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From Michelle Obama to Jane Pratt

 - Apr 4, 2014
This collection of speeches by today's most influential women serves as an inspiring representation of the strides women have made in establishing themselves in careers and positions of power. While there is still much progress to be made, these female figures serve as motivation and empowerment for other women out their to pursue their dreams and to stand up for what they believe.

The women featured here are scattered across a wide variety of industries. Some of them work in technology, journalism, television, health, government and science.

One of the most notable speakers is Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. Sanberg recently authored the book 'Lean In,' which addresses the inequality women face in professional environments. While her work has faced certain criticisms, she has definitely spearheaded the push for women to own their careers and fight for their right to pursue career goals.

Another women fighting for the rights of women is Melinda Gates. Gates firmly believes that an empowered woman has the power to change the world. Focusing on health concerns of women in developed countries (predominantly in Africa), Gates works with she and her husband's foundation to educate women on health matters and how to create safer, healthier lives for themselves.

This list of influential women serves as inspiration of what we can accomplish, not just as women, but as a whole.