Did you know that women make up 47% of the workforce and that 39% of managers in 2015 were women? However, only 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women and there is still a 21% wage gap. Compared to past decades, women are making progress in leadership roles, but it’s not always easy.
These talented female leaders have gotten where they are today by hard work, persistence, and intelligence. And though we’d like to see more lady bosses running companies, in recent years it has been encouraging to see leading ladies step up to support each other and offer insight into the challenges they’ve faced and their paths to success.
The prevalence of strong women isn’t just increasing in the office, it’s also increasing in Hollywood. From 2014 to 2015, there was an 6% increase in female leads in the top grossing movies. These leading ladies are inspiring in their own right, as they remind us to be strong, brave, and innovative.
On screen, female leaders display themselves in a variety of different ways. Some, like Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada, are icy while others, like Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, are quirky and compassionate. Though some of these leadership styles work better than others, all these women show strength and confidence that many of us aspire to.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we created this visual on unforgettable quotes from our favorite fictional lady bosses.
Which lady boss do you relate to most? Are you like Miranda Bailey, who is full of tough love, but also compassion? Or do you have an inner Paris Geller — cutthroat and unapologetic? Whichever is the case, make sure you embrace your inner (and outer!) lady boss so you can really shine.
If you’re looking for further inspiration, check out our infographic on business advice from pop culture characters!