Women to celebrate on International Womans Day 2019

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I wanted to celebrate International Woman’s Day 2019 and recognise all those strong and inspiring women around the world doing incredible work. It is good to know who they are and what they are doing to inspire our promote a better world.

A gender balanced society is essential for peaceful, successful communities.

1 – Jane Goodall – Conservationist

Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE, traveled to Tanzania at the age of 26 years old and began a life of conservation studying chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.

She has just been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Environmental Peace Prize. Jane is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the UN Messenger of Peace.

Her approach is community-centred highlighting the need to put communities at the heart of conservation.

“They are beginning to take action, they are beginning to understand the problem and we are beginning to empower them and listen to their voices.”

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2 – Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook and Founder of

Before joining Facebook, Sandberg was Vice President of Global Online Sales  and Operations at Google.

Known at “rare powerful executive with a soft touch” Sheryl Sandberg is a highly regarded women in the tech industry.

Every company in silicon Valley wants a ‘Sheryl’ meaning they want a leader thats willing to serve as the second in command without over shadowing the chief. She is a very likeable, successful and powerful woman in a male dominated world.

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3 – Amal Clooney – Human Rights Lawyer

Amal Clooney was a very successful Human Rights Lawyer when she met George Clooney.

She is a barrister that specialises in International Law and Human Rights.

She was an advisor to Kofi Annan and selected for a three person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in Gaza Strip.

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4 – Greta Thunberg – Climate Change Activist

Greta Thunberg has been a beacon of light in the uprising of young climate change activists across the world with her School Strike for Climate Movement.

Greta is a Swedish activist still only 15 years old and already

It is estimated that some 1.4 million students in 112 countries walked out of school in protest for ‘climate action’ from Governments.

Her passion for the environment began at the age of 8 years old and my prediction is that she will be a formidable leader and inspiration for many years to come.

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5 – Stella McCartney – Designer and Animal Rights Activist

Stella McCartney was always going to be an inspiring woman with her father being the lead singer of the greatest band in history and her mother being a Vegetarian and animal rights activist.

Stella McCartney is a fashion designer with the same principles as her mother. A vegetarian that does not use leather, feathers or fur in her designs.

Today her label uses sustainable material for half of her products.

She is pushing boundaries of sustainability and recently she entered into a collaboration with Bolt Threads that is developing a system to mimic silk production.

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6 – Oprah Winfrey – Influencer and philanthropist

I have grown up with Oprah, her way with talking to people, her engagement and how she allows people to open up about their stories was inspirational.

How talk show brought up lots of social issues in a sensitive way.

She is sometimes known as one the most influential women in the world.

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7 – Malala Yousafzav – Activist for female education

Malala was one of a few other young girls shot on her school bus on the way from school by a Taliban gunman. She was taken to Birmingham hospital to receive further treatment.

Later she became an activist for Education for girls and created the Malala Fund.

She was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

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8 – Emma Watson – UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

Emma Watson is known to be strong woman on an off screen. She became a UN Ambassador in 2014 and made an incredibly powerful acceptance speech.

She is specifically an advocate for the HeForShe campaign promoting gender equality.

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9 – Emily Wright – Co-founder of Doterra making a global impact

I dabbled in Doterra Essential Oils for 1 year but Network Marketing was not for me. However, one of the reasons I stayed for so long was Emily Wright the Co Founder of Doterra and her passion for sustainability and looking after the farmers that grow the plants for the oils.

She is a very lovely, kind, caring successful leader of a very exciting and successful natural health business.

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10 – Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE – Space Scientist and educator

One of my favourite scientists to watch is Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE. She is an honorary research associate at University College London.

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11 – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – member of the Democratic Party, she has been the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district

Inspirational and passionate member of the Democratic Party who is champion for the normal working class person in the USA.

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12 – Catherine Mayer – Author and co-founder of Women’s Equality Party


13 – Gina Miller – Business Owner and Activist

I have been very impressed with Gina Miller and her tireless campaign to remain in the European Union.

She set up the True and Fair Campaign which aims to ensure there is transparency with all financial investments.

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14 – Melinda Gates – co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.

Best known for working towards a polio free world with their polio vaccination program and the end to poverty.

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15 – Musimbi Kanyoro – CEO and President of the Global Fund for Women

Recognised and admired for her leadership, Musimbi is a true Global Leader of our time.

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16 – Ruth Zurbriggen – Activist and researcher of the La Revuelta Feminist Collective

The activist and researcher of the Feminist Collective La Revuelta


17 – Dr Gail Bradbrook – Founder of International social movement Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is a movement founded to raise the profile of climate emergency by using civil disobedience.

Bradbrook has been involved in many campaigns including anti-fracking campaigns.

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18 – Barbara Streisand

Growing up in the 70’s Barbara Streisand was everywhere, I watched her movies and listened to her songs but I wasn’t aware of her story.

She is a strong formidable woman who has definitely been the master of her own success.

The list of honors awarded to her read like a book.

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19 – Caroline Lucas  – Green Party Leader

Formerly the leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas is fiercely devoted to green issues and a campaigner and activist for lots of local and global issues including animal cruelty.

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This is a list of women who inspire me, who have been recognised for their work and who give back to the community, which was what makes and great woman.

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