In a time of so much change and renewal, there is no better time to revisit our roots — what keeps us going through the hard days, wakes us up in the morning, and inspires us to create. For us? Monarch Reign is unequivocally driven by women; the timeless, stand-up-for-what-you-believe-in kind of woman. The kind of woman who makes history and breaks ceilings, who wears heels on cobblestone and bright lipstick on a Monday. Today, we want to celebrate this remarkable spirit and recognize the women who unite us across time, space, and perspective — today, we want to talk about Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Audrey Hepburn, and the Notorious RBG.
Audrey Hepburn, known for her glamorous style and classic films, is so much more than the sum of her parts. After capturing the heart and soul of the American film industry, Hepburn retired from film and reserved all of her talent and energy to her family and the UNICEF foundation — at her appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador in 1989, Hepburn said “"I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II. I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does." The hardships that molded Hepburn’s childhood pressurized her struggle into diamonds; her talent, altruism, and forgiving spirit is unparalleled today.
Serena Williams needs no introduction. Her exceptional gift proceeds her in every arena, but her most striking talent is not her ability to succeed — rather, Serena Williams is a master of resilience. After winning titles at the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open, and Wimbleton in 2003, Serena injured her knee and spent almost four years in recovery. She came back in 2007 stronger than ever, only to suffer from a“potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism” in 2010. Again, Williams flourished in the challenge, emerging back on the court to dominate the Grand Slams. In a remarkable finish, Williams won her most recent Grand Slam match against her sister while pregnant with her first child.
Oprah Winfrey cannot be summed up with words, let alone a small paragraph; she possesses the wisdom, accolades, and ventures that most people would be lucky to experience over the course of ten lifetimes. On her website, her bio is sorted into 9 categories: Television Pioneer, Magazine Founder & Editorial Director, Producer/Actress, Online Leader, Philanthropist, the list goes on and on. So much of Oprah’s success is due to her deeply wise and thoughtful perspective; “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” Perhaps we can all take some inspiration in her mindful power and undying resiliency during these uncertain ways of life.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg — mother, grandmother, and feminist idol of the the 21st century. Ginsberg single-handily shaped the woman’s experience in America by pioneering women’s rights through the Supreme Court like it had never been done before; “"Reliance on overbroad generalizations ... estimates about the way most men or most women are, will not suffice to deny opportunity to women whose talent and capacity place them outside the average description," Ginsburg wrote. Ginsberg sailed through politics just like this — with the sophistication of a world leader and the cool, objective, thoroughly untenable spirit of a national judge. Today (and everyday), we thank her for pushing through the barriers to open doors for countless women across the United States
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