If the last couple of years have shown us anything, it’s that there are a number of major causes worldwide that have captured the imagination of the public and highlighted a continued need for awareness and reform. From the BLM movement, to LGBTQ+ rights, to climate change, there are issues on which people around the world have started to have their collective voices heard.

Gender equality has been in sharp focus for many years now and that’s why we’ve chosen to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021 with this blogpost, dedicated to some amazing accomplishments from women around the world over the past few years.

We have seen incredible achievements in politics, business, sports, the arts, and activism, as women’s voices are being heard louder than ever before. We want to do all we can to engage with women everywhere and continue this positive movement.

Political Prowess

Events in 2020 made it one of the most challenging years for political leaders all around the world. Coronavirus has affected virtually every corner of the globe, but some of the nations to emerge with the most credit from the crisis are led by women.

It’s been well-documented how successfully the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has dealt with the pandemic, amongst many other issues. Ardern’s swift response has meant that New Zealand recently went over 100 days without a single case, helping to ensure the safety of her citizens. She has also shown progressive views on same-sex marriage and nuclear-free policies, helping her to 38th in Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world in 2019.

Elsewhere in the world, Kamala Harris became the first female, African-American and Asian-American Vice President of the United States of America, running alongside President Joe Biden. The Democrats’ campaign also saw Sarah McBride elected to Delaware’s State Senate, making her the first transgender state senator in US history.

The Nordic region has also been shining light for female political leaders, with Sanna Marin, Erna Solberg, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, and Mette Frederiksen in charge across Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark respectively.

Girl Power helping progression

Several current issues around the world are empowering young people to take a significant role in activism, many of them being young women.

One of the most prominent has been 18-year-old Swede, Greta Thunberg. The impact of climate change is now a daily feature of the news cycle and Thunberg has become one of the most widely recognised environmental activists in the world, challenging world leaders to take immediate action on the crisis. She has received consecutive nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize (2019 and 2020).

Thunberg is by no means alone in speaking up for the younger generation on matters of international importance. Amanda McKenzie is one of the most well-known public commentators on the climate crisis in Australia and co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Her activism has led to recognition as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and being a finalist in Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year awards.

Macinley Butson from Wollongong is another young woman using innovation to encourage change – having started inventing at the age of just 6, the 19-year-old has already created products to aid water sanitization and protect women going through radiotherapy from excess radiation. She won the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in 2019 and the NSW Australian of the Year in 2018.

Making waves in the Arts

Throughout the ups and downs of 2020 and beyond, many of us have relied more than ever on the arts to keep us sane and entertained, and creative women the world over have continued to come to the fore.

In music, artists such as Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa have been virtually permanent fixtures at the top of the charts for several years now, achieving millions of downloads and headline slots at festivals… the latter of which we can’t wait to see come back again! Closer to home, we’ve seen incredible musicians such as Courtney Barnett and Sampa the Great come out of Australia and dominate the airwaves.

Several modern figures are also leading the way for female empowerment in the film and TV industries. Margot Robbie and Rebel Wilson have followed in the footsteps of their Aussie predecessors Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette in lighting up our screens in some of the biggest blockbusters in recent years.

Smashing it in the Sports Arena

Women’s sport has been on an incredible rise over the past ten years in particular, with increased TV coverage and crowd attendances at events all over the world.

Australia’s female cricketers have been a leading light in the world of women’s sport, with their fifth T20 World Cup title being watched last year at the MCG by over 90,000 people. Players like Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and skipper Meg Lanning have all been mainstays throughout an incredible era for the women’s game in Australia.

Tayla Harris is another formidable Australian sportswoman who has been making waves not just for Carlton Football Club in the AFL Women’s, but also as a professional boxer! Harris was Carlton’s leading goalkicker in both 2018 and 2019, and she’s undefeated in her seven boxing bouts. She’s also done great work to help prevent online abuse against women, so pretty good all round!

Feeding back female views

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