#Empowered ~ Madonna
The Queen of Pop has built her career pushing limits of female sexuality through her music and performance. Madge is an amazing example of a woman wearing many hats - musician, business woman, mother, actress - succeeding in all. She also manages many non-profit organisations that fight against sexism in the music industry.
At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, she opened with a decidedly blunt speech crediting her success to her own self belief in an industry dictated by men. Though her journey has been difficult, she ultimately believes that women supporting each other will be the key to the continued fight against sexism.
"What I would like to say to all women here today is this: Women have been so oppressed for so long they believe what men have to say about them. They believe they have to back a man to get the job done. And there are some very good men worth backing, but not because they're men—because they're worthy. As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other's worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by."