It’s a girl talk session! Powerful women on top and inspiring women across the globe.
Serena Williams just beat Maria Sharapova — not on the tennis court, but in the wallet!
Forbes magazine said that Williams’ annual earnings of just under $29 million makes her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, ending Sharapova’s 11-year run in the top spot on the Forbes list.
Forbes said she earned $28.9 million over the past 12 months, and a total of $77.6 million in prize money over the course of her career. Williams has won 36 major titles, including 21 Grand Slam singles titles, and is considered by many as the greatest female athlete of all time. On top of that, the tennis star is marketing gold; right now, she trails only LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in consumer perception of current sports stars, Forbes said. Over the years, she has collected sponsorships and endorsements from a diverse array of companies including Nike, Pepsi and JPMorgan Chase, and Forbes put her income from these activities at around $20 million. Go Serena!
Hillary Clinton’s historic win changes the game for girls!
Regardless of party persuasion, Hillary Clinton’s recent victory is the definition of historic: She became the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. Her chances of becoming president — the first woman head of state in America’s 238-year history — may now be much closer to reality. “To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want—even president. Tonight is for you,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said.
Miss D.C., a 26-year-old Army Reserve officer and IT analyst, wins the Miss USA pageant.
For the first time in 14 years (and only third time in history), Miss District of Columbia took home the crown at the Miss USA pageant on Sunday night.
Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old Army Reserve officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, won first place over Miss Georgia Emanii Davis and Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin, the runner-up. Barber, who graduated from Virginia State University in 2011, joined the military at age 17. Her parents and siblings also serve; her father was deployed overseas to Iraq after the Sept. 11 attacks. “As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate to every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men,” she said to lots of cheers from the crowd. “As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”
Who are the world’s most powerful women this year? I say so far these three are the leading and breaking barriers.
Women on top!! #StayMotivated