Spotlights

Stories, insights and advice from inspiring women who are using their power to advance women and girls.


Geena Davis: Making Hollywood less sexist

Oscar-award winning actress and media activist founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which aims to “make Hollywood less sexist.”


Sharon Bowen

A child of segregation, a success at the bar Sharon Bowen knows what it’s like to be “the only,” the rarity. When she was growing up, Virginia’s schools were just desegregating. Nonetheless, just as she had in her “separate but equal” high school, she excelled when she went to University of Virginia and won a […]


Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

The first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor grew up herding cattle on an Arizona ranch that had no electricity or running water during her youth. Her participation in the ranch’s semiannual cattle roundup, previously an all-male ritual, “was probably my first initiation into joining an all-men’s club, something I did more than once […]


Millie Dresselhaus

In early 2017, a GE commercial made a celebrity of Millie Dresslhaus, the first woman to win the National Medal of Science in Engineering and the person who predicted the existence of extremely small yet strong molecules called carbon nanotubes. The TV ad, designed to promote science careers for women, posed the question: What if […]


Martha McSally

During her time in Iraq, Martha McSally became the first female fighter pilot ever to fly in combat. She was also the first woman in US history to command a fighter squadron. After serving in the Air Force for 26 years, McSally retired and ran for Congress. Today she represents Arizona as a Republican in […]