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On March 8th, the Women’s March coordinators celebrated International Women’s Day by holding a large-scale strike from work. Women around the country stayed home from their occupations and organized marches to make a statement about the significance of working women. However, here at Future Female Leaders, we took a different approach by starting conversations about true female empowerment and celebrating women.

As young women who are either about to enter the workforce or are already immersed in it, we should take the time to look at different women as role models. Here are five women currently in the Trump administration who demonstrate how women are capable of being effective and empowering in all different areas of work and education.

1)  Melania Trump

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The First Lady is well-known for her incredibly successful modeling career. At age sixteen, she began her career in Europe. She arrived in the United States in 1996 to pursue her career. Less widely recognized about the First Lady is her intellect; she pursued a college degree when she lived in Slovenia and is also multilingual. Entrepreneurship runs deep in the Trump family. First Lady Melania is no exception; she has her own jewelry line that launched in 2010. Furthermore, she has been a spokeswoman for different humanitarian causes, like her four-year position as Goodwill Ambassador at the American Red Cross. Finally, a noteworthy achievement of Mrs. Trump is her newfound title as the First Lady – she is the second woman to hold that title who was not born in the United States. The First Lady’s success, intelligence, and humanitarianism provide exceptional examples for young women.

2) Karen Pence

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Often gone under the radar is the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence. Mrs. Pence worked as an elementary school teacher for over two decades. Furthermore, the Second Lady maintained an interest in art throughout her career, creating and selling watercolor paintings. She has devoted her passion for art to help others, becoming an influential supporter of the art therapy field. She has served in several different positions for this cause and has observed international art therapy programs, as well. Mrs. Pence used her positions for the benefit of others, which is admirable to find in a working woman.

3) Ivanka Trump

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Ivanka Trump has been a shining symbol of female empowerment. While not categorically Republican or Democrat, a fact she addressed in her RNC speech last July, she has played a fundamental role in her father’s political career. In championing causes for women, she recently has shown to be a driving force in President Trump’s work for women with the recent legislation to introduce more women into STEM fields. Not only limited to the political atmosphere she is currently entrenched in, Ivanka Trump has dominated the fashion world. Introducing a line of clothing to meet the “needs of the modern professional women,” her style is well-regarded by women around the world. Finally, we can all deeply admire the family Ivanka and her husband, Jared, have built. While she is not an official part of the administration, we are interested to see how Ivanka further works to represent women during this new stage for the Trump family and our nation.

4) Elaine Chao

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When talking about working women in the Trump administration, we cannot forget the newly-appointed Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. She is an immigrant, hailing from Taiwan. She learned English upon her arrival in America at age eight and attended Harvard Business School. Secretary Chao worked tirelessly in her positions within the Reagan and Bush administrations of the 80s and 90s. She was the first Asian-American woman to be appointed as the Secretary of Labor when she received the title under President Bush in 2001. She was his only cabinet member to serve the entirety of his administration. When she was appointed as the Secretary of Transportation by President Trump, she became the first woman of Asian descent to serve in this cabinet position. Her hard work and deep dedication to this country are evident, and her accomplishments cannot be understated. Elaine Chao is the pinnacle of the American Dream.

5) Nikki Haley

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Nikki Haley is considered by most to be one of the most significant spokespeople for conservatism within the movement today. The child of Indian-American parents, she was not only the first person of this descent to serve as Governor of South Carolina in 2010, but also the first female to do so. She is extremely well-regarded as the former governor and now has been called to serve in a different capacity. Nikki Haley was appointed and approved for the position of Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Haley has been conservative women’s prominent role model in recent years and is sure to continue that trend in her new position.

These five ladies work to demonstrate their empowerment, and do not need to succumb to victimhood to make a statement. They each have shown that success is not tied down to one field or occupation. We cannot wait to see how these women work to improve America in the many different areas in which they serve.

Liana I.
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Liana is a follower of Christ and current communications student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys writing, reading, and serving others.

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