International Women’s Day 2013

Today, men and women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. Since the early 1900s people have used the annual holiday as an opportunity to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements. In honor of this, we’re recognizing several exceptional women that utilize Instagram to document their incredible stories of talent, triumph and humanitarianism:

  • Bethany Hamilton (@bethanyhamilton) — Known for surviving a shark attack that left her without one arm, she overcame the injury to become a professional surfer.
  • Yoko Ono (@yokoonoofficial)— A Japanese artist, peace activist and feminist, also known for her philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace and AIDS outreach programs.
  • Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas (@gabbydoug2012) — Making history in the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions, becoming the first black woman of any nationality to do so.
  • Padma Lakshmi (@padmalakshmi) — The first internationally successful Indian supermodel, she is now the host of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” an award-winning author of two cookbooks, and the co-founder of a nonprofit organization focused on increasing awareness, education and research about endometriosis.

For more incredible women sharing their stories on Instagram, be sure to follow Oprah Winfrey (@oprah), Sheryl Sandberg (@sherylsandberg), Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara), Diane von Furstenberg (@dvf) Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling), Ellen DeGeneres (@theellenshow) and Shakira (@itsshakira)!