8 Influential Women Who Served Others in 2012

Posted on February 1st, 2013 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

I came across this list today and thought it reminded me of the many contributors to 2012 with their leadership.  Than k you for Girls, inc for the post!

8 Influential Women of 2012

Sarah Goetz, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, GIRLS  Inc,


In order to inspire women and girls to have high career aspirations it is important to make sure they are exposed to positive female role models that are making a difference. Therefore, we should be intentional about recognizing the accomplishments of important and influential women in our society. Below is a list (in no particular order) of who I think are some of the most influential women of 2012.

Marissa Mayer

In 2012, Mayer was named the President and CEO of Yahoo! She is the youngest CEO of a fortune 500 company and one of only a small group of female CEO’s belonging to that elite list.  Mayer has received a lot of scrutiny in her new role.  A large portion of this scrutiny has centered around the announcement of her pregnancy, her decisions regarding her maternity leave and parenting, and her ability to effectively run a company as a new mother.

Malala Yousafzai

A teenage school student in Pakistan, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in October by the Taliban for advocating for girl’s education. Fortunately, she is recovering. She has inspired many others to join her cause and demand educational and social freedom.

Michelle Obama

The First Lady of the United States is an advocate for ending childhood obesity and even launched the Let’s Move initiative in 2010 in an attempt to resolve this growing problem in our society. Michelle’s book American Grown: The story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America was published in May 2012 with all proceeds going to the National Park Foundation. Also, her influence most likely swayed more than a few voters to her husband’s cause.

Sheryl Sandberg

At this point it is obvious social media has been fully integrated into our lives and is here to stay. So, Sheryl Sandberg is an obvious choice as one of 2012’s most influential women. Sandberg is Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer and has played a leading role in the company’s growth and influence in our society over the last few years.

2012 Female Olympians

Dubbed the year of U.S. women, there were too many superstar female athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games to choose just one! Not only did they unite our country as we cheered on Team USA, but they were an inspiration to many aspiring athletes.

Angela Merkel

Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and is the first woman to ever earn that position. Over the years she has established herself as a leader in the European Union and has received a lot of recognition this past year as she attempted to help resolve the European debt crisis.

Ann Curry

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary caused a significant amount of suffering nationwide. So, Curry took it upon herself to help ease that suffering by encouraging everyone to perform 26 Acts of Kindness. This movement has caught on like wildfire and is leaving an incredible impact on individuals and our society!

Maryam Durani

Durani is an advocate for women’s rights in Afghanistan. She owns and operates a radio station that addresses women’s issues in her country despite threats to her own life. This year the U.S. State Department recognized Durani’s work with an International Women of Courage award.

Who do you consider to be some of the most influential women of 2012?

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