March is Women’s History Month, anchored by International Women’s Day on March 8. Last year, IWD was commemorated not just by celebrities Instagramming their love for their mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and wives, but also by worldwide strikes that saw women charging the streets of London, Madrid, New York, and beyond to demand better pay and an end to harassment.
At ELLE, we consider it a tremendous privilege to be able to highlight inspirational women not just on March 8, but every day of the year. In the following pages, you’ll find women who are dominating their fields, from our cover star, Gigi Hadid, who has become one of the highest-paid and most-followed models in part for her infusion of style with substance (“Gigi Does Rio,” page 257), to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who spoke with ELLE shortly before reclaiming the gavel in the House of Representatives last January (“The ELLE Woman,” page 252).
But it’s the lesser-known names in this issue that are equally worthy of your attention: Girls Who Code’s Reshma Saujani, Blavity Inc.’s Morgan DeBaun, and Maven’s Kate Ryder are all changing the face of technology (“Women for Women,” page 150). Longtime journalist Jane
Mayer, who’s made headlines recently for holding powerful men accountable, reminds us that reporting the facts is not a form of resistance but necessary to our existence (“Is the Truth Loud Enough?,” page 244). Meanwhile, after a millennium of men dictating the design of the very cities and structures in which we live, British Iranian architect Farshid Moussavi builds with an eye toward community.
“Women helping women…it’s a beautiful thing to behold,” Speaker Pelosi told us. Here’s to lifting each other up and hearing each other out—this month, and every month hereafter.