: Emma Watson (who stars in Beauty and the Beast, out this month), Meghan Markle (could Prince Harry’s new girlfriend be a future Princess Di?), Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Angelina Jolie, Amal Clooney and Eunice Olsen, you have our R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
As I write this letter, the lyrics to Beyoncé’s “run The World (Girls)” is playing in my head. It’s an anthem perfect for this month when we celebrate International Women’s Day.
It’s our anthem. here at The Weekly, we aren’t shy to say we want to be accomplished women who work hard to strive for success – and we want to help you attain that success in what you choose to do. Women own a unique trait. “my persuasion can build a nation, Endless power, With our love we can devour”, goes the lyrics to the bridge of Beyoncé’s song.
And the women above, who are featured in “Grit & Grace” (page 24), bring these words to life. angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, malala Yousafzai, meghan markle, amal clooney and our very own Great Women Of Our Time 2014 nominee, Eunice Olsen, all possess a heart for people, and it’s this compassion that drives them to passionately protect and speak up for the marginalised.
You are already empowered. But we’re here to stand with you – to arm you with the “weapons” to be even stronger, more confident, happier in all aspects of your life. and as you go through the pages of this issue, we hope you’ll be inspired and emboldened!
Editor-in-Chief Barbara Koh
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