At Leap of Joy we accept all who want to participate in our theater and dance programs, but we originally started out as a female based organization. To celebrate our roots, we take a look at all the women who influence our everyday lives. From scientists to celebrities, here’s six incredible human beings who we strive to be like everyday.

6. Pardis Sabeti

Pardis is the innovative scientist who was able to use real time DNA sequencing to prove that Ebola was spreading from human to human. This was imperative to the Ebola outbreak as they were able to draw blood from initial patients and learn what was happening right away. Many of her colleagues died during the process, but even with the eminent danger lurking around every corner, Pardis pushed on.



5. Misty Copeland

Misty is the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s history. This is a huge landmark in ballet history as there’s been a pattern of keeping to past traditions when it comes to the “prima ballerina”. Misty doesn’t necessarily fit that mold, and those differences helped propel her to the top. As a dance organization we love Misty’s drive and talent, and we’re so happy to have a positive dance idol for our kids to looks up to.


4. Laverne Cox

Laverne is the first openly trans-gendered person to be nominated for a daytime Emmy. The African-American woman plays a recurring character on Netflix’s original drama Orange is the New Black, and acts as an LGBT advocate for those still looking for their voice. Laverne gives hope to those with none, and her bravery throughout her transition (and life in general) is admirable.


3. Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker

This one’s a two-fer. Sick of the way young people are pandered to on the internet, Amy and Meredith have created an online oasis dedicated to “Chang[ing] the world by being yourself”. The campaign focuses on the importance in intelligence and self-worth rather than vanity or “fitting in”. Considering Amy’s place in Hollywood and her experience with women being exploited to fit a certain image, it’s incredibly important that she’s taken on this role.


2. Malala Yousafzai

Malala is a young activist for female education, and the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever. At the young age of eleven, Malala began writing for the BBC under a pseudonym in order to describe her experiences during the Taliban occupation. During that time she began getting unwanted attention from the Taliban, and by 2013 while boarding a bus to school an attempt was made on her life. She was shot three times, but pulled through to continue her activism. She became a Nobel laureate at age seventeen, and has published a memoir of her experiences and thoughts. Malala has just turned eighteen, and shows no signs of slowing down.


1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG is just the second female justice to sit on the Supreme Court. Since her inauguration in 1993 under President Bill Clinton, Ginsburg has been making waves as a certified bad***. Before sitting on the Supreme Court, RBG advocated for female rights for years. She attended both Harvard and Columbia earning top grades and later becoming the director of the Women’s Right’s Project at the ACLU. She has beaten cancer twice, and fights for equal rights among all groups. RBG is 82, and will continue fighting the good fight until they have to drag her to her grave. We humbly admire her, and everything she has done (and will continue to do) for humanity.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


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