International Women’s Day 2017
In honor of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the achievements of women all over the world!
Empowering our customers, instilling confidence and helping Women to (look) and feel fabulous is a cornerstone of our business. As a brand for Women, that International Womens Day is an occasion close to our heart. In the words of Coco Chanel, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different”. At Cloud Nine we are firm believers that everyone is unique and should be treated so, one size (or heat) doesn’t fit all.
With uniqueness, comes excellence- and there are so many incredible, unique women making a difference in the world today. On International Women’s Day we want to take the time to honor a few, these women have shown conviction, resilience and excellence in everything they do, to make a difference to the lives of women all over the world.
During her eight year tenure as First Lady, Michelle Obama never ceased to impress. From encouraging a nation to be healthy, driving female education ititiatives and urging the American electorate to unite, to simply making us laugh (remember Car pool Karaoke?) . Mrs. Obama will go down in history for her series of powerful, impassioned speeches, with messages inspired by her own personal story as a black Woman, Mother and Wife, and her desire to stand up for gender equality. A true First Lady, she’s delivered a vision of strength, unity and hope to women across the world.
Through her music and videography, Beyoncé has given voice to an African American struggle and state of mind. In spring 2016, she made her most audacious move yet, when she launched her sixth studio album, Lemonade alongside an hour-long video which served as a declaration of her artistic vision, her family history and of the African-American experience. Her album was a bold move for women, it explores female endurance and pragmatism through warmth anger and wit, following the discovery of infidelity. Alongside this glorious display of a woman scorned, Beyoncé resonates a demand that black voices be heard. Malcolm X is sampled, there are references to police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter and Trayvon Martin’s mother makes an appearance in her video. It is clear Beyoncé is done living for the will and want of men and will stop at nothing to get her voice heard.
Sheryl is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of Lean In. In June 2012, she was elected to the board of directors, becoming the first woman to serve on Facebook's board. She published her first book, ‘Lean In’ for professional women to help them achieve their career goals and for men who want to contribute to a more equitable society. The book argues that barriers are still preventing women from taking leadership roles in the workplace, barriers such as discrimination, blatant and subtle sexism, and sexual harassment. In addition to her business achievements, Sheryl inspires resilience in women through her experience of the loss of her husband. Since his tragic death in 2015, she has used social media to share her feelings with others in the hope that she can inspire strength and courage in others. She has been ranked one of the 50 "Most Powerful Women in Business", listed as one of the world's 100 most powerful women by Forbes and named in Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world assembled by Time.
Billie Jean King
Regarded by many in the sport as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time, Billie is an American former World No. 1, having won 39 Grand Slam titles; including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. It was in 1973 however when Billie delivered her most impressive feat. Bobby King, a top men’s player was making a name for himself as a chauvinist, claiming that the women’s game was far inferior to the men’s. To prove him wrong, Billie took on the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ on September 20, 1973 and triumphed. The match went down in history as a significant event in developing greater recognition and respect for women's tennis and she became an advocate for gender equality. In subsequent years, she has won numerous awards for excellence, including becoming the first female athlete to win ‘Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year’, the ‘Sunday Times Sports Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her contribution to sport both on and off the court and the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’
To all these women we say thank you!
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