What Most Successful Women Have In Common

Most successful women, be it actresses, sportsperson, medical researchers, foodies or philanthropists, have one thing common in them. They all are trying to help people live their happiest and healthiest life possible.

Rodale, Inc. recently announced their list of 100, which induces people, organizations, and companies that are striving to inspire people to live a healthy and happy life. All honorees on the list strongly share the mission of Rodale, which is to inspire happiness, healing, health and love in the world. The honorees on the list are strongly committed to improving the welfare of people, animals, and the environment. Their work has resulted in positive changes at local and global levels.

So, let’s look at some of the women on the list and see how this common feature reflects in their work:

Jessica Alba and The Honest Company


Actresses and activist, Jessica Alba founded The Honest Company to create non-toxic products for the family and homes. The company committed $3 million in 2015 through their Social Goodness platform towards building safe and healthy homes. One of the very first things to come out of this commitment is the opening of the research facility called Ultra Clean Room. The scientists of the facility are focused on studying the impact that chemicals in the environment have on the health of children.

Christiana Figueres


Working for the United Nations, Christiana Figueres’ focus has mainly been on combating global climate change. She plays an important role in coordinating the efforts of the different UN member nations into a more focused channel. In the last year, all her efforts have gone towards getting the leaders of the world to agree to the “Lima Draft.” “Lima Draft” is a set of strategies designed to reduce global warming.

Kathrine Switzer


Kathrine Switzer brought down many barriers and opened up new doors for women empowerment when she became the first woman to officially run a marathon in 1967. In the 1967 Boston Marathon, her first marathon, she was attacked by an official who believed that women shouldn’t be racing. That did not stop her from completing 39 more marathons. She has always been standing up for issues of women empowerment. She created “261 Fearless” in 2015. It is a meeting place for women who are actively fighting for equal rights for women.

Geena Davis


Actress Geena Davis could not stand on the sidelines and be a spectator to gender inequality in TV and films. To fight this gender imbalance, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004. Her organization has done a lot of great work over the past decade to bring down barriers to gender equality in the entertainment industry, mainly TV and films. She will helm the 2nd Bentonville Film Festival in May 2016. The festival is mainly dedicated to showcasing films by minorities and women.

Marie Kondo


Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has become a roaring success. Influenced by Japanese culture, the book is written with the intent to help people get rid of stuff that doesn’t add to the happiness in their lives. The book dwells on only keeping the stuff that sparks joy within oneself.

A full list of the Rodale 100 is available on its website.

H/T: Rodale Wellness, Women’s Health

Photo Credits: IMG Arcade, Jessica Alba Online Blog, CBC News, ESPN, United Nations, Decoesfera

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