PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Journalist Christiane Amanpour
Christiane Amanpour was born in London, England, and raised in Iran. Amanpour is an award-winning journalist. She is the host for Amanpour on CNN International, CNN’s chief international correspondent, and an ABC News global affairs anchor. She is inspired by women war correspondents.
“From my own personal history, my mother, who taught me so much about perseverance and doing your best in whatever you do. From contemporary history, I would include several courageous women war correspondents—Marie Colvin, Oriana Fallaci, Martha Gellhorn, who each exemplified hard work, bravery, a fierce commitment to independent journalism and speaking truth to power. Also, Bibi Hokmina, who is a local politician in Afghanistan striving to improve conditions for women, and fighting the repressive Taliban in her country.”
Chef Anne Burrell
Anne Burrell is a chef who is originally from upstate New York. In New York City, Burrell has worked at top restaurants, and taught at the Institute of Culinary Education. She hosts Food Network television shows and has written two cookbooks. She is inspired by Julia Child and Lidia Bastianich.
“Julia Child and Lidia Bastianich were tastemakers. They were and are groundbreaking women and they didn’t hear ‘no.’ Julia didn’t start cooking until she was 40 years old. Sometimes people say ‘Oh I’m 40, it’s too late.’ It’s never too late. Lidia Bastianich is such a force in the Italian kitchen in this country. She was cooking Italian food when all anyone knew of Italian food was spaghetti and meatballs. You couldn’t get the products that we get now but she was unbending in her search for those ingredients and desire to keep her Italian traditions alive.”
Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She was a chef, popular television cooking show host, and bestselling cookbook author. Child studied cooking at a famous cooking school in Paris, France. After finishing, she and two French cooks started their own school there. The three women wrote a cookbook together called Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which was published in 1961. Child is known for changing the way Americans cooked.
Lidia Bastianich grew up in Istria, which was once part of Italy. She moved with her family to the United States when she was 12. Known for her Italian and Italian-American cooking, Bastianich is an award-winning television chef, bestselling cookbook author, and the author of two books for children. She is the chef and owner of restaurants Felidia, Becco, and Del Posto in New York City, and Lidia’s in Kansas City, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a partner of Italian marketplaces called Eataly in New York City, and Chicago, Illinois.
Actress Miranda Cosgrove
Miranda Cosgrove, 21, made her film debut at age 10 in the hit 2003 family film, School of Rock. She went on to star in the hit Nickelodeon television series, Drake & Josh and iCarly. She is inspired by Rosa Parks.
“I really admire Rosa Parks because she stood up for what she believed in at a time when it was so difficult.”
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks would not give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. Her simple act landed Parks in jail. But it also set in motion the Montgomery bus boycott. It lasted for more than a year, and helped spark the civil-rights movement. "The only tired I was, was tired of giving in," said Parks. Her historic act demonstrated the power of peaceful protest.
Author Rita Williams-Garcia
Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of several award-winning novels for kids. Her latest historical fiction books, One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven, were winners of the Coretta Scott King Book Award, which is given to an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults. Williams-Garcia is inspired by writer Zora Neal Hurston.
“Zora Neale Hurston was adventurous and defied expectations of race and gender of her times. She told tall tales but was a major writer during the Harlem Renaissance. Zora was also an educated woman trained in anthropology. She studied folklore and work habits of post-slavery era African Americans mainly in the rural south. Zora Neale Hurston went about collecting history, culture, storytelling and songs that would have otherwise been lost. She was fearless and she was funny. I just love Zora Neale Hurston!”
Zora Neale Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama, Zora Neale Hurston was a writer and anthropologist, who studies people. Her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, was published in 1937. Hurston was an important part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. During this time, many black artists moved to New York City and became well known for their writing, art, and music. Hurston studied anthropology at Barnard College in New York City, and is known for recording stories about African Americans and people from other cultures.
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001 to 2009. She is the first and only Asian-Pacific American woman to be appointed to the President’s Cabinet, to serve as director of the Peace Corps, and president of United Way of America, a volunteer organization that helps communities around the world. She is inspired by Margaret Thatcher.
“Margaret Thatcher was a courageous and principled leader who restored confidence and improved the well-being of the British people after a prolonged period of economic decline. She also increased Britain’s standing in international affairs. She rose from a modest background to become a leader who transformed Britain and the world.”
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female Prime Minister. She served until 1990, which makes her the only British leader to serve three consecutive terms. Her high standards and strong will earned her the nickname Britain’s Iron Lady.
To read about more inspirational women, check out TIME For Kids magazine.