International Women’s Day: Trailblazers

Move aside fellas; It’s International Women’s Day. A chance to celebrate women everywhere. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite lady legends and women who kick butt—kerpow!

Emmeline Pankhurst

Why she inspires us: Emmeline demanded equality for women as the leader of the suffragette movement. Her determination led to the first women’s vote in 1918. In other words, a rockstar!

Malala Yousafzai

Why she inspires us: Malala Yousafzai survived a Taliban assassination attempt when she lobbied for girls’ education in Pakistan. She was then awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She remains the youngest recipient of the prize so far.

Michelle Obama

Why she inspires us: Well, besides being a graduate of Princeton and Harvard, a lawyer, devoted mother and married to Barak Obama. Michelle is an advocate for women’s equality and encourages young girls everywhere to ‘spread your wings and soar’.

Serena Williams

Why she inspires us: Serena is the greatest female tennis player of all time (winning 23 grand slams), she also won the 2017 Australian Open while two months pregnant (!!!) A proper lady legend.

The Queen

Why she inspired us: Well, apart from being the Queen, her majesty started ruling aged 25 and two years’ ago became Britain’s longest-service Monarch—65 years!

The Spice Girls

Why they inspire us: Five strong British women, dressed in ridiculous outfits revolutionised the global pop scene and took over the world. The Spice Girls gave us Girl Power (and not forgetting zig-ah-zig-ah)!

J.K. Rowling

Why she inspires us: Err, Harry Potter of course. J.K. Rowling brought the magic of reading to a generation of small kids (and let’s face it, big kids).

These are just famous women. All over the world, women fight for equal rights and respect, inspiring the next generation of young girls.

It’s not too late to get involved this International Women’s Day. Visit for more inspirational icons or use the hashtag #BalanceForBetter on Twitter.


Laura Marie Parker