Yesterday, I asked a question on Twitter
to get the input of my online community. And wow, did I ever get input!
Who would you say is an influential, inspirational, creative FEMALE voice? Why?
And the flood of responses was overwhelming.
I was surprised by all the guys who tweeted back! Thank you, men, for stepping up and shining light on the women you admire and respect.
And women, thank you for highlighting the many strong women who add so much to your own lives.
I ended up spending hours going through all the names. Many familiar to me... some dear friends... a plethora I'd never heard of before. Until now.
The women on this list span the globe.
They are authors, speakers, artists, musicians, photographers, CEOs, moms...
And all of them? Strong voices of creativity, inspiration, and influence.
Quite a few people asked to see all the names that came in, so I compiled them into a list, along with the "why"s people shared. I've included website and Twitter links, so you can easily start following these incredible women.
Each of us, no matter where we are or what we do, has a voice.
We have influence. We have listeners. We have followers.
(And I'm not just talking the Twitter-kind of followers... Think about your 3-year-old following you around the house, trying to do what you do. Think about your friends who ask for your advice. Think about your spouse, committed to doing life with you. Believe it or not, you have followers.)
People are listening. They are watching. They are being impacted by us, even when we are unaware.
Think about your voice today.
And what you want people to hear...
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Take some time to meet and connect with these amazing women around the world.
And let us know who you would add to the list, and why.
Allison Buzard | allisonbuzard.com | @AllisonBuzard
Her perspective on how faith influences social work systems is unique in a culture clamoring for 'social justice'
Ally Spotts | allyspotts.com | @allyspotts
Courageous faith-walker and bold truth-teller
Amena Brown Owen | amenabrown.com | @amenabee
Poet like you've never seen, heard, or experienced; she breathes life through her spoken words
Amy Becker | amyjuliabecker.com | @amyjuliabecker
Honest, smart, beautiful writer
Angie Magnino | smangiemag.blogspot.com | @graceinseason
Powerhouse of creativity and leadership
Anne Jackson | annejacksonwrites.com | @AnneJackson
Truth written in beauty
Ashley Campbell | ashleyannphotography.com/blog
Beautiful writer and photographer; Inspirationally teaches her kids to care for the world
Ashley Smith | @ashleyasmith
A passionate voice for grace
Beth Moore | blog.lproof.org | @BethMooreLPM
Gifted communicator of God's Word
Bianca Olthoff | blog.inthenameoflove.org | @BiancaOlthoff
Says it like it is; Biblically sound and unafraid to speak the truth
Bobbie Houston | coloursisterhood.com | @bobbiehouston
Strong leader, pioneer, unique thinker
Candace Cameron Bure | candacecameronbure.net | @candacecbure
An incredible, Godly role model in Hollywood
Caryn Rivadeneira | carynrivadeneira.com | @carynrivadeneir
Candid and authentic about the intersection of life and faith
Chimamanda Adichie | Her TED talk
Beautifully weaves African history, stories, and heritage into poignant relevant truths
Christine Caine | equipandempower.com | @ChristineCaine
Powerful, passionate teacher of truth; Rescuing women who've been victims of sex trafficking
Danah Boyd | zephoria.org/thoughts | @zephoria
She's a genius
Darlene Zschech | darlenezschech.com | @darlenezschech
Surrendered heart of worship
Emily Thomas | cancercardxchange.org | @eticklethomas
Followed her passion and drive to start a nonprofit with potential to change lives, and the best mom I've ever known
Idelette McVicker | idelette.com | @idelette
Passionate about raising our collective voices to bring down the walls of injustice
Jamie Wright | theveryworstmissionary.com | @JamieTheVWM
Raw honesty with a little bit of crazy goodness
Jen Lemen | hopefulworld.org | @jenlemen
Smart and inspiring
Jennifer White | jenniferowhite.com | @jenniferowhite
Full of grace and wisdom
Jenny Jones | jennybjones.com | @JenBJones
Shows how a woman can be funny without being crass, brilliant without dumbing herself down for men, and vulnerable without being mushy
Jill Sweetman | jillsweetman.com | @jillsweetman
Amazing pastor with a heart for marriage, parenting, and relational issues
Jonalyn Fincher | soulation.org/jonalynblog
Intelligent, articulate, and redefines Biblical womanhood
Juli Slattery | facebook.com/JuliSlattery | @DrJuliSlattery
Wise, grounded reflections
Karen Hammons | karenhammons.mobi | @karenhammons
Encouraging advocate for grace
Karen Walrond | karenwalrond.com | @Chookooloonks
Kim Miller | redesigningworship.com | @kimmmiller
Giftedly creative woman
Laura Story | laurastorymusic.com | @LauraStoryMusic
Honest, thoughtful, and worshipful
Mandy Steward | messycanvas.com | @messycanvas
Original and amazingly creative
Margaret Feinberg | margaretfeinberg.com | @mafeinberg
One of the most passionate speakers I've ever heard; amazingly creative teacher
Mary DeMuth | marydemuth.com | @MaryDeMuth
Transparent thinker who inspires others; Generous with her ideas, resources, and encouragement
Mary Ellen Mark | maryellenmark.com
Tells a compelling story in her photography
Nancy Duarte | duarte.com | @nancyduarte
Nicola Hulks | nicolahulks.blogspot.com | @nicolahwriter
Never afraid to be herself, takes huge steps of faith, gifted writer who uses her influence for good
Nicole Cottrell | modernreject.com | @modernreject
Hip, funny, cool, and can jab people with Scripture and truth; Powerful writer, pulls no punches, challenging/inspiring faith; Someone I'd want to lead my church
Priscilla Shirer | goingbeyond.com | @PriscillaShirer
Powerfully influential speaker
Rachel Snyder | thelazychristian.com | @LazyChristian
Outspoken, candid, truth-speaker
Renee Ronika Klug | quietanthem.blogspot.com | @reneeronika
Passionate to see women restored to freedom
Sarah Brown | gordonandsarahbrown.com | @SarahBrownUK
So wise and strong, yet so down to earth
Sarah Cunningham | sarahcunningham.org | @sarahcunning
In her element with creativity and influence; Has vision for tomorrow and brings others into it; Speaks directly to this generation with authenticity
Shauna Niequist | shaunaniequist.com | @sniequist
Honest about life and faith
Stephanie Smith | stephaniessmith.com | @stephindialogue
Encourages me through her writing about beauty and creativity
Sunny Cain | sunnycain.blogspot.com | @sunnycain
Challenges me to live up to God's best; Honest, gentle, wise beyond her years
Tamara Lunardo | tamaraoutloud.com | @tamaraoutloud
Epitomizes creativity, balance, grace, and beauty -- in words, in life, in faith, in action
Teresa Robinson | rightbrainplanner.com | @stargardener
Things that felt impossible for me feel possible in her presence
Tina Francis | shelovesmagazine.com | @teenbug
Embraces risk, hopes against hope
Tracee Persiko | traceepersiko.com | @traceepersiko
Knows her stuff and her passion is contagious; Loves deeply, makes people feel seen and valued, communicates God's truth from the overflow of her heart
Vicky Beeching | vickybeeching.com | @vickybeeching
Creative, inspiring, pioneer
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Who else would you add to the list?
(Please include links so it's easy for everyone to find & follow them.)