With International Women's Day on Friday, this week is all about gender balance.
Especially given the theme of this year's cultural event - #BalanceForBetter - a call-to-arms for accelerating gender balance in business, politics, media coverage and wealth.
So, with this in mind. Here are five amazing women our PR & Marketing Manager Emily could celebrate all day, every day.
Whenever I need some feel-good vibes, Sigrid is my go-to. Usually seen bare-faced in a pair of comfy high-waisted mum jeans, a plain white t-shirt and a pair of Converse, Sigrid is self-assured, but not arrogant. Insightful about modern life as a young woman, but not preachy.
i-D magazine had it spot on when they described her as a Norwegian musical hybrid of MØ and Adele, achieving international success after winning the BBC Music Sound of 2018 award last year.
Her road to success, however, came with some hurdles. One which happened in her early music days was during a songwriting session. Sigrid described how she was patronised, talked over and made to feel like her ideas were worthless.
“They made me feel like I was in the way. I totally get they might not have been excited to work with me, but they didn’t have to be so rude”.
Sigrid used this incident to propel her career to where it is today. And it’s actually what her debut EP was all about - "Don't Kill My Vibe".
Before launching the candid online platform Gurls Talk, Adwoa Aboah was mostly known for her incredible work in pushing greater diversity in the fashion industry (which she still absolutely does do, by the way).
After suffering from depression and drug addiction, Aboah started Gurls Talk; an online platform where women can openly discuss the problems they’re facing and engage with other people who are in similar situations.
The topics range from mental health issues to relationships. Problems in the workplace to problems at home.
As well as that, Aboah also coordinates events to bring young women from all over the country together and bond, with the aim of taking her platform into schools.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done within the education system. We want to take these conversations into academic curriculums”.
I first learned about Hannah Gadsby and her game-changing stand-up comedy special, Nannette last summer.
Nannette was already being coined as one of the greatest stand-up sets of our time, and after watching the 60-minute Netflix special, I knew why.
Throughout Nannette, Gadbsy switches between charming observational anecdotes, to brutal honesty to illustrate the dire way comedy fails to confront reality.
"I built a career out of deprecating humour, and I simply will not do that anymore. Not to myself or anybody who identifies with me".
In the episode, Gadsby touches upon growing up in Tasmania, Australia, where to be a homosexual was an illegal act until 1997. Imagine that, as a 40-year old woman, over half her life she’s lived in a community which viewed her identity a crime.
Throughout Gadsby deals openly with the sexism, homophobia and assaults she’s endured as being, in her own words, a “butch, lesbian, comedian”.
By the time the episode finished, my heart was on the floor. The hairs on my arms were upright like needles, and I felt an overwhelming sense of empowerment, pride, sadness, and respect.
I implore you to watch all 60-minutes and let the ripple effect of positive conversations flow.
Also, look out for her spot in Netflix's latest ad which aims to "make room for stories that don't find their way in Hollywood".
Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes
Anyone who knows me will know I find it hard not to drop these two into conversations.
They’re the duo who run the weekly pop-culture podcast - The HighLow - inspired by Vanity Fair editor, Tina Brown’s, concept of ‘high low journalism’.
Both Dolly & Pandora are journalists and authors themselves, and believe in the concept that “life is best consumed with a mix of the trivial and the political”. As seen by the way they offer up current affairs commentary with a sprinkle of Kim K for levity.
Admittedly, the duo wear their middle-class privilege on their sleeve. Yet, they are passionate about using the platform to bring topics on gender equality as well as social, economic, racial and age equality, to the frontline.
They also read an impressive amount, so you’re never short of book recommendations either.
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