Powerful stories of women around the world

4:18 p.m. ET, March 8, 2019

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4:07 p.m. ET, March 8, 2019

The CEO of SoulCycle is taking action

On International Women's Day, CNN asked women around the world to share how they're empowering others. Here's what Melanie Whelan said.

Melanie Whelan, CEO of indoor cycling company SoulCycle, is taking action. "Over 80% of the managers of our studio communities around North America are women," Whelan told CNN.

"We empower them every day by challenging them to build the sanctuaries in their local communities for all of our riders to come and escape and have an experience that's one-of-a-kind."

She also posted on Instagram in honor of International Women's Day, writing: "It's not 'She's a female CEO', it's just 'She's a CEO.'"

3:29 p.m. ET, March 8, 2019

How Meghan Markle spent International Women's Day

British singer Annie Lennox, British model Adwoa Aboah and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend a panel discussion to mark International Women's Day in London, England.
British singer Annie Lennox, British model Adwoa Aboah and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend a panel discussion to mark International Women's Day in London, England. Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, spent part of International Women's Day at King’s College London on Friday for a panel discussion on female empowerment.

Meghan joined activists and leaders from Australia, Zimbabwe and other countries to discuss issues affecting young women today.

"I think the treat in and of itself is being able to be here and be with these incredible women on the panel. That is such a gift on this day and then separate from that, the women in my life that I want to celebrate I will continue to send some love to today, but also the men who are championing all of us as part of this journey is great," she said.
3:17 p.m. ET, March 8, 2019

She's a writer, yoga teacher and body positivity advocate

On International Women's Day, CNN asked women around the world to share how they're empowering others. Here's Jessamyn Stanley's story.

Through taking up yoga and chronicling her journey on Instagram, body positivity activist Jessamyn Stanley has proved that "yoga is for everybody, every shape, every size and every color."

She has used yoga as a personal platform to work through both spiritual and physical issues and empowered thousands in the process, changing the stereotype of who or what yoga should be.

2:06 p.m. ET, March 8, 2019

San Juan's mayor is fighting for girls' education

On International Women's Day, CNN asked women around the world to share how they're empowering others. Here's what San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said.

Cruz, mayor of San Juan, became involved in Puerto Rico's Popular Democratic Party in 2003, and was elected president of its women's organization.

Since becoming mayor in 2012, she has worked to empower women "by making sure they have access to quality education and empowering educational experiences."

1:51 p.m. ET, March 8, 2019

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern: You can be "both a prime minister and a mother."

On International Women's Day, CNN asked women around the world to share how they're empowering others. Here's what New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Ardern was just the second world leader to have a child while in office after former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Ardern — the country's youngest Prime Minister for 150 years — gave birth to her daughter last summer. She made headlines last September when she brought the baby to the United Nations General Assembly, hoping it would "normalize" workplaces accommodating mothers.

"If we want to make workplaces more open, we need to acknowledge logistical challenges... by being more open it might create a path for other women," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour last year.

"The fact I'm the third female Prime Minister, I never grew up believing my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted."

This International Women's Day, Ardern says she hopes to empower women by showing you can be "both a prime minister and a mother."

1:01 p.m. ET, March 8, 2019

She's the captain of the all-girls Afghan robotics team that won silver in the US

On International Women's Day, CNN asked women around the world to share how they're empowering others. Here's Fatemah Qaderyan's story.

Afghani teenager Fatemah Qaderyan is the captain of her country's all-girl robotics team, which gained international attention last year after it was blocked from traveling to Washington, D.C. for a competition.

The US briefly denied the team visas, attracting an international outcry, and eventually walked the decision back. The team went on to win a silver medal.

"We helped bring attention to the limits placed on girls and women in my country, and we showed the world that, if given the chance, Afghan girls can do anything," Qaderyan wrote in a CNN op-ed.

She continues to advocate for access to education for girls all over the war-torn country while breaking stereotypes of what are typical areas for girls' to achieve in.