Happy International Women’s Day! While strong, inspiring women are to be celebrated every day, today gives us a good opportunity to learn a bit more a few who are making an amazing impact on our world.
Of course, we are not able to tell their whole stories here so please make sure to spend on your time to find out more about their amazing lives.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Known for: Becoming just the second woman justice to the US Supreme Court, Notorious RBG, as she was affectionately called, had tirelessly fought for the rights of women, minorities and the LGBTQ community until her death in September 2020. She became an icon for many for her unapologetic stances and courage for calling out injustices.
Known for: Being one of the greatest ever tennis players and winning the most Grand Slam Titles, more than any other male or female athletes. While many players have come and gone, one of the most astonishing facts is that Serena Williams is still going as strong as ever after a career of almost 20 years.
Known for: Leading New Zealand as their Prime Minister exemplarily during a number of major challenges such as the global Covid-19 pandemic, terrorist attacks and earthquakes. New Zealand and Jacinda Ardern in particular were singled out for praise for controlling the pandemic much better than most nations.
Known for: One of the most progressive politicians in America Alexandra has always stood with the marginalised in society, but also focuses on changes to policy to ensure that the environment is protected from further harm and to reverse where possible.
Known for: Though Michelle Obama came to attention as Former American President Obama’s wife, she quickly became a role model for women, LGBT Rights, an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating, most notably starting the ‘Let’s Move’ Initiative.
Known for: She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and the first woman to complete the Seven Summits Challenge – climbing the highest peak on every continent.
Known for: Being the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work as an activist for female education in Pakistan. In 2012, at the age of 15, she survived a Taliban assassination attempt despite being hit by a bullet. She founded the non-profit organisation, the Malala Fund, working to help keep young girls in education around the world. All this before she turned 20!
Known for: A vocal environmentalist, Greta leads a global community of like-minded youth in combating climate change. Still very young at 18, Greta began gaining worldwide attention when she was just 15 years old for her activism in Sweden. The work that has been led by Greta has gained much attention across governments in many countries and the United Nations prompting policy changes.
Known for: Having a career filled with multiple accolades, any one of would be the highlight of an athletes career. These include being awarded the Ballon d’Or Feminin, Best FIFA Women’s Player 2019, Gold at the 2021 Summer Olympics in London, 2015 and 2019 World Cup Winner and the list goes on.
Known for: Halima is an iconic figure in the world of modelling for shining a spotlight on social issues including human rights, race, and diversity. Throughout her career she has shattered countless stereotypes by becoming the first model to wear a hijab on the ramp.
Known for: In 2020 became the first female, black and south asian elected Vice President of the United States of America. Kamala born to two immigrant parents have spoken of the bullying and racism she has faced both while growing up and also once she entered politics. Determined make a difference where she could Kamala then went on to be the attorney general and senator for California before running for vice president.
Known for: An extremely talented actress, screenwriter, director, producer and singer, Michaela is best known for creating and starring in unique and hard hitting shows like Chewing Gum and I May Destroy You. For a lot of her work she takes inspiration from her own life and blends it in with the story to make her message heard.