Happy International Women's Day !

Media Girls Network would like to extend a magical International Women’s Day to each of our members and all of the powerful women across the world. Women have birthed everything from empires to social movements. Read along for this list we’ve created of 5 favorite women in media from around the world.

1. Zainab Salbi

Zainab is an Iraqi women’s rights activist, author, and public speaker. After surviving an abusive arranged marriage and the traumas of the Iraq war, she founded Women For Women International dedicating her life to standing in solidarity with women survivors of war. Under Zainab’s leadership the organization has aided over 470,000 women in 8 different areas of conflict. After being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show her relentless efforts to create safe spaces for women she was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Women. She expanded into the media industry in 2011 , establishing the historic talk show The Nidaa Show which aired across 22 Arab countries airing the first episode with an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey. Zainab Salbi has won several awards including #1 Most Influential Arab Women by Arabian Business.

2. Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien has been an iconic symbol in News, Journalism and Activism for more than 25 years. Her presence has served as a sturdy layout of representation to black and latinx communities globally. Her career spans across dozens of networks and she has won countless awards. Her work in discussing groundbreaking topics such as racial disparities in social and political settings has made her one of the most influential journalists of all time. Her production company Starfish Media group has created opportunities to black and brown creatives with access to major platforms.

3. Cheslie Kryst

Cheslie Kryst was an attorney, pageant title holder, and media correspondent for Extra! from North Carolina. She worked to build her career by creating programs geared towards reforming sentencing disparities in her community. She rose to fame after claiming the title of Miss USA in 2019. Cheslie had a passion for philanthropy, including her partnership with Express to raise $1,000,000 for Big Brother Big Sister of America. Kryst went on to be nominated for 2 Emmys for her work in Media. In memoriam after her untimely passing in January of 2022 Dress for Success Charlotte announced the establishment of The Cheslie Kryst Women’s Advancement Fund aiding women in their employment journey. Cheslie is remembered as a vibrant soul who has left a solid legacy within the media industry.

4. Symone D Sanders.