8th March marks International Women’s Day – a day to recognise and celebrate all the amazing things that women have achieved. It also marks a call to action for helping to increase equality for women and a recognition of women’s rights. It is a day for females to pull together and a make a positive difference for women around the world.
As International Women’s Day approaches let’s take a few minutes to reflect on some truly inspirational and awe inspiring females.
Malala was just a teenager when she was shot by a member of the Taliban for advocating for women’s educational rights in Pakistan. This inspiring woman refused to be silenced and continues to fight for human rights around the world and even went on to become the youngest ever person to win a Noble Peace Prize.
Ashley has helped to redefine beauty standards by becoming the first ever plus size model to be featured on the cover of the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. Ashley has also graced many other famous beauty publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. But, perhaps even more impressively, Ashley regularly visits schools to help promote positive body image and acceptance to youngsters. A very worthy role “model”!
Perhaps best known for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter series, Emma Watson has redefined herself in recent years. She is now known as a proud, outspoken feminist and is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and an advocate for women’s educational rights.
Lena Dunham achieved success in Hollywood by writing, producing, directing and starring in the award winning show Girls. Lena is also an outspoken feminist and regularly talks about body acceptance and other important topics. By showing her nude body in Girls, which doesn’t traditionally meet the “Hollywood ideal”, Dunham has helped to open conversations about different body types and become an inspiration to many women.
How to get involved and support International Women’s Day.
• Check out internationalwomensday.com to find lots of exciting events taking place and go along and take part.
• Help to start conversations about equality in workplaces to help with positive future actions and initiatives.
• Celebrate women’s achievements and accomplishments and support any women you know who are running businesses and organisations.