3 New Voices Shaping Our World
Excerpts from Great Quotes from Great Women
by Peggy Anderson
March is Women's History Month, and there's no better time to celebrate the doers, dreamers, and trailblazers of American history.Read on to learn about 3 powerhouse women who are shaping our world: Christiane Amanpour, Loretta Lynch, and Amy Poehler.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR One of today's leading news correspondents, Christiane Amanpour is a British-Iranian journalist and television host. She is the Chief International Correspondent for CNN and hosts CNN International's nightly interview program Amanpour. Additionally, Amanpour is the Global Affairs Anchor of ABC News and has worked for 60 Minutes.
Amanpour was born in London but spent time in Iran before going to boarding school in England at the age of eleven. Things changed for Amanpour in 1979 when the Shah of Iran was overthrown by a revolution, as this event sent her family into exile but also ignited her interest in journalism.
Throughout her career, Amanpour earned multiple journalistic awards, such as multiple Emmys and Peabodys and an Edward R. Murrow Award, along with recognition from the Library of American Broadcasting.
"We in the press, by our power, can actually undermine leadership."
"What we do and say and show really matters."
LORETTA LYNCH was the eighty-third U.S. Attorney General and the first African American woman to hold this position. She was born in North Carolina into a family that participated in the Civil Rights Movement. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she worked as a litigator in New York until 1990 when she started working as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney team of New York's Eastern District, which launched her career in government.
Lynch has worked on high- profile cases such as those involving police brutality, corrupted lawmakers, and money laundering by Fédération Internationale de Football Association top officials.
"Our most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, it's unity, and it's love."
"A license to practice law is not a license to violate it."
AMY POEHLER is an American comedian, actress, director, and writer. Born near Boston, Poehler studied at Boston College before moving to Chicago to join comedy theaters Second City and ImprovOlympic. Poehler received her big break when she was a cast member of Saturday Night Live and has since received various awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions in television.
Aside from her acting and comedy career, Poehler is also a humanitarian who is active on women's issues. She has cofounded the organization and website Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, which aims to help young people discover their identities. The website is devoted to encouraging and supporting girls to change the world.
"I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed, you can rule the world."
"I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading."