5 of The Most Influential Women Throughout The Decades

March 31, 2016

As March comes to an end, we’d like to remember LifeStyleHer’s that have made an impact in our society through the decades. These women created their own paths by being unapologetically themselves. To this day, they still serve as an entree of inspiration.

1960’s – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Perhaps one of America’s favorite First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis left her mark in a very special way.  Her first mission as the First Lady was to revitalize the White House into an American history and culture museum. Her revolutionary approach included garnering art and furniture previously owned by past presidents including George Washington, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln. Her White House restoration was nationally televised in 1962, where 56 million viewers tuned in to see the tour of the new American home. Jacqueline brought a level of education, travel and training to the White House that America had not seen before.  Her unique style and charm captivated America and the world.

1970’s  – Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane first entered the world of fashion in 1970. In 1974 she designed  the iconic wrap dress, a life changing apparel item for women. This dress quickly became a symbol of power and independence for women all over the world. By 1976 Diane had sold over a million wrap dresses and made it on the cover of Newsweek. Today DVF is a global luxury lifestyle brand that offers ready-to-wear fashion and accessories.

1980’s  – Oprah Winfrey

Media giant, Oprah Winfrey rose to fame in the 1980’s. Her rise began when she took over a Chicago talk show in 1984. In just a couple of months, A.M. Chicago garnered over 100,000 more viewers than its competitors, placing Oprah’s show in 1st place ratings. Her rapid success led her to be casted in Steven Spielbiergs 1985 film The Color Purple. By 1986, Oprah launched her nationally syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show. The rest is history.

**FILE** A Nov. 15, 1988 file photo shows television talk show host Oprah Winfrey showing off her new figure in Chicago after she lost 67 pounds following a liquid diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Charles Bennett, File)

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1990’s  – Mae C. Jemison

Mae C. Jemison followed her dreams right into space. As the first African-American woman to travel into orbit, she did not let the lack of role models discourage her.  After undergrad, Mae faced the challenge of becoming a professional dancer or a doctor. The latter option encouraged her to explore new opportunities and in 1987 she was accepted in NASA’s training program after applying twice.  Mae was the first black woman to be accepted in the training program and the first black female astronaut. In 1992, she would finally fly into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47.

2000’s – Sonia Sotomayor

Ms. Sotomayor is the third female and first Hispanic justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She grew up as a working class kid from the housing projects of the South Bronx in New York City.  Her work ethic, self-discipline and reliance led her to earn a Princeton degree and a law degree from Yale. Her humble story and her path of success inspired President Barack Obama to seek her for a vacant chair on the Supreme Court. Sotomayor’s work has helped our country move towards a more representative democracy.

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