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Actress. Mother. Entrepreneur. Is there anything Jessica Alba can't do? When the star was pregnant with her first daughter, Honor, she couldn't find natural baby products on the market that she felt safe using. Rather than being discouraged, Alba decided to create her own company for safe products, now known as The Honest Company.
Today, she regards that decision as one of the boldest moves she's ever made—which falls in line with this year's theme for International Women's Day, #BeBoldforChange. Alba decided to take to LinkedIn to address females around the world with a heartfelt personal essay, encouraging all women to achieve their full potential. "To many, it's a typical calendar date, but to me, it's a day to reflect on the importance of being BOLD and how we can all challenge ourselves," Alba writes. She explains the importance of women in business, and how she offers leadership opportunities to females within her own company.
It can be challenging for women to stand up and make a difference in the workplace (or anywhere), and Alba doesn't shy away from mentioning that. Her best piece of advice is to surround yourself with a group of women that both encourage and motivate you. "At the end of the day you may not make the rules—yet—but you can create the reality you want," Alba says.
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