40 Wildly Successful Women Over 40 Who Are Changing Our World

Women over 40 are a massive source of inspiration and literally improving our quality of life. They are beautiful, they are smart. They influence politics and contemporary culture. These ladies are the proof: We can do it all, at any age. Whether in industries women have been or haven’t been dominating over the past few decades, these women over 40 are rocking their industry and giving back, paving the way for many more to be successful too

40.) Yael Eisenstat: From CIA to Agent of Change

Yael Eisenstat

Twitter / yaeleisenstat

Yael Eisenstats life is movie material: A Former C.I.A. officer and diplomat, who served as national security advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden, she is the founder a global risk advisory consultancy, providing intelligence-based advice to purpose-driven organizations. Eisenstat is also a writer and news commentator, speaks at women’s leadership events about working in male-dominated world and teaches National Security Decision Making. There is nothing this woman can not do.

Find Eisenstat on Twitter: @yaeleisenstat

39.) Nathalie Molina Niño: Investing to Impact Women Worldwide

Nathalie Molina Niño

This woman was born ready to succeed. She began her first tech startup at the age of 20 and is now helping others to do the same. Molina seeks to create change for women everywhere. She is a Founding Advisor of [email protected], an organization designed to support women of all ages through their journey to becoming entrepreneurs, providing them with internships opportunities and helpful resources. She gets the job done and shows that Latinas and immigrants in business are a force to reckon with.

Find Molina on Twitter: @NathalieMolina

38.) Tyra Banks: Model And Entrepreneur 

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Banks was the first black woman to appear on the cover of GQ, the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated and the first black woman to be featured in Victoria’s Secret lingerie catalogue. She became a role model for millions of people.

Not just for her accomplishments as a model, but also for being an absolute fighter and an active body positive campaigner. She has been ridiculed by the media, for gaining weight. But instead of feeling upset, she came out fighting and in doing so, reassured the many who struggled too.

Find Banks on Instagram: @tyrabanks

37.) Lashinda Stair: First Assistant Chief of Police

Lashinda Stair

Twitter / @DetPublicSafety

Stair is the first ever female, Afro-American Assistant Chief of Police in the Detroit Police Department and the first DPD member appointed to the rank of First Assistant Chief of Police, advising and encouraging especially female officers and actively supporting and mentoring young people. Together with Girls for Global Growth, she helps young people with issues of peer pressure, low self-esteem and bullying.

She is fighting for more officers on patrol and had a leading role in creating a civilian workforce for some internal units, which allowed the department to return Police Officers to patrol and is a huge innovation within the police.

36.) Melissa McCarthy: Actress And Leading Lady on TV And Film

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For some, the breakthrough comes later than forothers. At 41, McCarthy had almost given up.

Fast forward 6 years, she is now the most bankable comedy star in the world, showing everyone that weight is not more than a number on the scale. Before McCarthy made it into the cinemas, she had less than $5 in her bank account. Now she is teaching us to never stop pursuing our dreams.

Find McCarthy on Twitter: @melissamccarthy