It’s International Women’s Day and we’re really excited to celebrate the achievements of women the world over. Sexism is an ongoing battle that we’re proud to be fighting against alongside other amazing organisations and individuals who are collectively giving the 🖕🏽 to gender stereotypes. Women have been making history throughout history, it’s about time we all started celebrating it!
So to celebrate IWD 2019, we’ve compiled a list of 10 amazing women who truly deserve a shoutout for their all-around badassery:
1. Marley Dias
When she was in sixth grade, Marley Dias launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks. The campaign was a drive to collect and distribute 1,000 books with black girl protagonists and give them out to libraries all over the world. Marley launched her own book this year and it’s awesome…
2. Tamika D. Mallory
Social Justice champion and co-founder of the Women’s March, Tamika D Mallory is responsible for fronting the intersectional feminist movement. The New York Amsterdam Times names her as Woman of the Year on 2017 stating “[Mallory] spoke before more than 1 million people in Washington D.C. and a total of 5 million worldwide who witnessed the power of women coming together in the aftermath of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The moment is now documented as the largest single-day protest in U.S. history and Mallory was at the forefront.”
4. Alyssa Milano
We’re all familiar with #MeToo. Over the last year, there have been some horrifying revelations about the treatment of women in the film industry but #MeToo was something even bigger than Hollywood; it was a public demand for gender equality and an end to sexual harassment and violence towards women… and it all started with a tweet.
5. Charlie Craggs
Charlie is a trans activist and the founder of award-winning national campaign called Nail Transphobia. The idea is an example of what’s been called ‘gentle activism’. Charlie tackles transphobia on the daily by offering the opportunity to chat to a real trans person whilst getting your nails done! The idea means that people who might not be in the know with trans issues can ask questions and find out more information in a safe space.
6. Camilla Thurlow
After appearing on Love Island in 2017 Camilla used her new-found fame to raise awareness of humanitarian issues going on around the work. Rather than Tweeting her love for brands and face cream Camilla talks about the things that really matter, and we think that’s pretty cool.
7. Meryl Streep
Officially the mother of Hollywood, Meryl’s speech at the Golden Globes in 2017 was not only moving and beautiful, it was important, relevant and needed. “When the Powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”… Go get em’ Meryl!
8. The Nigerian Bob-sleigh team
Ok so, this one’s a bit of a cheat because it’s kind of a two-in-one but Seun Adigun (left) and Akuoma Omeoga (right) had people cheering at their TV screens the world over when they took to the slopes in the 2018 WInter Olympics as the first ever African Olympian bob-sleigh team!
9. Mhairie Black
Mhairie black is officially the youngest MP to be elected to the House of Commons in almost 200 years. She brings the noise to parliament on the daily, always drawing attention to LGBTQ and Women’s issues. It’s great to see someone’s representing the Millenial generation in politics!
10. Elle Mills
Elle Mills hit 1 million subscribers on her youtube channel this year and of all the many YouTubers out there who could deserve it, Elle does. Her channels’ got it all, from the lols to the luls. Elle released her coming out story which she shared last year and filled us with all the feels. We highly recommend you check out Elle’s channel, she’s a badass creator and we’re big fans. 😍
Who inspires you?
So there you have it, 10 badass women who we think are awesome! However, this doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones worthy of a shoutout! International Women’s Day is about celebrating the achievements of all women across the globe and we want to hear who’s inspired you this year! Join us in the community to carry on the discussion…