2020 Girl Gang

4 Poster Girls for Women Empowerment

All of us have days when we don’t feel confident enough, our self-esteem is low and we think that our dreams and goals are set way too high. Who do you look up to, when you feel that way? Carbon is here to help you believe in the fierce person you are, showing you some of the most influential and successful women of our generation.

Dua Lipa

There is no one in the world that screams women empowerment more than Dua Lipa. Lots of her lyrics, accompanied by proper creative videos, are made to teach girls self care and what is the right way to treat themselves. She is trying to help them move on with their life after a breakup or a bad experience in general and show that they are enough. 

One: Don’t pick up the phoneYou know he’s only callin’ ’cause he’s drunk and alone

Two: Don’t let him in

You have to kick him out again

-“New Rules”

“Did the heartbreak change me? Maybe

But look at where I ended up

I’m all good already

So moved on, it’s scary

I’m not where you left me at all

“Don’t Start Now”

The amount of awards she won, just in the last 3 years, supports the fact that her work is influencing tons of people. “New Rules” became Best single and Pop song of the year in 2017, Dua won an award for Best British solo artist and Best female singer in 2018 and 2019, her album of the same name won International album of the year in 2018. Recently she released a new album and she is going on an international tour. She has also established the “Sunny Hill Foundation” to donate to the citizens of Kosovo.

Dua has mentioned in a few interviews and speeches, that women “haven’t been taken seriously” and we guess that she is here to prove that wrong.

Selena Gomez

Even though Selena was not taken very seriously for a long time, because of her longtime carrier as a teen Disney star, she made all of the haters shut up with her accomplishments through the last couple of years. It is needless to tell in details the countless awards she won ever since the beginning of the decade, but some of the most impressive ones are Women of the year in 2017, Best young actress in 2011 and 2012, Artist of the year in 2016, as well as multiple Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice and Teen Choice Awards. Selena also supports a lot of charity organisations like UNICEF, Teen Cancer America and Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Gomez was not under the spotlights for a long time, because she was fighting with a serious health condition called Lupus, which led to kidney transplantation. She also struggled with mental health issues, which motivated her to become an executive producer of “13 Reasons Why”. 

Despite the battle with her conditions, she recently released a new album called “Rare” after 5 years of standstill, but we can guarantee you that it was worth it. Check out songs like “Rare”, “Look at Her Now” and “Lose You to Love Me”, when you need a reminder how awesome and worth it you are.

“I don’t have it all

I’m not claiming to

But I know that I’m special, yeah

And I’ll bet there’s somebody else out there

To tell me I’m rare, to make me feel rare”

-“Rare”

Of course she was sad

But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet

Took a few years to soak up the tears

But look at her now”

-“Look at her now”

Michelle Obama

3. Michelle Obama

Even though Michelle Obama is not in the same field as the other poster girls, with her 2 Ivy League degrees, she is an honourable member of the Gang. During her time in the White House and even after, she has always been fighting for women’s rights, but still being publicly supportive and loving wife. The former first lady established “Let’s Move” campaign, which wants to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity, by creating marathons and other physical activities. In the last couple of years Michelle has been helping with the rebuilding of more than 6200 tennis courts with the same purpose. “The School Lunch” program provides free healthy meals to more than 21 million low-income children. “Let Girls Learn” is another organisation that helps girls around the world to go to school. She shares her life story and how she manages to do all these goods in the books she published. 

Here are a few of her most famous quotes:

“Strong men, strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful”

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s the power of using your voice”

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages”

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list”

“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high”

Billie Eilish

Last, but definitely not least member of our 2020 Girl Gang is Billie Eilish. She is also the youngest, but that doesn’t make her any less successful and a person you should look up to. Actually she is the perfect example that if you focus on your dreams, the things that you love and work every day towards them, you can make it all happen. 

Billie started writing and producing songs when she was only 11 years old. Till this day she and her brother are the only people behind her projects and ideas. She is one of the fastest growing artists ever. At just 18, she has already won some of the most prestigious awards – 5 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Europe Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards.

Some of her songs are part of the soundtrack of “13 Reasons Why” and last year she opened her 14 room experience in Los Angeles in anticipation of her new album. 

Billie is never scared of speaking up. She has been vocal about the US changing abortion laws and created a campaign to try to get young people to vote in 2018. With a net worth around $6 million, she is a living prove that age doesn’t matter. 

There you have it, girls – our 2020 Girl Gang is complete. Take a tip or two from them, gather your besties and create your own. After all, women are those who empower women. 

Written by Anna-Maria Kancheva