Today is International Day of the Girl! And in honor of this date, which is set aside to advocate for girls’ rights and raise issues of gender bias, CNN asked some of the world’s leading women to find out: “Looking back, what one piece of advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?”
CNN chose women from all over the globe and in many different fields– we’re talking media, science, politics, culture, and sports! From Oprah, to Maria Shriver, to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, to Maria Sharapova, these impressive women have some seriously inspiring advice to the 15-year-old versions of themselves. You have to check out them all out!
In the meantime, here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Make sure you continue to trust what you know now about yourself and stay true to what you believe in.” – Melinda Gates, Philanthropist, Co-Founder Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Don’t be discouraged if there aren’t enough role models paving the way for you. Imagine the future as you want it to be and you will succeed.” – Cherie Blair, Barrister, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
“Follow your dreams, always be yourself, never be afraid to show the real you and have fun; Always live in the present.” – Victoria Azarenka, Women’s World No. 1 Tennis Player
“Be spontaneous and improvise, both in your music and in your life.” – Vanessa Mae, violinist
Aren’t you inspired, already? Happy International Girls Day! Girl Power!