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5 Modern-Day Women We're Looking Up to This Women's Month—And Every Day

With March signalling the arrival of Women’s Month, there’s no better time than the present to appreciate the women in our lives. From our mothers and grandmothers to our teachers and colleagues, it’s high time we pause and recognize all the wonderful things we learn from these female figures every day.


This month is also a wonderful time to look outward at the women in power and seats of influence. While they may not be part of our personal circles, the news, media and society have given us our fair share of female role models to look up to. Women who have taken fearless leaps in science. Women who have brought Philippine talent to the global game.  Women who have helped others rise from the ranks.


Up ahead, we spotlight 5 modern-day women we’re drawing inspiration from this month.


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Whitney Wolfe Herd






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This is 30 🤰🍝🎈

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Tinder co-founder turned Bumble CEO, Whitney Wolfe Herd made the most of her knack for marketing dating apps to create a safe space where women could feel empowered to make the first move.


Hannah Locsin

From local fashion shows to runways at fashion weeks all over the globe, model Hannah Locsin is quickly making a name for herself on the international scene—and the local creative industry couldn’t be prouder of her achievements. Most recently, Hannah starred in Gucci Beauty’s tutorial videos and walked for Miumiu’s Paris Fashion Week show.


Katie Bouman

Before Katie Bouman’s algorithm came into the image, the world had deemed getting a photo of a black hole pretty much impossible. However, last year, after working for several years with various teams, Bouman rewrote scientific history as we knew it.


Meggie Ochoa






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For God ☝🏼 For the Philippines 🇵🇭 For the fight against child sexual violence ☝🏼 For everyone that has been supporting this shared journey ❤️ This one’s for all of you! 💯 I am still too overwhelmed to write a long and descriptive post! WE won gold in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Jiu-Jitsu event -45kg division held in our very own country, the Philippines! I am overflowing with love and gratitude for everything and everyone! To my coaches @jiujitsumanila @ralphgojj @alisulit, Hansel Co, one big thank you for your guidance throughout the preparation phase and during my matches! To my teammates, training partners in @jjfphilofficial, @jiujitsumanila, @empower.training.center, @atosjjphilippines, @atosphwolfpack, thank you for constantly pushing me to improve and be in top shape by competition! To @jjfphilofficial and @phil.sportscommission for the support in our comp and training camps, and all our training partners in @atosjiujitsuhq and @carpediembjj_official, this would not have been possible without you! To our PTs and doctors present during our matches, thank you for keeping us fresh for each match! To everyone that came over to support, and cheer for the team: the jjmnl parents and kiddos, teammates, my family, the freedom sunday network, nlex group, bughaw group, and everyone else that was present and everyone else that watched and supported from where they were, thank you thank you thank you!!! To my partners in this journey @underarmourph @hyperfly @hyperflyasia @thesixpackchef @intercarechiropractic @jeaneth_aro @bughawdigital #nlexcorp, I am so grateful for all of you!! Out of all, it is You, oh Lord Jesus, that I am most grateful for. All I do is for You, and Your love and grace, God, is the reason I live. Nothing compares to the joy of this life lived in, for, and with You. ❤️☝🏼

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Jiu-jitsu world champion Meggie Ochoa has never been one to rest on her laurels. Using her platform and experience for the better, Ochoa launched her Fight to Protect campaign to teach self-defense basics to sex abuse victims.


Lynn Pinugu






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This is for every girl whose confidence comes from compliments about how pretty she is, for every young lady who bares her body for 1000 likes, for every new mother who feels pressured to immediately lose her baby weight, and for every woman who thinks she could never be as beautiful as the photoshopped version of herself: Know that you’re beautiful just the way you are, but also that you are SO MUCH MORE than your looks. ✨✨✨ Here’s to using the power of inspiring stories and honest conversations to redefine limiting beauty standards, and to promote genuine & enduring sources of self-worth. #thebodyloverevolution ⚡️👄⚡️ P.S. This is also for our CEO @sarah_meier who managed to work on our #shetalksasia newsletter while undergoing labor. #whatisdedication 😘

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Lynn Pinugu knows a thing or two about the importance of education. After having encountered financial difficulties mid-way through college, Lynn counted on her scholarships and the kindness of others to get her through college and a year-long youth mission in Mexico. Repaying the favor, she eventually established the Philippine community for Mano Amiga, a school for children whose families do not have ample funds to invest in schooling.



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Send a little extra love to the women who inspire you this month. Hit like on their posts, share their words of wisdom or send words of affirmation their way to return the positivity they’ve brought into the world. Happy Women’s Month!



Words Cessi Treñas

Art Alex Lara

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