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International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual, focusing on the idea that an equal world is an enabled world.

Everyone is responsible for their own thoughts and actions, and each person has the choice to fight stereotypes and bias while also celebrating female accomplishments. Here are eight women who have individually fought for gender parity to drive collective action.

Championing Fearlessness & Vulnerability

“Everyone has their own skillset, they just need someone to take out the highlighter pen.” – Leslie DiPiero

Staying True to Your Vision

“Doing one thing and doing it well is the secret to success.” – Danielle Ontiveros

BONUS EPISODE – Achieving Expert Status

“As an entrepreneur, there’s always a grind, the grind just changes.” – Kathleen Burns Kingsbury

Rita Mitchell: Overcoming the Nos

“Your power is your gifts, your talent, your brand, your network, your skills, your knowledge, and that belongs to you.” – Rita P. Mitchell

Courtney Whitmore

“If what you are doing doesn’t get you up and out of the bed on Monday morning, then you shouldn’t be doing it.” – Courtney Whitmore