Feeling powerless at work? Need a little inspiration to amp you up? Amy Cuddy suggests hitting a power pose: head up, shoulders back, feet planted and straight spine. This action not only makes you look slim and strong, but also alters your brain chemistry, making you more confident.
There are plenty of women in (and out of) the spotlight that rock strong posture to take on the world. In honor of Women’s Equality Day this past Wednesday, we’ve outlined just a few of the powerful, driven, inspirational women that have the power pose on lock.
“Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.”
2. Sheryl Sandberg
“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”
3. Michelle Obama
“Being a healthy woman isn’t about betting on your scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters — how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”
4. Wonder Woman
“All women can do wonders if put to the test.”
5. Angelina Jolie
“I think all women go through periods where we hate this about ourselves, we don’t like that. It’s great to get to a place where you dismiss anything you’re worried about. I find flaws attractive. I find scars attractive.”
6. Indra Nooyi
“The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you. That is a big lesson. I cannot just expect the organization to improve if I don’t improve myself and lift the organization, because that distance is a constant.”
7. J.K. Rowling
“Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
8. Anna Wintour
“In the end I do respond to my own instincts. Sometimes they’re successful, and obviously sometimes they’re not. But you have to, I think, remain true to what you believe in.”
9. Abby Wambach
“You must not only have competitiveness but the ability, regardless of the circumstance you face, to never quit.”
10. Tina Fey
“You know what? Bitches get stuff done.”
Join these powerful women and strike a power pose the next time you need a little boost. You’ll be feeling like you rule the world in no time.
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