Our women, their words

From Malala Yousafzai to Rihanna and Maya Angelou: As part of International Women’s Day, we asked the women of Text100 Paris to tell us who or what inspires them the most.

From Malala Yousafzai to Rihanna and Maya Angelou: As part of International Women’s Day, we asked the women of Text100 Paris to tell us who or what inspires them the most.

Emmanuelle Bilé

I think it is important on Women’s Day to remember that unfortunately inequalities still exist in our society, particularly wages between men and women in the world of business. With this in mind, I have always admired the women in my family, especially my mother and my grandmothers who have been true role models in my life, giving the values ​​that have helped me to advance in my life as a woman.

Cindy Sonnet

One of the people who inspire me the most is the American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou.

In my eyes, she is the definition of strength and freedom. Her words speak to me like no other. She had many lives and was such a phenomenal woman in a country that gave little space to women, especially black ones.

Cécile Missildine

Marie Curie once said “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and most importantly she’s the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. Her words and achievements have inspired me to believe in the power of our brains. Questioning, finding answers and pure thinking is what can help women be bold, confident and fearless.

Annie Hurley

In today’s world where technology is everywhere, we expect to have our every need satisfied in real time – ordering meals, finding a date, booking a babysitter. But despite the fact that our quality of life has improved no-end in this context, it’s important never to get too high maintenance.

With this in mind, I tend to look to people who have overcome seemingly overwhelming challenges for a source of everyday inspiration. British inventor and industrial designer Sir James Dyson, is one of the many entrepreneurs whose conviction in his ideas led to impressive success. Not straight away though. Dyson made 5,127 prototypes over the course of 15 years before hitting on the patented design that enabled him to establish the Dyson company as a reference consumer brand worldwide.

So the next time my Uber Eats sushi turns up late, I’ll remember not to lose sight of the things that really matter. And above all, never give up!

Lydia Djaffel

Many women inspire me and the top name that comes to mind is Rihanna.

Rihanna is among the greatest influencers and personalities of her generation, a fashion icon, a committed artist and an outstanding businesswoman. She pushed for diversity in the launch of her brand Fenty Beauty, all skin tones were represented for the first time in cosmetic industry. As artistic director of the last Puma collection, she proved worthy of the role.

Moreover she is the first black woman to have been a muse for Dior. She inspires me through her creativity, her personality and her leadership. She breathes confidence.

Amélie Chipaux

Coco Chanel once said: “the most courageous of acts is to think for yourself… out loud.” Despite the years and the changes in our world, this sentence still rings true today. Gabrielle Bonheur Chasnel successfully built a fashion empire at a moment when women could barely hope for work. Through her creations she fought to become herself.

A great woman who left a marvelous legacy to French fashion.

Rachel Lebon 

I am motivated by the challenges I face in projects especially when I see my client smiling with satisfaction. I love people and am passionate about diversity, it’s also what makes our world rich and fun. The people who inspire me are those who dare to assert their difference and who, at their level, are fighting for happiness and happier world.

Sabrina Heinz

I won’t talk about a woman but simply of a family, my family. My family motivates me, drives me to go beyond my limits and gives me the desire to live. I am a child of Vietnamese immigrants who’d fled a country in war in order to give us, their children, a future. My parents took up the challenge to start anew in a foreign culture. I am proud of what my parents accomplished in only one generation and wish to continue this outstanding adventure.

Nalia Kailali

“I speak not for myself but for those without a voice, those who have fought for their rights…” Malala Yousafzai

As a woman Malala is a true inspiration for me. She inspires me even more as a Muslim women. Malala stands up as a girl, Muslim and a citizen of the world for what she believes in. Girls and women must speak up no matter what oppression they may experience.

Jessy Mekpoh

The journey breathes life into inspiration. Traveling necessarily means coming out of one’s comfort zone through breathtaking scenery, a spicy scent, a sweet taste, a touch of colorful music – all elements to reconnect with the essentials while embracing new positive perspectives. It nourishes the soul, it nourishes the spirit. Out of what we know and out of time, we wipe the slate clean, recharge our batteries so that creativity reasserts itself, and inspiration becomes vital to rethink the codes.

Yana Rogers

“As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As a woman, we must stand up for justice for all.”  -Michelle Obama.

Cécile Robin

I am generally impressed by working mums, and how some of us manage this so easily. As this is not only being a mum and a good professional, but a combination of multi-work being a cook, a nurse, a partner… I think that within Text100 you can find a lot of them, starting by Aedhmar who definitely lead by example.

Mélodie Renac

The person who inspires me is Malala Yousafzai, an incredible young Pakistani women, who became Nobel Peace Price at 17. She decided to fight, risking her own life, to defend the right of all girls to go to school, and to receive an education.

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