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10 Women To Inspire You This International Women’s Day

By Rachel Lay - 08 Mar 2016

Margaret Hamilton programmed the software for the Apollo | Image credit: NASA

It’s International Women’s Day today, and even though every day should be International Women’s Day, we’re taking a moment to appreciate some seriously bad-ass women in celebration.

Let’s not forget, while there’s heaps to celebrate today, there’s also a lot we still need to work toward. Here are 10 women currently inspiring us:

#1 Cate McGregor

Cate was nominated for Australian of the year this year for good reason. She’s made huge strides in fighting for the equality of women as a whole, including the LGBTI community, especially within the military.

#2 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

You may recognise her from Beyonce’s ‘Flawless’ film clip, but Chimamanda is more than just an intro to a song. A feminist writer, Chimamanda, is most well known for her TED talk ‘We Should All Be Feminists.’ Chuck listening to her speech on your to-do list for today and you won’t regret it.

#3 Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty is a bit of an Aussie icon (soz Shannon Noll). She’s done SO much for changing the conversation about domestic violence in Australia and remains a strong, fearless spokeswoman despite the struggles she’s endured.

#4 Sophia Amoruso

Sophia coined the term #GirlBoss with her book that sparked a pretty awesome revolution among young women inspiring them to be their own #GirlBoss. If you haven’t read it, you probably should!

#5 Leslie Cannold

Leslie is pretty freakin’ cool. She achieved two incredible victories for Australian women’s reproductive rights. She’s also a member of numerous health boards and tribunals, a prize-winning columnist and all around top chick. Yeah, we also have time to do all that.

#6 Lisa Wilkinson

Former editor of numerous Aussie mags (she nabbed her first editor gig at 21), breakfast TV show host, and uses her position to act as a spokeswoman for women everywhere. Killing it.

#7 Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was awesome. She received over 50 honorary degrees, performed in an opera, was a journalist in Ghana, read her poetry at Bill Clinton’s inauguration and did so much to shed light on the inequality faced by women of colour.

#8 Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest for around 15 years while fighting for democracy in Myanmar, and we’re gonna take a stab in the dark and say she didn’t have Netflix during her 15 year stint trapped at home. The happy ending? She won the 2015 Myanmar elections in a landslide result!

#9 Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton wrote the code that sent humans to the moon, as a working mum. She programmed the onboard software for Apollo, but she didn’t have a laptop to create her code, she had to punch holes in cards that were then sewn together by seamstresses with magnetic rings. That’s whole lot more code than our MySpace days involved…#incredible.

#10 Carla McGrath

Carla McGrath is one busy woman: she is the Head of Sustainability at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, is the co-chair of the NSW reconciliation council, vice chair of the Australian Youth Affairs Coaltion, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel member of The Smith Family, and a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Pheeewwww. And that’s not even the full list. Meanwhile we don’t even have time to take our make up off. 

Who have we missed? Let us know the women who inspire you!

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