The International Women’s Day 2019 global theme is ‘balance for better’. Campaigning for a gender-balanced world is at the essence of IWD and now more than ever, we live in a world where injustices are called out and inclusivity and equality, is championed. And that is certainly something to celebrate.
We’re championing the women in our communities right across the country that are campaigning for change, be it though their work, their side hustle or their unwavering support of other women, everywhere.
From playwrights to politicians, activists to actors, these inspiring Australian women represent the depth and breadth of talent and progress right across the county.
Recently becoming the youngest ‘100 Women of Influence’ nominee, Caitlin Figueiredo is a staunch activist, advocate for gender equality and director of the Global Resolutions Project as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. So lofty are this young woman’s achievements, ex FLOTUS Michelle Obama even invited her to the White House where she was named Global Changemaker for Global Equality. Inspiring stuff.
Entrepreneur, creative director, plus CEO and founder of Culture Machine Agency, Yasmin Suteja is the ultimate slashie. Her unique vision and representation of life in Australia, particularly when representing youth brands in fashion and design, is shaping our culture to think more inclusively, more freely and more creatively.
DJ, writer, MTV presenter, author and social influencer, Flex Mami is repping our next-gen, proving there is no glass ceiling if you work hard. Her refreshing energy and life-affirming social media account—which touches on identity, politics, and race all while celebrating being female—is honest and uplifting, encouraging others to live a life that’s theirs.
CEO of Girl Geek Academy, Sarah Moran is all about that tech life. Having already enabled STEM training for over 10,000 students in Australia, Moran’s overarching goal is to inspire 1 million women into technology industry by 2025. She also spearheaded the world’s first hackathon for girls aged five to eight and then hosted a TEDTalk about it.
At just 20 years old, Brisbane singer-songwriter Grace Jones, aka Mallrat, has been making music since she was just 15 years old. A triple J Hottest 100 artist, the young Brisbanite was juggling fame with her year 11 exams during the release of ‘Suicide Blonde’. Now headlining some of the biggest Australian music festivals and repping us hard overseas, prepare to hear a lot more from this creative queen.
Adelaide singer, songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza has been working solidly since her debut EP ‘Brontasaurus’ in 2013, catapulting her to become the face of female hip hop in Australia. Paving the way for young Aussie females in a male-led genre, Tkay is winning awards left, right and centre for her dedication, precision and off the scale skills.
A prominent feminist writer and female voice in the Australian journalism community, Lancaster is a novelist and columnist. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, The Guardian and Frankie) and she has been shortlisted for the Richell Prize for Emerging Artists. Brodie is the founder and editor of Filmme Fatales, a self-published zine focussing on film and feminist ideals, shedding light on what it is to be a feminist in 2019.
Named one of Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30, Amrita Hepi has had a massive couple of years. An award-wining dancer and choreographer and a proud Bundjulung Ngaphi woman, her practice combines her passion for dance with ideas of authenticity, of culture and tradition of her native peoples. Currently undertaking a residency in NYC, Hepi is recognised as one of Australia’s most talented young choreographers.
Turning a profit through sheer hard work and determination, Lissiman flipped her side hustle into arguably the most successful accessories label to come out of Australia. After starting her company back in 2014, her designs can be now be found on the faces of Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner and the pages of US Vogue.
Their work as an interdisciplinary artist has appeared on stages and galleries throughout Australia (most recently appearing at Queensland’s QAGOMA), Bhenji Ra’s dedication to representing the LGBTQI community and championing gender binary stereotypes in Australia has made them a voice for our young Aussies.
Author, playwright, producer and actor, Michelle Law is the definition of multi-tasker—with the awards to prove it. With Family Law in its third season on the ABC, plus a slew of best-selling books to her name, she’s also in the midst of her second season writing, producing and acting in sell-out show Single Asian Female.
Activist and founder of not-for-profit organisation, E Raced, Prudence Melom is leading the charge in SEQ when it comes to changing outdated stereotypes on race in our schooling system. Launching E Raced out of Melom’s own experiences as a Chadian refugee, her dedication to education reform in local schools, and dedication to asylum seekers in her local community has won her grants from the federal government and backing from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal grant program.
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