International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. The festival sets out to show respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements in modern society.
During the past year, quite a few female celebrities have made significant achievements in their fields. Their persistence, enthusiasm and encouragement has led more females to pursue their own goals regardless of outside factors.
There is a saying in China that goes: "Women hold up half the sky". Now, let's look at the lives of eight prominent sky-holders.
1.China's Women's Volleyball Team
Key word: Persistence
Achievement: After a 12-year wait, China's Women's Volleyball Team re-gained its spot on top of dais, winning gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team are now regarded as national heroes, proudly carrying the flag of China's Olympic glory that first flew 30 years ago.
Quote: "We are a team, we never gave up and united as one to overcome difficulties. I believe this spirit can shine through in all walks of life." — Lang Ping, coach of China's Women's Volleyball Team
Key word: Confidence
Achievement: As the first Chinese model to walk the Victoria's Secret runway and the first Asian model to make Forbes magazine's annual highest-paid models list, Liu has led three other Chinese girls to the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, bringing a wave of Chinese chic to the fashion world.
Quote: "I am not born to be a model. But as long as I become a model, I take it seriously." —— Liu Wen
Key word: Diligence
Achievement: Reputed as the Queen of C-pop and described as an Asian Madonna, Jolin Tsai has achieved everlasting popularity in Chinese-speaking countries by releasing a series of commercially successful albums. During the past year, she has actively pushed into other fields winning the gold medal at the 2016 UK Cake International competition and becoming the first Chinese singer to be invited to take part in fashion shows including Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Met Gala and fashion week in Paris, New York, London and Milan.
Quote: "Pop singers should challenge pre-existing concepts and lead audiences to accept new genres of music. Madonna's works were controversial and somewhat critically panned when just released, but after years they were considered masterpieces." —— Jolin Tsai