If you are looking for cool inspiration, meet the Women of Impact — a group that does not hesitate to go where their heart leads — on the National Geographic channel. The documentary, which premiered on Oct 19, features new and archival interviews with more than 40 women from diverse disciplines, cultural backgrounds and generations.
Among them are paleoclimate scientist Intan Suci Nurhati, who studies human imprints on climate change and the environment; Sri Lankan marine biologist Asha de Vos, a pioneer of blue whale research within the northern Indian Ocean; ocean explorer Sylvia Earle, Time magazine’s first-ever Hero for the Planet; journalist and author Martha Raddatz, who has covered world events and political affairs with ABC News for over two decades, primatologist Jane Goodall and philanthropist Melinda Gates.
Women of Impact serves as a companion to Women: The National Geographic Image Collection, released last month. The book packs more than 300 photographs drawn from its collection of images, with interviews that tell even more. Each page focuses on a singular aspect of women’s existence and shows how National Geographic has depicted them since its founding in 1888.
Photographers such as Lynsey Addario, Jodi Cobb and Ami Vitale — one of InStyle magazine’s 50 Badass Women in 2018 — tell behind-the-scenes stories with their stunning images of women from more than 50 countries.
Training their lenses on the subjects’ lifestyles, cultures, passions and pursuits, the photographers capture a spectrum of trailblazers, from suffragettes and stars to the green-eyed “Afghan girl”, an iconic representative of refugees who fled the war between Afghanistan and Russia in the early 1980s.
Watch the trailer for the documentary below: